Hollywood has immortalised Scottish heroes such as William Wallace and Rob Roy MacGregor (whether accurately or not can be debated). Even some of our less commendable characters have been shown on the silver screen and preserved in literature; Burke and Hare the infamous body snatchers, Deacon Brodie the inspiration for the character of Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde and even the cannibal family of Sawney Bean was the inspiration for the horror movie ‘The Hills have eyes’. Read more of the commendable and the contemptible characters of Scotland.

 Rob Roy MacGregor 

Rob Roy MacGregor

Like much Scottish history the tale of Rob Roy is shrouded in mystery and intrigue. The people of the time were mostly illiterate and stories of the famous battles and legendary characters were mainly passed down the generations by word...
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 Johnny Armstrong 

Johnny Armstrong and The Missing Heir

The Armstrong Clan has been without a chief for over 450 years, the story behind this is one laced with intrigue, murder, piracy and even hidden treasure. The stuff movies are made from. The story is set around Johnnie Armstrong...
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  Greyfriers Bobby 

Greyfriers Bobby

Even since the first wild dog came sniffing around a stone age camp fire looking for scraps our relationship with these animals has been a close one. Many stories exist of this bond between man and dog and Scotland has...
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 Jenny Geddes 

Jenny Geddes

Throughout history there are incidents that at the time may seem small or even insignificant, the action of a few individuals who would normally be considered mere spectators in the pageant of history. Some obvious incidents come to mind;...approached...
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 Burke and Hare 

Burke and Hare

The year is 1836 and five young boys are roaming Arthurs Seat in Holyrood park, Edinburgh – hunting for rabbits, what they find defies belief and brings back to the public’s attention one of the most gruesome periods of our...
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Sawney Bean  

The Legend of Sawney Bean

In recent times the stories of Hannibal Lecter and the real life horrors of Jeffrey Dahmer have provided chilling accounts of cannibalism. However, Scotland can lay claim to one of the most gruesome horror tales ever recounted – the legend...
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