Time Travels [Radio Scotland]

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Susan Morrison goes on the trail of a vanished royal dockyard and a female slave-owner.

010220170523

Susan Morrison hears about Saughton Park's unexpected connection to Senegal.

010320170530

Susan Morrison gets a preview of the Diaspora tapestry before it returns to Prestonpans.

From Roman emperors to Machiavellian monarchs: Susan Morrison mines the rich, sometimes murky, depths of Scotland's past in this exciting new history series for BBC Radio Scotland.

This week on Time Travels, Susan Morrison gets a sneak preview of the Diaspora tapestry, before it returns to its original home in Prestonpans in time for East Lothian's 3 Harbour's Arts Festival, she reveals the Scots love of curry and spice and the story behind the first curry house in Edinburgh. Less appetising, is Maconochie's stew but during the first World War, British Troops marched for miles on it. In our regular World War One at Home series, we discover some of the unfortunate side-effects of Maconochie's "Meat and Vegetable Ration" from the Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, who have researched the local connection.

010420170606

Susan Morrison explores Mary Queen of Scots's most terrible year.

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison crosses the centuries in good company - Dr Lucy Dean of the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands is our guide to the shocking public shaming of Mary Queen of Scots when she was led captive through the streets of Edinburgh in 1567. This was a day when it wasn't good to be the queen. Author and biographer, Sarah Fraser introduces us to the short, tragic but significant life of Mary's grand-son Prince Henry, perhaps one of the greatest Stuart kings we never had. Maritime historian Dr Eric Graham tells us about the smart sail transport of the age of Jane Austen - the Leith Smacks, your equivalent of an Edinburgh to London sleeper, but with a lot more convicts in the hold; and Susan takes a wee clamber up the Titan Crane in Clydebank to find out what it did in WW1.

0105Ecurie Ecosse20170613

Susan Morrison celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of Ecurie Ecosse's historic Le Mans win

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison crosses the centuries in our new Scottish History series.

She hears how, 60 years ago, Ecurie Ecosse, a small racing team from Edinburgh went to Le Mans, took on all the bigger and much better funded teams and beat them all. She reveals why The Stone of Destiny has become pivotal in Perth's bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and gallops through 400 years of history at Perth Racecourse. Meanwhile, as part of our World War One at Home strand, Edi Stark commemorates the centenary of Wilfred Owen's stay in Edinburgh.

0106The Pirates Of Craignish20170620

Susan Morrison goes on the trail of the Black Flag pirates, who cast up in Argyll.

You've heard of the Pirates of the Caribbean but these are the Pirates of Loch Craignish.

They were a desperate band of cut-throats who'd ravaged the Atlantic from one side to the other under the skull and crossbones, till they made their big hit on a Portuguese galleon stuffed with gold. Rich beyond their wildest dreams, they wanted to sneak back home and retire in luxury but that's where it all went horribly wrong.

Their ship hits a storm and whirlpool and they end up in Loch Craignish. Now they must escape from Argyll without the sheriff-depute's posses catching them, but they threw all their weapons overboard in the storm. Can they make it? Or will they swing for their crimes on Leith Sands? Maritime historians Dr Eric Graham and David Wilson and Professor Allan MacInnes take us on an epic journey of piracy and general badness from Africa to Argyll via the Caribbean and the coast of Brazil. In our Time Travels summer special, Susan Morrison investigates the pirates of Loch Craignish.

0106The Pirates Of Craignish20180102
0107100 Years Of The Scottish Women's Institute20170627

Susan Morrison celebrate 100 years of the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes.

Susan Morrison zaps around the centuries in BBC Radio Scotland's time-travelling history series. In this episode she reaches for the scones and jam to celebrate 100 years of the Women's Institute in Scotland; and joins school pupils in Dunkeld marking the 450th anniversary of the royal charter which resulted in the opening of their school, believed to be the oldest 'Royal' school in Scotland.

0108Scotland's First Criminal Dissection And The Mummy's Tomb20170704

Susan Morrison learns about dissecting dead criminals and explores ghostly afterlives.

This week Susan Morrison visits the Surgeons' Hall museums in Edinburgh with Director of Heritage, Chris Henry to find out about the first executed criminal to be dissected, David Myles and what an 18th century dissection involved.

Historian of Scottish supernatural beings, Dr Martha McGill tells Susan about the surgeon who did the dissecting: Dr Archibald Pitcairn and the dream of a dead friend returned which haunted him all his life.

Delving deeper into the afterlife, Susan finds out how the Ancient Egyptians got there from Dr Margaret Maitland of National Museums of Scotland, the curator of their exhibition 'The Tomb'. It's an exhibition built from the remarkable finds made by Scottish archaeologists in Egypt.

Finally this week's WW1 At Home remembers the Americans' entry into the war and their naval base at Inverness with local historian Richard Jenner.

0109Lenin Of The Rovers And The Wick Voices Project20170711

Susan Morrison checks out a revolutionary footballer player and the Wick Voices Project.

Susan Morrison and Daniel Gray check out a revolutionary footballer player from Elgin: William Leslie who was a big fan of Lenin and the Bolshevik Revolution.

Doreen Leith and Alan Hendry from Wick Voices introduce Susan to their Caithness oral history project with a tale of Magnus Magnusson and an old-fashioned scoop.

Dr Martha McGill of Edinburgh University tells a tale of an 18th century ghost-busting minister and an enterprising servant girl from Chapel of Garioch.

Our 'World War 1 At Home' story also comes from Wick: Louise Yeoman and Harry Gray look at how WW1 affected a young traveller woman, Johan MacPhee.

0110 LASTThe Lost Village Of Lassodie20170718

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

0201Michael Pit And Goth Pubs20170912

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

0202Qe2, Knights And Fiery Archaeology20170919

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison celebrates fifty years since the launch of the QE2 at John Brown and Co's shipyard. Susan was there as a wee girl in 1967 and chats to shipyard history expert and author Ian Johnston about the great day and what it meant for the yard.

It's archaeology but not as we know it - Susan finds out why archaeologists Dr Kenny Brophy of Glasgow University and Dr Gavin MacGregor of Northlight are playing with fire as part of a new event, 'Burning the Circle', taking place on Arran this week.

In a real knight's tale, Susan finds out what happened in 1517 to glamorous jousting champion Sir Anthony D'Arcy, Sieur De La Bastie when he fell foul of a powerful Border kin group - the Homes. Dr Katie Stevenson of National Museums of Scotland takes Susan into the world of jousting and tournaments 500 years ago.

0203Covenanting Martyrs And Unidentified Human Remains20170926

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison heads to Glasgow's Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to find out from digital heritage officer Kirsty Earley what happened when only the posh could afford pain relief in childbirth and how prime minister's wife Lucy Baldwin tried to change that.

Travelling to or from Glasgow on the M8? That little church you pass at Kirk of Shotts hides a sad story from the 17th century in its graveyard. Dr Mark Jardine tells Susan about the martyr graves of the radical Covenanters and a strange find he made as a child nearby.

What happens when you find a skeleton or a skull? Archaeologist David Connolly tells Susan about the times when archaeologists call the police and the police call archaeologists.

Our World War I at home story this week is a second chance to hear Brian Taylor's story of Arthur Woodburn, the Secretary of State for Scotland who started his political career as a conscientious objector in the grim old prison which was razed to become the site of St Andrew's House.

0203Covenanting Martyrs And Unidentified Human Remains20180103
0204Ancestors And Animals20171003
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0205Victorian Crimes And Communist Spies20171010

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

Come along with Susan in the footsteps of police surgeon Sir William Macewen to Glasgow's Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians where his notebooks and papers take us deep into the heart of domestic tragedy in the grim lanes of the old city of the 1870s. Ross McGregor, Library and Heritage Manager, is our guide.

Going deeper into the intriguing world of Victorian true crime, National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh will be hosting an exhibition 'Rogues Gallery: Faces of Crime 1860-1917'. Susan finds out how they've put faces to the accused from the 19th-century justice records.

Down on the Clyde, Louise Yeoman has a carrier bag full of print-outs from old MI5 files, as she and Susan find out the link between famous 1980s TV series Minder and the Communist Party. Join us to find out the secrets of Sadie Span.

0206El Alamein And The Russian Revolution20171017

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

Susan Morrison with special guest presenter Cathy Macdonald explores two major anniversaries. Cathy meets Nan Glen and Finlay MacLachlan, whose fathers were part of a gallant band of brothers: the pipe band from the little village of Allandale whose men went on to fight in WW2. Along with local historian John Reid, we follow the story of Nan's father, Pipe Major Malcolm MacLachlan, and his brothers Kenneth and Ian who fought at El Alamein, 75 years ago. Finlay's father fought in the Far East.

100 years ago, in October 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia. Historian Dan Gray chats to Susan about how it affected generations of Scots and we hear some eyewitness accounts.

And finally a supernatural shaggy dog story, Dr Martha McGill and Susan follow the leads in the 18th-century murder mystery of the Ghost Dog of Middle Mause.

0207Silver And Slavery20171024

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past.

Susan Morrison follows the fortunes of Charlotte Stirling, illegitimate daughter of a Scottish slave owner, finds out how the Romans used silver to bribe local tribes on the Scottish frontier, and comes face to face with the skeleton of one of the first women to have a caesarean in Scotland.

Charlotte Stirling was born in Kingston Jamaica in 1759, the illegitimate daughter of slave owner Robert Stirling Esquire and a free mixed race woman. By 1801 she's married to a haberdasher in Edinburgh. With the help of Marenka Thompson-Odlum, Susan pieces together details of her struggle to claim her inheritance. In the studio, Susan welcomes Fraser Hunter, curator of the Scotland's Early Silver exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, and asks him why Romans hacked beautiful crafted ornaments to pieces and gave it to local frontier tribes as bribes and pay offs. Then Susan returns to the Surgeons' Hall Museums to examine the skeleton of Janet Hyslop, who had a caesarean in the days before anaesthesia and antibiotics. And in this week's WW1 at Home Cathy MacDonald celebrates a gaelic song An Eala Bhan, "The White Swan" composed during the Battle of the Somme by Red Donald of Corruna.

0208Witches And Bog Bodies2017103120171227 (RS)

Susan Morrison and Louise Welsh explore our darker history in a Halloween special.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

0208Witches And Bog Bodies20171227
0209Raith Rovers Shipwreck And The Scottish Inquisition2017110720180507 (RS)

Susan Morrison mines the rich depths of Scotland's past in an exciting new history series.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

From Raith Rovers 1923 shipwreck to the Second Sight with a detour via the Scottish Inquisition, Susan Morrison gets to grips with Scotland's varied past.

Football historian Dan Gray, takes Susan back to the 1920s when playing in Europe didn't mean a glamorous life of first class air travel and swanky hotels, but sharing your travels with a cargo of chilled beef and roughing it after a shipwreck.

Dr Donald William Stewart of the University of the Highlands and Islands introduces Susan to some of the earliest accounts of the Second Sight, right back to the 16th century.

And nobody expects the Scottish Inquisition! Except Dr Katie Stevenson of National Museums of Scotland, of course she expects it, because she's an expert on Scotland's crack medieval heresy hunters.

0210Monuments And Movies20171114

Susan Morrison joins the debate on taking down monuments.

In 1928, William Paton went to jail for having sex with another man. Susan Morrison takes a trip down the Broomielaw with historian Jeff Meek where she learns more about William's fate and the gang of male prostitutes he led known as the White hats.

What do historians think about the current debate on tearing down monuments to past heroes some people now regard as villains? Susan invites Richard Finlay and Chandrika Kaul to Glasgow's George Square to examine the statue of Victorian military man Sir Colin Campbell, Lord Clyde, who crushed the Indian Rebellion of 1857.

Medieval historian Robert Bartlett tells Susan just what he thinks of Braveheart and other movies set in the middle ages, and we celebrate the centenary of WW1 heroine Elsie Inglis.

0301Picts And Pyjamas2018051520180520 (RS)

The century-crossing Scottish history series returns, with Susan Morrison.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison crosses the centuries from the year 500 to today as she goes in search of Scotland's past. We'll be hearing about the emigrant experience from days of sail to days of email from Professor Marjory Harper who's just written a new book on the Scottish diaspora. In our World War 1 at Home Series with Lucie Whitmore of Glasgow University we'll be discovering what to wear to bed in case of a Zeppelin raid, because of course, you don't want to die of embarrassment when the neighbours see your nightwear. Getting out and about, Susan's off to the East Neuk of Fife with archaeologist Peter Yeoman to find out about Pictish monasteries and their dead.

0302Privateers And The Darker Side Of Empire In Australia2018052220180527 (RS)

Susan Morrison crosses the centuries to discover Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Chatting to Dr Ben Wilkie down the line from Warrnambool, Susan Morrison finds out more about the darker side of Scottish settlement in Australia - and how Scots treated the indigenous people who were already living there. Moving back to the 18th century with Eric Graham, we're on the trail of a gallant and dashing privateer Luke Ryan who scourged the coast of Scotland and gained the favour of Marie Antoinette, and moving forward to the 20th century, we'll hear about Helen Crawfurd, the minister's wife who became a window-smashing suffragette.

0303The Scot Who Stayed In Argentina2018052920180603 (RS)

Time travelling to the World Cup of 1978 with Susan Morrison and Hamish MacDonald.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

In our Time Travels World Cup special this week, we head to Argentina in 1978 for the remarkable story of the Scots fan who stayed on for 15 years. It's Hamish McDonald's cousin Alan Grant - who married Silvina from Cordoba, whom he met on manoeuvres with Ally's Tartan Army. But settling down with Silvina to raise a family meant that Alan was starting out family life under a brutal dictatorship which often murdered people who weren't too different to him in their outlooks. Dr Laura Webb of Swansea University who studies the literature of the Argentinian 'Dirty War' tells us more about just what the wandering Scotland fan was getting himself into for the love of football and love of Silvina. Hamish and Alan share the family story with Susan Morrison. And in our WW1 at Home series we meet suffragette Margaret Skinnider and find out from Dr Kirsty Lusk what Margaret did in the 1916 Easter Rising.

0305Global Scots And Gilbert's Mistresses2018061220180617 (RS)

Susan Morrison crosses centuries in our new Scottish history series.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Susan Morrison marvels at the complicated life of Gilbert Innes - an Enlightenment banker and pillar of the community who secretly had at least thirty mistresses and acknowledged 32 illegitimate children (67 made a claim on his estate on his death). As Dr Katie Barclay reveals, Gilbert's 18th century alternative lifestyle came at a terrible price for the women involved, whose voices we can hear through their letters to him. What a surprise his sister Jane got when she sneaked into his office and read those letters...

Plus a new exhibition at Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh 'The remaking of Scotland: nation, migration, globalisation 1760-1860' explores how Scotland was undergoing massive change - venturing to all corners of the world abroad and rapidly industrialising at home. But it's a chequered history - as senior curator Dr Lucinda Lax explains, colourful characters, innovation and adventure are offset by troubling stories of slavery and imperialism.

And in our regular WW1@Home series we'll be exploring revolutionary socialist James Connolly's Edinburgh roots.

0306Princess Nuns And Brides In Uniform2018061920180624 (RS)

Susan Morrison explores Second World War weddings.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Susan Morrison joins Dig Ventures as they go on the hunt for a missing 7th Century Monastery. This was the early monastery of Coldingham, run by Anglo-Saxon princess St Aebbe, but reputed by hostile commentators to be a high class bolthole for the posh, the pious and the powerful! The project are using 'crowd-sourced' archaeology to choose the most likely digging spots.

Plus you might think that weddings would have been scaled back in the cash-strapped era of World War 2. Not the case - the 'perfect' wedding with the white dress and idyllic church setting may actually have became more popular, but brides in uniform were also a thing. Murray Maclean encourages us to find out what granny and grandad's wedding photos might tell us about the war.

And in our regular WW1@Home series, Susan finds out about East Lothian's airship war and hears how one came to a dramatic end in the Firth of Forth.

0307Bannockburn Thanksgiving And First World War Brides2018062620180701 (RS)

Susan Morrison finds out how King Robert Bruce commemorated Bannockburn.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Medieval historians Bess Rhodes and Michael Brown transport Susan back in time to St Andrews and the 700th anniversary of the consecration of its cathedral as a thanksgiving gift for the victory of Bannockburn. Here on the day, you could have seen a splendid ceremony, shiny cloth of gold, wafting incense, glittering gems, rock crystal crosses and stars of the show: King Robert Bruce, Sir James Douglas and the nobles and clergy of the realm. This was all about national unity now, for people who hadn't always been on the same side.

Meanwhile Katie Barclay returns to give Susan a tip or two on how to be an Enlightenment Woman (spoilers - Susan would be rubbish at it) and, in our regular WW1@Home series, Susan hears how two US squadrons came to train in Montrose and left with 12 Brides.

0308Leadhills Library And Scotland's Highland Heroines2018070320180708 (RS)

Susan Morrison crosses the centuries to discover Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

As the National Health Service turns 70 on the 5th July Susan Morrison celebrates the achievements of one group of determined, gritty nurses who, for 35 years before 1948,.and regardless of hour, weather conditions or remoteness, cared for patients in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Their incredible work would influence the NHS as we know it today.

Plus, a literary treasure trove high in the Lowther Hills - Time Travels explores the oldest subscription library in the UK which was also the world's first library for working people. In our regular World War One at Home series, we hear the story of Aberdeen surgeon, Sir Henry Gray who successfully tackled one of the greatest killers of the war - compound fractures of the thigh bone. And we take a trip to Aberdeenshire to hear the story of Mary Elphinstone who was buried, not once, but twice, in an Inverurie graveyard!

0308Leadhills Library And Scotland's Nhs20180703

Susan Morrison crosses the centuries to discover Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

0309Arsenic And Black Armbands2018071020180715 (RS)

Susan Morrison crosses the centuries to discover Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison is off to the courtroom this week to hear about a murder but not before fitting herself out with mourning dress. Costume historian Lucie Whitmore shows Susan that mourning dress didn't disappear in World War 1, it just changed fashion.

Having adjusted our attire, we're heading for Glasgow's Calton in 1831 to find out how domestic tensions and a troubled youngster led to poison in the porridge. Historian Dr Katie Barclay takes us into the tragic world of 19 year old Alexander Wingate.

Continuing our legal quest, we'll be chatting to playwright and screenwriter May Sumbwanyambe about his new radio drama and forthcoming play and film which bring out new angles on the famous case of Knight v. Wedderburn in 1778 where a young African man, Joseph Knight took on the man who enslaved him to win the right to freedom - and to be a husband and a father who could support his wife and family.

0310Women's Rights In Ancient Egypt And Drookit Royals2018071720180722 (RS)

Susan Morrison crosses the centuries to discover Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Some women are mummies and some women unwrap mummies. Susan Morrison investigates feisty Scotswomen who were pioneers of Egyptology, their lives and finds, their struggle to be taken seriously and what were women's lives like in Ancient Egypt anyway? Curator Dr Margaret Maitland of National Museums of Scotland takes Susan into their stores to meet the women of Ancient Egypt and the Scots who studied them.

Put away your tartan, bin your Outlander box-set, and get rid of that shortbread tin - it could all have been so very different. Susan's guests Dr Eric Graham and Dr Mark Jardine tell her about the royal shipwreck which could have changed everything for Scotland and ruined our tourist industry.

A father and his boy sharing one Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone - Professor Tony Pollard of Glasgow University and local historian Tom Barclay of Girvan tell Louise Yeoman the sad but inspiring story of father of the RAF Sir David Henderson and his air-ace son.

04Ayr, Idi Amin and Troopships20181009

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Ayr, Idi Amin and Troopships2018100920181014 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Charismatic Characters and Wings to War20181016

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Charismatic Characters and Wings to War2018101620181021 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04'Dagger' Navigators, Activists and Prisoners20181023

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

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Susan Morrison crosses the centuries in our Scottish History series.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Episode 220181002

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Episode 22018100220181007 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Female spies, shipwreck and smoking on the operating table20181113

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison digs into Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Navigators, Activists and Prisoners20181023

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Navigators, Activists and Prisoners2018102320181028 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Poltergeists, Witches and Major Weir20181030

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's spooky past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04Poltergeists, Witches and Major Weir2018103020181104 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's spooky past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04World War One Special: A Woman's War20181106

In this WWI special, Susan Morrison hears about one Anstruther woman's experiences of war.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

04World War One Special: A Woman's War2018110620181111 (RS)

In this WWI special, Susan Morrison hears about one Anstruther woman's experiences of war.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

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Susan Morrison crosses the centuries in our Scottish History series.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

Susan Morrison finds out about miners in World War 1 with Euan Loarridge of Glasgow University who’s researching the 10th battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and the mining community around Stirling and Falkirk. In Slamannan kirkyard, they meet Alec Buchanan, a local historian whose grandfather was a miner who served in the Argylls. Having a mining background could be a real advantage in the trenches.

Also today Susan chats to Dr Amy Blakeway of the University of Kent and finds out about some of the bloodiest, most destructive campaigns on Scottish soil, the ‘Rough Wooing’ and why it’s so often overlooked. Really it's like 'Mary Queen of Scots: The Prequel' - should there be a film?

We’re also detouring to Tibet via the banks of the Clyde as Louise Welsh explores the tale of two little girls who came to Daldowie - were Martha and Mary Bogle really the daughters of a high-up Tibetan lady or was their story more complicated?

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Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

0403Ayr, Idi Amin And Troopships2018100920181014 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

0404Charismatic Characters And Wings To War2018101620181021 (RS)

Comedian and history enthusiast Susan Morrison discovers Scotland's rich past.

Susan Morrison explores the rich and sometimes murky depths of Scotland's past.

0405'dagger' Navigators, Activists And Prisoners20181023