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Episode 9 - Taking Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle has been at the heart of Scotland for centuries, but what do you do when someone takes it from you? Close your eyes and take a trip through the time vortex with us to find out...

Episode 8 - Mrs Barbour’s Army

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Meet Mary Barbour, the woman who took on Glasgow's First World War slumlords and played an invaluable role in the history of modern Scotland.


Episode 7 - You Win Or You Die

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Whether you liked or loathed the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones, you’ll love these two stories which inspired the Red Wedding.


Episode 5 - Black Death (Part 1)

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The Bubonic Plague has arrived in Scotland. Not among the squalor of a medieval village, but on the streets of Victorian Glasgow. Where has it come from, and why is it spreading?


Episode 3 - Tam o’ Shanter

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Meet Tam - one of Robert Burns' most famous creations - as he rides from Ayr through Alloway and meets some... suspicious characters. This is something a bit different for us, and we put a lot into making it so we hope you enjoy!

Episode 6 - Black Death (Part 2)

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A nightmare has descended upon Edinburgh. The great plague, the Black Death, has returned and there is nothing anyone can do to stop it...


Episode 4 - Third Degree Burns

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Robert Burns was one of the great poets of his age, a Scottish hero, our national Bard and the toast of high society throughout his short career. This story isn't about him - not completely anyway.


Episode 2 - We Eat People

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Scottish history is full of stories of bloodthirsty characters... but are they any more than just characters? Let's meet a couple and find out.


Episode 1 - Riot Act

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We love to kick up a rammy when faced with authority. So what do the authorities do to protect themselves? We go back to 1919 and one of the last times The Riot Act was heard on Scotland's streets.


This is Scotland: a podcast about Scottish history and the places we made it.

This is a show about the stories from history that tell us something about what makes us Scottish. We tell narrative stories, selected randomly from throughout Scottish history.

No shortbread, no kilts, some bagpipes.