The Fyrish Monument

The Fyrish Monument

On a hill overlooking the Cromarty Firth is a striking, most un-highland monument. It is a replica of the gates of Negapatam, a port in Madras (now Chennai) in South East India. Negapatam was originally a Dutch colony, but it was won by the British in 1781. Responsible for this success was Sir Hector Munro, […]

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The Maxwell Johnstone Feud-The Theft of Ane Black Horse and the Aftermath

The Maxwell Johnstone Feud-The Theft of Ane Black Horse and the Aftermath

By 1593 the feud that had existed between the Maxwells and the Johnstones, the two most powerful families in south-west Scotland, was to reach its zenith. The feud was long-standing as it had existed for over a century. Whilst the culmination of the feud would result in the Battle of Dryfe Sands which has already […]

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The Wardens of the Marches

The Wardens of the Marches

The relationship between Scotland and England wasn’t always as amicable as it is today.  From the late 13th century to the 16th century, Scotland and England were constantly at war with each other.  This created a lawless environment where crime soared, people from both sides of the border would live more like outlaws, taking advantage […]

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