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Stories of Scotland is a multi-award-winning Scottish history podcast. Join hosts Jenny and Annie as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Jenny and Annie travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of modern life.

Stories of Scotland celebrates Scottish history through traditional storytelling, archival research, museum objects and wandering in nature. It is recorded in Inverness & hosted by Jenny, an environmental scientist & Annie, an archivist.

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    • 4.9 • 296 Ratings

Stories of Scotland is a multi-award-winning Scottish history podcast. Join hosts Jenny and Annie as they unravel the rich tapestry of Scotland’s culture, nature and heritage. Prepared to climb into caves, cairns and chaos, Jenny and Annie travel around Scotland and investigate how stories of the past can help us make sense of modern life.

Stories of Scotland celebrates Scottish history through traditional storytelling, archival research, museum objects and wandering in nature. It is recorded in Inverness & hosted by Jenny, an environmental scientist & Annie, an archivist.

    Schiehallion: A Perthshire Mountain that Weighed the World

    Schiehallion: A Perthshire Mountain that Weighed the World

    Annie and Jenny hike up Schiehallion, one of Scotland’s most famous peaks. This astounding mountain is home to world changing history. This episode includes an oral history with a squeaky rocking chair. Located in the heart of Scotland, Schiehallion was the site of an intricate experiment that weighed the world. It’s unique conical shape drew astronomers, physicists, mathematicians and geologists together in the 18th century to calculate the earth’s mass for the first time, causing an earthquake in the warring schools of geology.

    Mountaineering in the Scottish Highlands can be dangerous, especially in the winter, but an excerpt from the Scottish Mountaineering Journal opens up the Scottish Wilderness and all it’s beauty during this time.

    Stories of Scotland is an award-winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.
    You can support Stories of Scotland on Patreon! www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland

    References:
    CA Sage, Schiehallion Poem, Dundee Evening Telegraph, 1910.
    James G Scott (Contributor), Calum Iain Maclean (Fieldworker), SA1958.99, The School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh. (https://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/track/37020)
    John Sinclair, Schiehallion: A Posy of Rannoch Poesy, Stirling, 1905.
    Joseph Gibson Scott, Schiehallion, Scottish Mountaineering Journal, the Scottish Mountaineering Club, Edinburgh, 1895.
    Herbert Trench (published by name FHT), Schiehallion poem, Westminster Gazette, 1897.

    • 51 min
    Clan MacMhuirich: A bardic family

    Clan MacMhuirich: A bardic family

    Jenny and Annie learn about the MacMhuirich bardic family and the significance of bards in the Gaelic dominium. This tremendously fun episode takes us back to Medieval Ireland, to look at the time when the seeds of the MacMhuirich dynasty were sown in Scotland.

    We recite some English translates of MacMhuirich poetry and look at the stories behind their compositions.

     References:
    Robert Crawford, Clan Donald’s Call to Battle At Harlaw (2008), read the full version at: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/clan-donalds-call-battle-harlaw/
    Elanor Hull, A textbook of Irish Literature (1906).
    Martin Martin, A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland (1703).
    Derek Thompson, The MacMhuirich bardic family, The Poetry of Niall MacMhuirich, and Niall Mòr MacMhuirich all published in the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness (1960-1976).

    • 43 min
    Battle Cries of the Clan Lands: Sluagh-Ghairm

    Battle Cries of the Clan Lands: Sluagh-Ghairm

    Jenny and Annie continue looking at Highland clan culture, exploring the sluagh-ghairm.

    Sluagh-ghairm is Gaelic and translates to ‘battle cry’ but it has multi-layered meanings. Sluagh-ghairm is also where we get the English word ‘slogan’ used in advertising. A Highland clan would choose a sluagh-ghairm to showcase their bravery, values, or very often as the gathering place for the fighting men. Join Jenny and Annie as they explore the battle cry of the Clan Macnaghten/MacNaughton and the legends of Fraoch Eilean, an island of Loch Awe.

    Listen to an authentic Gaelic ballad of Fraoch and the rowan berries here: https://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/track/88050
    The Records of Argyll, Legends Traditions of Argyllshire Highlanders is available to read here: https://archive.org/stream/recordsofargylll00campuoft

    Stories of Scotland is an award-winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.  We are forever grateful to our Patreon supporters who make this show possible: www.patreon.com/storiesofscotland

    • 31 min
    Clan Lands: Dùthchas & Diarmuid

    Clan Lands: Dùthchas & Diarmuid

    Annie and Jenny start to explore the relationship between Highland clans and land. We begin by discussing the Gaelic concept of Dùthchas, learning more about how clans divided up their territories.
    We then move to the legend of Diarmuid Ua Duibhne and Gràinne. We look at the connection between Ireland and Scotland, and how legends shape our clan identities.

    Look out for these Gaelic phrases-
    Dualchas: heritage or tradition.
    Dùthchas: place of birth, hereditary rights to land, birth-tie.
    Fàilte is furan: a warm welcome!
    Geas: a curse, spell or enchantment.
    Slàinte mhath: good health, cheers! A toast to your health.
    Stories of Scotland is an award-winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.

    • 36 min
    A Fire Will o' the Wisp: A Mischievous Fire

    A Fire Will o' the Wisp: A Mischievous Fire

    Annie and Jenny explore spunkie-haunted bogs, the natural phenomenon that has long been regarded in Scottish folklore as a forewarning symbol of danger. In the Highlands, we call them Spunkies, but you may know them as the Will o the Wisps!

    These are thought to be caused by the spontaneous ignition of gas that has been produced by rotting marsh vegetation however folklore associated will o the wisp connected them with the spirits of the dead and even imps or fairies. They are known to be deadly, luring travelers to their doom. 

    We read from extracts in the Inverness Courier, Aberdeen Press & Journal, and Ada Goodrich Freer’s Folklore on the Hebrides. 

    You can listen to oral histories on Spunkies here:

    www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/43382 and

    http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/75955

    You can read an original Victorian broadside ballad based on the Will o the Wisp here: https://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/view/?id=16041 Stories of Scotland is a multi-award-winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in Inverness in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.

    • 30 min
    Over the Sea to Skye: Bonnie Prince Charlie's Escape

    Over the Sea to Skye: Bonnie Prince Charlie's Escape

    Join Annie and Jenny on a Wild Prince Chase as they follow the path of Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden. We meet the wonderful and romanticised Flora MacDonald, the young islander at the heart of a scheme to support Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape.

    We read from a letter from Charles Edward Stuart sent on 28th April 1646, and use accounts of his escape from The Lyon in Mourning by Bishop Forbes. Also, we quote from Flora MacDonald which was taken in Apple Cross Bay on July 12th 1746 on the UK National Archives website.

    Stories of Scotland is a multi-award-winning Scottish history podcast, proudly recorded in Inverness in the Highlands. We research our heritage and mythology podcast using archives, books, museum objects, and oral histories from across Scotland.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
296 Ratings

296 Ratings

Persistentgaze ,

Sings in my heart

I have Scottish blood so the stories ring in my heart. AND the hilarious and sweet dialogue between the hosts is so much fun to listen to! A new fave!

s.m😛😍 ,

Like time with very interesting friends

I am now very disappointed in the actual sound of a pheasant call. Thank you for all of the hard work and heartfelt care that is put into your episodes. It makes me feel like I am back in Scotland. Cheers from the highlands of Appalachia.

1234Running ,

Great Information and Entertainment!

I found this podcast to get more information about Scotland and its history after my DNA test results came back. I was surprised to see that my DNA heritage estimate was mostly Scottish, and then I was disheartened by the fact that I knew absolutely nothing about Scotland, its culture, or its history. This podcast has helped to rectify my ignorance about Scotland, and Jenny and Annie are incredibly entertaining while they deliver such information. I also love that they use articles and other writings from the archives to help you really put yourself into the shoes of someone from the time period of the topic.

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