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Timeline of Scottish History

Wherever you turn in Scotland you come across signs of an incredibly complex and remarkably violent history.

It might be one of the 2700 castles built in an often vain attempt to defend land, property and lives: or one of the innumerable battlefields where ordinary Scots fought, often with one another, and usually in pursuit of someone else's ambitions or beliefs. Or it might be one of the seemingly endless succession of castles and houses, large and small, in which Mary Queen of Scots is said to have spent the night.

Some understanding of Scottish history is essential if you are to get any real feel for a country with such a turbulent past. Our single page History of Scotland gives an overview, but this timeline is intended to give more detail in an easily accessible format.

The Timeline is divided into 18 pages to make it easier to use. They are:

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