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Neilston communion token

18th century communion token found on eBay to be returned to Neilston Parish Church

A piece of history from the 18th century has been returned to Neilston. A communion token which dates back to 1785 will soon take pride of place at the village’s parish church after an eagle-eyed resident clocked the item up for sale online. Nostalgia enthusiast Matt Drennan, who is secretary of the Neilston War Memorial […]

Secrets of Scotland’s “second Iona” to be unearthed

Archaeologists are to return to Lismore to work on a major seat of religious power with experts believing the tiny island was as historically important as the isle of Iona. The island, in Loch Linnhe, Argyll, was a centre of ritual and power for more than 1,000 years but few records of its important role […]

Lost Edinburgh churches: then and now

The last few generations have not been kind to Edinburgh’s ecclesiastical architecture. Shifting demographics, dwindling congregations and other societal factors have seen scores of church buildings fall by the wayside. Sadly few of the replacements can match the sheer majesty and inherent beauty of what had gone before. We’ve scoured the archives to provide you […]

Sound of prayer returns to Holy Island church after 1000 years

The sound of prayer returned to an island church after more than 1,000 years of silence, reports Chronicle Live in Newcastle. A community archaeology project on Holy Island, off Northumberland, has uncovered the complete outline and foundations of a church which could date back as far as the 7th century. It would have been part […]

Carved head stolen from Dryburgh Abbey

Stone carved head stolen from Dryburgh Abbey

Police are investigating after a stone carved head was stolen from a church in the Scottish Borders. The unique carving originally decorated part of a stone arch inside Dryburgh Abbey in Newtown St Boswells, near Melrose. The sculpture is of a female wearing a headdress with a crimped collar that runs under her chin. The […]

History Book of the Year - Scottish Gods, Religion in the Modern Scotland 1900-2012

History Book of the Year – Scottish Gods, Religion in the Modern Scotland 1900-2012

Scottish Gods: Religion in Modern Scotland 1900-2012 by Steve Bruce has been named History Book of the Year by the Saltire Society. Executive director of the Saltire Society Jim Tough said: “The Saltire Literary Awards have a proud history of celebrating and bringing wider attention to excellence in all literary forms. “This year exemplifies that […]

Viking treasure hoard found in Dumfries and Galloway

Viking treasure hoard found in Dumfries and Galloway

A hoard of Viking treasure has been unearthed by a metal-detecting enthusiast in one of the most significant finds of its kind ever made in Scotland. More than 100 objects, some of them made of gold, were discovered on church land at an undisclosed location in Dumfries and Galloway. The “historically significant” find was made […]

Lynne Haultain

Remembering Cathy Peat: 1920s medical missionary to Livingstonia in Malawi

My grandmother Cathy Peat was an indomitable woman, writes Lynne Haultain. Graduating in medicine in the mid-1920s in Aberdeen, Scotland, she found herself within a few years on a mission to deepest darkest Africa – literally. The resonance is almost comic. Dr Peat’s first posting as a medical missionary was to Livingstonia – named after […]

Mass was celebrated on the island in May 2001 by Fr James MacNeil, parish priest of Skye and Dornie, and Fr Michael Hutson, parish priest of Morar and Mallaig.

Open air mass to be held by Highland loch celebrating 300 years since founding of college

An open-air mass is to be held on the shores of a Lochaber loch next month to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the opening of a training college for priests on a tiny island nearby. The seminary on Eilean Ban in Loch Morar, which opened in 1714, was the first in Britain – but it […]

Prof Tom Devine

Historian Tom Devine has scaled academic heights

Professor Tom Devine is fond of referring to history as the ‘queen of disciplines,’ but as the award of a Knighthood last weekend underlined, as far as Scottish history goes, he is the king. His research lauded, his books bestselling—he is widely accepted as the foremost expert on modern Scottish history. As he prepares to […]

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