Scotland's History explores people, places, events, culture and folklore from the Far North and Northern Isles to the Borders. Scots have left their mark on the world and many of these notable people will be covered in these podcasts too.
Christmas in Scotland
In this podcast I look at the history of Christmas in Scotland and the traditions associated with it. The video can be found at www.youtube.com/ValerieForsyth
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Alloa Tower and the Doom of Mar
In this podcast I take a look at the history behind the Doom of Mar, a series of curses placed on the Erskine family by an abbot from Cambuskenneth Abbey, and the effect it had on Alloa Tower itself. You can watch the full video at www.youtube.com/ValerieForsyth
Kennetpand Distillery - The World's First Commerical Distillery
Kennetpans Distillery was built in the 18th century on the banks of the River Forth between Clackmannan in Clackmannanshire and Kincardine in Fife. Some of the buildings remain but are in a ruinous condition. This is the story of the first large scale commercial distillery in the world. You can watch the full video at www.youtube.com/ValerieForsyth
The Kirriemuir Poisoning Case
In August 1890 Mary Ann Innes died at the Newton Hotel in Kirriemuir. Her husband John Webster stood trial for her murder due to arsenic poisoning but did he really do it? You can watch the full video at www.youtube.com/ValerieForsyth
Who Hanged Mark Devlin?
On Saturday 30th May 1835 Mark Devlin was hanged in Dundee. The question is who actually hanged him as the person who usually carried out these sentences was in Forfar at the time? You can watch the full video at www.youtube.com/ValerieForsyth
New Zealand's Scottish Outlaw
James Mackenzie was born in Ross-shire, Scotland, in the early 19th century, but emigrated to Australia then New Zealand. He was accused of sheep and cattle rustling but evaded capture. He was eventually he was caught along with his dog Friday. Friday made history as she is the only dog to ever stand trial in New Zealand. You can watch the full video at www.youtube.com/ValerieForsyth