Scotland (A Scottish History Podcast)

Scotland (A Scottish History Podcast)

A unique storytelling podcast about Scottish history, the people and places who made it. Hosted by Michael Park.

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February 21, 2024 8 mins

It is 1651. General George Monck just can't stop turning heel... and today he's got Stirling Castle in his sights.

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CREDITS: Written, narrated & produced by Michael Park. Music by Mitch Bain. 

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It is 1792. Robert Burns is about to single-handedly storm a ship full of smugglers and kickstart the French Revolution... or is he?

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CREDITS: Written, narrated & produced by Michael Park. Additional voices by David Allan. Music by Mitch Bain. A special version of 'The Deil's Awa' Wi' The Exciseman' was record...

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It is 1834. Can you learn how the human mind works by massaging the decomposing skull of Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns? The Dumfries Burns Club certainly seem to think so...

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CREDITS: Written, narrated & produced by Michael Park. Additional voices by Mitch Bain & David Allan. Music by Mitch Bain. 

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It's almost Burns Night which means that it's time for us to check in with the Bard. This time we travel back to 1785 and we find Robert Burns' best friend Gavin Hamilton in a bit of a legal pickle with some irate clergymen.

This is the true story behind Holy Willie's Prayer.

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Robert Burns was one of the great poets of his age, a Scottish hero, our national Bard and the toast of high society throughout his short career. This story isn't about him - not completely anyway.

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Ae Fond Kiss is performed by Cairngorm - find them online at cairngormmusic.com. The voice of Nancy MacLehose is L...

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It is 22nd May 1915. Just before 6.50am. The troop special from Larbert is taking troops, mocked by politicians and Lord Kitchener himself, to the front lines at Gallipoli.

But as it reaches Quintinshill, just outside Gretna, something happens that will change the course of history.

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How often do you think about the Roman Empire?

Michael is joined by Max Miller from Tasting History with Max Miller to talk about what life would have been like for ordinary soldiers living on Hadrian's Wall, and how the uncertainty that came with his death might have affected them.

This episode is part one of a three parter - so make sure to subscribe to Scotland for parts two and three (I fall down a hole in one of them so... sta...

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It is 1828 and medical science is advancing fast, but the best way to learn about anatomy is to see it in the flesh. That's where the Resurrectionists come in. Burke and Hare can get you a steady supply of bodies... as long as you never ask where they come from. 

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It is 1964. Aberdeen is in the grip of a disease that has the potential to wipe out its population. But where did it come from... and what can be done?

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CREDITS: Written, narrated & produced by Michael Park. Music by Mitch Bain. Illustrations by Jamie Mowat.

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It is 1942. On Gruinard Island, in a bay about halfway between Gairloch and Ullapool, a flock of sheep are dying for the war effort.

We're still working on making new episodes. Please accept our apologies for the delay!

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It is 1777 and an army surgeon from Pitsligo in Aberdeenshire is bleeding in an orchard. You're not Alexander Hamilton: you're Hugh Mercer, George Washington's right hand man.

Happy Independence Day to our American pals!

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It is 1775. Do not throw away your shot.

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Scotland is written and produced by Michael Park and is a production of Be Quiet Media.

Additional voices for this episode were performed by Chris Moriarty.

The music for every episode of Scotland is by the human substitution cipher, Mitch Bain, you can check out more...

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It is 1944 and there is a burglar in Rome's German embassy. But that's not his whole deal... not by a long-shot.

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CREDITS: Written, narrated & produced by Michael Park. Music and Additional Voices by Mitch Bain. Illustrations by Jamie Mowat.

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It is 1959. You're at the mercy of Dr Ewen Cameron, his Sleep Room at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal, Canada, and Subproject 68 of something you'd never heard of called MKULTRA.

CW: This episode contains references to and depictions of inhumane treatment which may be troubling for some listeners.

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It is 1923. A temporary radio station has been set up to sell car radios to the great and good of Glaswegian society. But it's more important than that. This is the first time Scotland has had a proper radio station.

And it's going to change everything...

Graham Stewart lends his expertise as we explore the impact of 2BP on the nascent BBC. His book 'Scotland On Air: A Century of Scottish Broadcasting' will be available here.

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It is 1883. The River Clyde in Glasgow is a hive of activity as yet another ship gets ready to launch. The SS Daphne is a simple steamer, but her story will go down as one of the greatest tragedies on British soil.

Michael takes a trip to Craigton Cemetery in Glasgow to remember the victims in this episode of Scotland - a podcast all about Scottish history and where we made it.

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Today marks 104 years since the Battle of George Square took place in Glasgow.

It is 1919. Troops are on the streets of Glasgow to quell a potential Communist uprising. What happened? The Riot Act happened.

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The Voice of the Riot Act is Paul Houlihan

The score was written by the human Fialka cipher, Mitch Bain

This episode wouldn't be possible without the work of Gordon Barclay whose article 'Duties in the Aid of Civil Po...

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It's almost Burns Night which means that it's time for us to check in with the Bard. This time we travel back to 1785 and we find Robert Burns' best friend Gavin Hamilton in a bit of a legal pickle with some irate clergymen.

This is the true story behind Holy Willie's Prayer.

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December 23, 2022 18 mins
It is Christmas Eve 1950. You're about to break into Westminster Abbey to 'liberate' a symbol of Scottish pride. You're about to steal the Stone of Scone. This episode was first released in December 2020.  

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November 28, 2022 20 mins

It is 1698. Desperate times call for desperate measures: and to save themselves from a full union with England, the Scottish Government is willing to roll the dice one last time. They're going to bet the house on a Scottish Empire in Central America.

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