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History(from Greek ἱστορία, historia, meaning "inquiry, knowledge acquired by investigation") is the study of the past, particularly how it relates to humans.

I especially love Scottish History, so most of the articles that will be posted here will to be about Scottish History, but thats not to say they will not be other articles, any bit of history that I like will be posted.

SkaraBraeOrkneyOn the southern shore of the Bay o' Skaill, in the West Mainland parish of Sandwick, is the Neolithic village of Skara Brae - one of Orkney's most-visited ancient sites and regarded by many as one of the most remarkable monuments in Europe.415

The Neolithic village of Skara Brae was discovered in the winter of 1850. Wild storms ripped the grass from a high dune known as Skara Brae, beside the Bay of Skaill, and exposed an immense midden (refuse heap) and the ruins of ancient stone buildings. The discovery proved to be the best-preserved Neolithic village in northern Europe. And so it remains today.

 

WellOfTheSevenHeadsOn the shores of Loch Oich, near Invergarry in the Scottish Highlands, sits the striking - and slightly curious - Well of the Seven Heads.

The tall needle-like monument is topped by a sculpture of a hand holding a dagger and seven severed heads - a stark reminder of one of the most gruesome episodes in Scottish clan history.

Warfare among the clans was commonplace in the 16th and 17th centuries but this was a bloody tale of internal strife among different sections of one of the largest clans in the Highlands, the Macdonalds.

What is striking about the story of the Well of the Heads is the overwhelming sense of vengeance and power masquerading as justice which typified the clan system and over which the authorities in Scotland had no control.In somewhat typical Highland fashion the story begins with a fight which got out of hand.

PortencrossMurderSaturday October 18 1913

A short walk to the north of Portencross village lies Northbank cottage, isolated and close to the sea, however it was the scene of a murder unsolved to this day.

In May 1913 three people moved into the cottage, they were Alexander MacLaren and his wife, Jessie and his sister in law Miss Mary Speir Gunn.

The three of them were sitting in the cottage on the evening of Saturday 18 October,
Alexander MacLaren was reading aloud from a book when suddenly the peace was shattered by gun fire, smashing the window the bullet hit Miss Gunn.

KelpieA Kelpie in the Celtic mythology of Scotland was originally a name given to a ‘Water Horse’. This supernatural entity could be found in the lochs and rivers of Scotland and also has a place in Irish folklore. The description of their appearance can vary in different tales. Sometimes white with smooth cold skin, or black and grey. Some of these variations and the stories associated with the Kelpie are regional in origin.

[Kelpie] In some stories they are described as ‘shape shifters’. They are able to transfer themselves into beautiful women who can lure men and trap them. However, the Kelpie does not always take a female form and are mostly male. They are also described as posing a particular danger to children when in the shape of a horse. Attracting their victims to ride them they are taken under the water and then eaten.

TheCuriousLegendsofScotlandsCannibalFamiliesAmong the various recurring themes in horror fiction, scenarios that involve the idea of cannibalism have remained a lasting staple. Despite the carnage it presents, we find the motif brilliantly juxtaposed against class and couth with Thomas Harris’ brilliant, but deranged serial killer Hannibal Lecter. However uniquely it is presented, cannibalism in modern horror maintains the premise that carnage, whether out of necessity, or by virtue of choice within a deranged mind, is a real and lasting element of terror.

Though Lecter remains perhaps the most popular, cult classic films within the genre have featured the idea in a number of other forms. One of the greatest among horror film aficionados is Wes Craven’s 1977 film, The Hills Have Eyes, in which a family traveling through a remote stretch of the Nevada desert art besieged by subterranean cannibals that have lived off of those unfortunate enough to have passed through the region.

TheBizarreTheftofACelticSeaGodOne of the most bizarre news stories of 2015 was the January theft of a Celtic sea god. A gang mercilessly smashed the tall, steel and fibreglass statue of Manannán mac Lir, one of Ireland’s most captivating mythological figures. It had been erected in 2013 near a mountain in Derry County overlooking Donegal, the most northerly starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way , a 2,500km route that hugs Ireland’s dramatic west coast.

Mystery surrounds the theft of the statue, but it was believed to be linked to Christian fundamentalists offended by Celtic idolatry. The perpetrators left behind a wooden cross carved with the words “You shall have no other gods before me.”

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