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What lessons can we find from the ghosts of the past? Join journalist and tour guide Ryan Latto as he unearths the truth about Scottish history, folklore, and myths by speaking to people whose lives are still connected to them.

Unearthed Ryan Latto

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    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

What lessons can we find from the ghosts of the past? Join journalist and tour guide Ryan Latto as he unearths the truth about Scottish history, folklore, and myths by speaking to people whose lives are still connected to them.

    Be More Pirate

    Be More Pirate

    We've talked a lot about pirates over the last few episodes, so in this Unearthed special I chat to Alex Barker from the Be More Pirate movement, about what pirates and the Golden Age of Piracy can mean for you today.

    • 47 min
    The Trial of Captain Kidd

    The Trial of Captain Kidd

    He sailed the seas in search of pirates, but the world that he thought supported him, would turn against him - branding him a pirate instead. This episode examines the trial and aftermath of Scottish born pirate Captain William Kidd. Was he a notorious villain, or victim of a villainous elite?






    Interviews with:


    Richard Zacks: Author of Pirate HunterDr David Wilson: Historian at Strathclyde UniversityNoel Young: Journalist and founder of www.pardoncaptainkidd.comAlex Barker: Author and Captain of the Be More Pirate movement.

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    • 54 min
    Captain Kidd: Pirate or Privateer?

    Captain Kidd: Pirate or Privateer?

    Captain William Kidd is a name that permeates pirate lore, but what is less discussed are his Scottish routes. But was this man a terror of the high seas, or patriotic privateer? What's the difference between pirates and privateers anyway? Join me in the first of this two part episode, where I'll investigate the life and crimes of Captain Kidd so you can make your mind up before his trial - is he innocent or shall he hang?






    Interviews with:


    Dr David Wilson, historian and authorRichard Zacks, author of Pirate HunterNoel Young, journalist and founder of the Pardon Captain Kidd campaign.

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    • 49 min
    Allan Pinkerton vs. Jesse James

    Allan Pinkerton vs. Jesse James

    What led Scottish born Allan Pinkerton to track down one of America's most notorious outlaws? Jesse James is a house hold name to many, but in this episode we unearth the legend of both Pinkerton and James, to find out what brought these two men on a massive collision course, and how that ultimately changed the face of the Pinkerton Agency forever.


    Interviews with:


    T.J Stiles - Pulitzer prize winning author of Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil WarBob Whitaker - Historian and producer of History Respawned PodcastIan Templeton - ex-police officer from Glasgow

    • 56 min
    The Pinkerton National Detective Agency

    The Pinkerton National Detective Agency

    Did you know that the founder of the American secret service was from Glasgow? This week I take a look at the life of Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, and how he and his crew foiled a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. It's a story of gun-slinging, murder, espionage, and cowboys. So welcome to Allan Pinkerton's Wild West!






    Unearthed is a Scottish history podcast that dusts off the history books to take you back in time to find out more about lesser-known heroes from Scotland's past. What can we learn from the ghosts of the past?


    Support the show by joining the Unearthed Club.

    • 43 min
    Frances Wright's Utopia

    Frances Wright's Utopia

    Who fired the starter gun for equality? Is there someone out there who pioneered centuries of furious debate for women's rights? This is the story of a Dundee born legend whose legacy resonates with us today - despite her being side-lined by history. How she would grow up to be a leading figure in a movement that would set the world on a new course. This is the story of Frances Wright and her Utopia.


    Interviews:


    Dr Kenneth Baxter, Dundee UniversityDr Jane Rendall, University of YorkDr Allison Lange, Wentworth Institute of TechnologyIan Houston, President of the Scottish Business Network

    Support the show by joining the Unearthed Club on Patreon and get access to my mini series Superstitions as well as full-length interviews and behind the scenes extras,

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Catherinii ,

Really enjoying this

Ryan Latto is a fantastic presenter and I’ll look him up when he’s back to touring again! In the meantime I hope he makes lots more of these podcasts- it’s opening up parts of Scottish history that I never knew about in a really sensitive and informed way.

Elsie Dunn ,

Insightful, entertaining, thought-provoking

Ryan Latto is clearly a passionate storyteller and a dedicated journalist who has done an excellent job with this podcast. He is shining a fresh light on stories that many of us think we know, but with his insightful thoughts and expert guests encourages the listener to think again. There’s also stories you won’t have heard, and throughout there are challenges to preconceived notions about Scotland and its history. A thoroughly recommended podcast, and having listened to both seasons I am anticipating with pleasure the arrival of season three. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Shuggie McGurk ,

Scottish history with a twist

If you’re looking for a podcast about Scottish history that is a bit different Unearthed is for you. The depth of subjects can and will keep you entertained for hours. Recommended

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