59 episodes

Welcome to the History of Scotland Podcast.

We tell the in-depth chronological story of the proud nation of Scotland, from the Bronze Age, to the Invasion of the Romans, then the Rise of the Kingdom of Picts, to the formation of the Kingdom of Alba, The transformation from Alba to Scotland, the defiance of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, the control of the Stuarts and the union of the crowns, then finally learning about a country no longer independent that leads up to the modern age.

So come and join us on this great journey whilst we explore the great, the proud, the horrible and the ugly History of Scotland.

New podcasts released weekly, 3 podcasts a month.

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Welcome to the History of Scotland Podcast.

We tell the in-depth chronological story of the proud nation of Scotland, from the Bronze Age, to the Invasion of the Romans, then the Rise of the Kingdom of Picts, to the formation of the Kingdom of Alba, The transformation from Alba to Scotland, the defiance of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, the control of the Stuarts and the union of the crowns, then finally learning about a country no longer independent that leads up to the modern age.

So come and join us on this great journey whilst we explore the great, the proud, the horrible and the ugly History of Scotland.

New podcasts released weekly, 3 podcasts a month.

All podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Podbean, Spotify and many other great podcasting platforms.

    Episode 58 - Catching up with the Nobles Part 2

    Episode 58 - Catching up with the Nobles Part 2

    This week, we will cover various notable figures, including the famous clans that rose to further power during Alexander II’s reign and other significant family members related to the king. These individuals and families were not merely passive subjects of the crown; they were active participants in the shaping of Scotland’s destiny, each with their own ambitions, loyalties, and legacies.
    By understanding the roles and actions of these nobles and clans, we can gain a clearer picture of the forces at play in Scotland during the early 13th century. This exploration sets the stage for the forthcoming conflicts and the eventual struggle for Scottish independence.
    So, without further ado, let’s jump back into the late 12th and early 13th centuries and explore the noble families of Scotland. Our journey will begin with Marie de Coucy, the second wife of Alexander II and mother of Alexander III. Marie’s life and actions had a profound impact on the kingdom, from her influence at court to her role in ensuring the succession of her son.
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    • 29 min
    Episode 57 - Catching up with the Nobles Part 1

    Episode 57 - Catching up with the Nobles Part 1

    Hello everyone and welcome to the History of Scotland, Episode 57.
    Today, we are taking a slight detour from our usual narrative to catch up with the noble families of Scotland during Alexander II's reign. These episodes are crucial as they help set the context for the forthcoming conflicts and the rise of Scottish national identity. While we have previously touched upon the noble families of Scotland in earlier episodes, this time, we will focus more on the individuals within these families. This approach is necessitated by the wealth of information available about these figures, allowing us to paint a more detailed and nuanced picture of their lives, ambitions, and contributions.
    The nobility of Scotland played a pivotal role in the country’s medieval history. Their alliances, feuds, and loyalties were instrumental in shaping the political landscape of the time. During Alexander II’s reign, the dynamics among the noble families were particularly significant, as many of these families were rising to prominence and consolidating their power. Understanding these dynamics is essential for comprehending the broader historical context, especially as we move towards the Wars of Independence.
    In our current exploration, we will look at notable individuals such as the powerful Comyns, the influential Bruces, and the strategic Stewarts, among others. Each of these figures had a unique impact on Scottish history, and their actions during Alexander II's reign set the stage for the dramatic events that were to follow. Next week, we will continue this journey by examining other key figures and the famous clans that rose to further power during this period.
    So, without further ado, let’s jump into the late 12th and early 13th centuries and immerse ourselves in the lives of the noble families of Scotland. Through their stories, we will gain a deeper understanding of the period and set the stage for the monumental events that would shape Scotland’s future. Join me as we uncover the intricate and compelling histories of these noble individuals, whose legacies continue to influence our understanding of Scotland's rich and complex past.
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    • 38 min
    Episode 56 - Ambitions of Life

    Episode 56 - Ambitions of Life

    Hello everyone and welcome to the History of Scotland, Episode 56.
    Well, today we will be bidding farewell to our king, Alexander II. His reign has been eventful, hasn’t it? Many things have been accomplished, and his legacy is undeniable. As is tradition now, I invite you to grab a hot drink, turn up the volume on your radio or headphones, and join me as we head back to Alexander II's reign in 1241, preparing to say goodbye to a king who was every bit as much a warrior as his father was.
    Alexander II, who was born on August 24, 1198, ascended to the throne in 1214 following the death of his father, William the Lion. Throughout his reign, Alexander was known as a king who was not afraid to assert his authority, whether it was against internal dissent or external threats. He proved to be a capable leader in securing Scotland’s borders and ensuring peace within his kingdom.
    But as we journey back to 1241, we find a king who, despite his achievements, faced new challenges. The year marked a turning point as Alexander II sought to secure the Western Isles, which remained under Norwegian control. This ambitious endeavor would define the last years of his reign and set the stage for future conflicts.
    Alexander’s focus on the Western Isles was not just about territorial expansion. It was also about consolidating his kingdom and asserting his influence over regions that were historically contested. His actions during this time would have lasting implications for Scotland’s future, especially concerning its relationship with Norway and the Western Isles.
    In addition to external threats, Alexander II also faced internal dissent, particularly from powerful noble families who sought to challenge his authority. However, he managed to navigate these challenges with a firm hand and a keen understanding of politics. His reign was characterized by a delicate balance between diplomacy and warfare, demonstrating his skills as both a warrior and a statesman.
    As we look back at Alexander II's reign, it becomes clear that he was a king who was driven by ambition and a desire to secure his legacy. He was not content to rest on his laurels but instead sought to expand his kingdom and secure its future. His reign, though marked by challenges, was also marked by achievements, and his legacy would live on through his son, Alexander III.
    So, as we prepare to bid farewell to Alexander II, let’s remember the man who was not just a king but a warrior, a knight, and a visionary. His reign was one of ambition and determination, and his legacy would shape the future of Scotland for generations to come.
    Now, without further ado, let’s journey back to the final years of Alexander II’s reign and explore the events that shaped his legacy.
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    • 34 min
    Episode 55 - The Warrior and Knight

    Episode 55 - The Warrior and Knight

    Hello everyone and welcome to the History of Scotland, Episode 55.
    Our story resumes in the year 1221, a time when Scotland was still stitching itself together from the fabric of feudal loyalties and regional allegiances. Alexander, young and ardently driven, was not content to sit idle while opportunities to fortify his kingdom presented themselves. His actions during this period laid the groundwork for what would become defining moments of his reign.
    But as we'll see, not all was to be victories and expansions. Tragedy, too, would find its way to Alexander's door. The untimely death of his first wife brought both personal grief and political challenges. How did a king, so focused on the expansion and security of his realm, cope with such intimate loss? And how did this personal tragedy affect his political maneuvers and decisions at court?
    Moreover, Alexander’s ambitions stretched to the northern reaches of his kingdom, where the influence of the Kingdom of Norway still held sway over the Isles and parts of the mainland. His confrontations there would not only define his military and diplomatic tactics but also shape the future interactions between Scotland and Norway. Will Alexander’s campaigns against these seasoned sea warriors bolster his legacy as a warrior king, or will they prove to be overreaching ventures that strain his resources and resolve?
    We will delve into these questions and more as we unravel the fabric of Alexander II’s kingship. How did he navigate the complex web of feudal loyalties and regional power bases? What strategies did he employ to assert his authority over the rugged territories of Argyll and the Isles? And what were the outcomes of his confrontations with the entrenched powers of Norway?
    As we explore these poignant chapters of Scottish history, remember that the past is not merely a series of events but a mosaic of human experiences, ambitions, and heartbreaks. Each decision and battle not only shaped Alexander's reign but also the very fabric of Scotland itself.
    So, grab your hot drink, turn up the volume on your radio or headphones, and let’s travel back to the bustling courts and battle-scarred landscapes of Alexander II’s Scotland. Whether at home or on the go, join me as we discover whether Alexander II’s audacious efforts to expand his kingdom were met with triumph or despair.
    And as always, we're not just recounting history; we're stepping into the lives of those who lived it. Let’s find out together how Alexander II’s tale unfolds.
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    • 35 min
    Episode 54 - Alexander II "The King of Scots"

    Episode 54 - Alexander II "The King of Scots"

    Hello everyone and welcome to the History of Scotland, Episode 54.
    Today, we turn the pages of history to the son and heir of William I. Alexander II. As we explore the continuation of a royal lineage that profoundly shaped our nation. Born in the year 1198, during a period of relative stability, Alexander II was thrust into leadership, bearing the legacy of his father's tumultuous yet triumphant reign. The question that now looms large is whether his tenure as king would mirror the unpredictability of his father's or would he navigate a course of peace and stability, reminiscent of his uncle, Malcolm IV?
    Alexander II's early years were marked by his upbringing in a royal household that was no stranger to the demands and intrigues of governance. Educated and groomed to rule, he witnessed firsthand the complexities of political maneuvering and the weight of leadership that he was destined to inherit. His formative years, underscored by his experiences at the royal court, were pivotal in shaping his character and his approach to kingship.
    As we explore Alexander’s transition from prince to king, we'll delve into the dynamics of his relationship with his father, the influence of his mother, Ermengarde, and the impact of his tutors who were entrusted with his education. These relationships and his early experiences were crucial in molding a king whose reign would be scrutinized against the backdrop of his father's formidable legacy.
    Will Alexander’s reign be characterized by the strife and struggles that often accompanied his father’s rule, or will he steer Scotland towards a period of peace and prosperity? 
    As we delve into this episode, grab your favourite hot drink, adjust your radio or headphones, and settle in as we embark on a journey back to the late 12th century, to the very beginning of Alexander II’s life and ascension to the throne. Our story begins with the birth of the only son and heir of William I…
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    • 35 min
    Episode 53 - A Lions Rest

    Episode 53 - A Lions Rest

    Hello everyone and welcome to the History of Scotland, Episode 53.
    Today, we pivot back to our political narrative, focusing on the twilight years of William I's reign. Known posthumously as William the Lion, his tenure on the Scottish throne was a rollercoaster of highs and lows. Yet, through it all, his leadership ensured Scotland remained a sovereign and independent kingdom, a testament to his formidable prowess as a monarch.
    But, as with all tales, there comes a time to turn the page. Preparing to bid farewell to William is not something I do lightly. His impact on Scotland's history is profound, marking an era of significant development and enduring legacy. Yet, as the saying goes, history is a journey that marches ever onwards, and so must we.
    As we prepare to delve into the final chapters of William the Lion's reign, starting from 1194, I invite you to settle in. Whether you're tuning in over a warm cup of tea, nestled comfortably with a radio, or plugged in through headphones, let's journey back together to a pivotal moment in Scotland's storied past.
    Today's tale will explore the nuanced political landscape of the time, William's relentless pursuit of Scottish independence, and the legacy he left behind. It's a story of perseverance, strategic insight, and, ultimately, the enduring spirit of a nation.
    So, without further ado, let us step back into the annals of history, to the reign of William I, and witness the final act of a monarch whose name would forever echo in the halls of Scotland's history. Welcome, once again, to "The History of Scotland."
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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

MartaRichards ,

Great content but hard to understand speaker

I think the information is fantastic and full of facts. But the speaker definitely speaks too quickly and he doesn’t have a good cadence, especially when he is reading his prepared presentation. Lots of smacking, funny way of ending sentences with an increase in tone and pitch, throat and mouth sounds full of phlegm. Poor pronunciation of Scottish and Gaelic names and even normal English names and words. Big sighs at end of a few sentences like he needs to take a breath. Acts often like he is being forced to read boring stuff so he is hurrying—but I do not think this is the case. I believe he loves his topic. Needs practice in advance before recording. The content is so good that I still listen and gave four stars but I am sure lots of people will not persevere.

Bee Kimura ,

Informative and Entertaining

A lively podcast, informative and entertaining. I have only been to Scotland once, but you bring me there with every episode. Slàinte Mhath from an Urquhart in Northern California

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Awesome!

Really like the history of Scandinavia and hearing about Robert the first. Fun detail and great information on Scotland. If you like history it’s a must add. Great audio and host! Really interesting hearing about the Vikings. Looking forward to more!

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