58 episodes

Everyone knows the history of Scotland: the romance of the highlands with Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Northern Isles with their Pictish and Viking heritage, Dundee with Jute and Jam, Glasgow and its shipyards and Edinburgh and the New Town Enlightenment. But what of the Borders? A published historian and archivist, Mary, and her friend, Doug, explore the less well-trodden paths of Scottish history and folklore as they shine a light on some of the best kept secrets of times past and present in the Scottish Borders. Join them as they chat and natter about the chequered history of the Borders region and reveal that, despite the best efforts of Hollywood, not all of the dramatic, historical intrigue and derring-do took place in the Scottish Highlands.

Borders Bletherings Realm

    • History
    • 3.8 • 10 Ratings

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Everyone knows the history of Scotland: the romance of the highlands with Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Northern Isles with their Pictish and Viking heritage, Dundee with Jute and Jam, Glasgow and its shipyards and Edinburgh and the New Town Enlightenment. But what of the Borders? A published historian and archivist, Mary, and her friend, Doug, explore the less well-trodden paths of Scottish history and folklore as they shine a light on some of the best kept secrets of times past and present in the Scottish Borders. Join them as they chat and natter about the chequered history of the Borders region and reveal that, despite the best efforts of Hollywood, not all of the dramatic, historical intrigue and derring-do took place in the Scottish Highlands.

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    Burke and Hare

    Burke and Hare

    Join Mary and Doug as they talk about all things macabre, graverobbing and the surgeons of Edinburgh University.
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    • 47 min
    Gypsies' Field of Blood

    Gypsies' Field of Blood

    Join Mary and Doug as they discuss a gypsy battle, murder most foul and even a missing body in the late 17th century.
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    • 39 min
    John Buchan

    John Buchan

    John Buchan - Novelist, historian, journalist, intelligence officer, politician and Borderer.
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    • 39 min
    The Rough Wooing

    The Rough Wooing

    Mary and Doug discuss the reality of the rough wooing and how the Borders bore the brunt of a marriage proposal gone wrong.
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    • 50 min
    The Great War part 2

    The Great War part 2

    What were the consequences of the aftermath of the Great War in the Scottish Borders?
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    • 46 min
    The Great War part 1

    The Great War part 1

    How the Great War affected the Scottish Borders.
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    • 38 min

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10 Ratings

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