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I’d like to begin by welcoming our new Patrons and thanking long-time Patrons for the continuation of your support. I’ve, hopefully, earned such excellent support. Typing up your requests from the excellent ‘Gazetteer of Scotland‘ (1847) has fair kept me busy over the last couple of months. 174 articles later and I felt a break was needed – it’s not nearly so random and interesting if we spend our time on the one thing forever...

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It’s been a busy couple of months since my last update. I honesty hadn’t realised it had been so long, – used to be a near daily thing. I’ll try to get the order of events as close as possible to how they occurred chronologically...

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RSH Newspaper Research

The British Newspaper Archive have provided us with banners for the site - anyone subscribing to them, via RSH, will now be helping maintain the site ☺️

I go to them for most research - their search function & filters are really useful to refine your searchings - most recently I was curious about the Flannan Isle Lighthouse mystery and so they were my first port-of-call for more info 😁

Pinned post posts only publish automatically to Twitter & I'm terrible at remembering to share them on other platforms, sorry. If you're into translated-from-Gaelic traditional popular tales head here -

Stories added on a fairly regular basis.

Patreon set up for those interested in obtaining ltd edition hardbacks of RSH publications -

For Railway Incidents, added by month super regularly see here -

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I guess my first toot would have to be to let folk know the 'Treaty of Union Articles' (2019) is available in paperback & kindle versions.

telling us exactly what the issues are with the union between Scotland & England.

Information that's incredibly still so relevant today.


Some may have already noticed, has a new tab at the top next to the Miscellany tab for Paul Burns' reproductions of Old Scottish Music, which I've now reordered into their original composers. I hope this will make them more accessible for people ☺️ Thank you so much for the live shown so far 🙏

Ah! Thank you so much for the downloads and showing us here at RSH that ye're intae what we're putting out there. @Paul13fiddle has been a truly excellent addition with his reproductions of Old Scottish Music ☺️

Intro Podcast under Transcription -

Paul's Old Scottish Music -

New offering from the wonderful @Paul13fiddle which follows on from the last on the theme of the Battle of Harlaw - pop by tae give it a wee listen 😉


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With thanks, as ever, to @FlikeNoir , who works ceaselessly at a true labour of love:

A fine example of bat mythology, which somehow manages to get *both* topics that always come up in bat discussuons: they're weird because the cross the mammal/bird boundary, and they offend the gods. It also adds a new accusation, rooted in solid Christian doctrine but bizarre to anyone who has encountered bats in subtropical or tropical climates: they're lazy. Bats? Lazy? God-offending creatures with poor taxonomic boundaries, sure, but lazy????

Was able tae gie masel enough of a break during "Three Hundred Animals' chapter uploads tae get a quick pic of the mornin.

Good morning fae Glasgow ☺️🌇

This came through the door courtesy of a super attentive and enthusiastic Patron who heard the Black Book of Paisley mentioned in my Updated Introduction to the Site and what we do here at Random Scottish History. It’s such a fabulous find, and I believe will make for an excellent addition, which will likely happen sooner, rather than later. Definitely something I’m very much looking forward, and excited, to get into.

‘Notes on the Black Book of Paisley’ (1885)

Paul Burns has maintained his wonderful level of consistency by providing us with another offering, this time a 1411 abridged version of the 'Battle of Harlaw.' Go gie it a wee listen 😉


Somewhere amongst this excellently informative article on the origins of the Grim Reaper is a link to a Random Scottish History Post! 😁 How about that, eh? ☺️

More from Paul Burns by way of ' The Flower o’ the Quern,' 'The Miller O’ Hirn,' and 'The Auld Wheel Mill,' all composed by James Scott Skinner ☺️


RSH Intro Episode jst amended on Audacity so it comes across a wee bit better as a Podcast. Now setting up the site to enable me tae finally post it as our first podcast episode 🤞

Will schedule RSH Intro vid to go public at 8pm (GMT) tonight. I hope you can join me 🙏

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Here's your link to joinin and chat with me throughout ☺️


Come meet Yvie - our Corpse - and hear some stories about her and how she's (read "we've") messed wi folk 😆

She's a wee sweetheart, honestly 😉☠️🧟

Twitch Vid Introducing Folk tae Yvie - Our Corpse - Edited for YouTube 😁

Available at & on the Patrons Outside of Patreon FB Page.

An unfinished version was uploaded yesterday but has been revised & has a bunch of new additions 😉


Episode 17 of the RSH Newspaper Article Lucky-Dip has gone live for your viewing pleasure(?) 😉

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