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Notable Dates in Scottish History

Julius Agricola advances across the River Clyde fighting off bands of warring celts.

The celtic tribes unite under Calgacus, but he is killed (along with 10000 men) when he meets the Roman army at Ardoch.

The Pictish people were first mentioned in Roman literature. The name "Pict" is said to have come either from a latin word meaning "painted ones" or another meaning "fighter". Both of these accurately depicted the Pictish people.

Roman literature describes the warring tribe based in Ireland as the "Scots".

The Pict, Scot and Saxon tribes attack the Romans in London and plunder their treasures.

The Scots leave Ireland and build their kingdom of Dalriada in Argyll on the West coast of Scotland.

St. Columba died.

Kenneth MacAlpin unites the Scots and Picts as one nation. This was the first step in creating a united Scotland, a process not completed until at least 1034 and perhaps much later.

Malcolm II kills Kenneth III and becomes King.

Malcolm II gains Lothian after defeating the Saxons at the Battle of Carham. Death of Owen-the-Bald, King of Strathclyde.

Duncan, already ruler of Strathclyde, kills his grandfather Malcolm II and becomes King of a (largely) united Scotland.

MacBeth kills Duncan and becomes King.

Malcolm III (or Malcolm Canmore) kills MacBeth and becomes King.

On the death of Edgar, Scotland becomes disunited. Alexander I becomes King of Scots, but David I becomes King in Lothian and Strathclyde.

Unity was restored when, on Alexander's death, David becomes King of Scots. His reign is one of the most important in Scotland's history, extending Scottish borders to the River Tees, including all of Northumberland.

Signing of the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France - one of the world's oldest mutual defence treaties.

Annexation of Scotland by England. Scotland's Coronation Stone - the "Stone of Destiny" or "Stone of Scone" - was removed to Westminster Abbey (in London) by the English King Edward I. The stone was temporarily returned to Scotland in 1950 and permanently returned in 1996.

Battle of Bannockburn (Scots under Robert the Bruce routed the English led by Edward II) resulting in Scottish independence.

The Declaration of Arbroath was drawn up to urge the Pope to recognise Scottish independence from England. The Pope accepted the Declaration.

University of St. Andrews founded.

University of Glasgow founded.

King James II was killed by an exploding canon during the siege of Roxburgh.

King James III was murdered after being accused of surrounding himself with evil advisors who encouraged him to bring Englishmen into Scottish affairs.

University of Aberdeen founded.

King Henry VII of England gave his daughter in marriage to James IV of Scotland. This gave rise to the Union of the Crowns in 1603.

Under the terms of a treaty with France (the "Auld Alliance") all Scottish citizens became French and vice versa.

John Knox's sermon at Perth - regarded as the start of the Reformation in Scotland.

University of Edinburgh founded.

Scotland adopts Gregorian Calendar.

James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England bringing about the Union of the Crowns.

James (on his only return to Scotland) tactlessly lectures his countrymen on the "superiority of English civilisation".

James imposes Bishops on the presbyterian Church of Scotland in an attempt to integrate it with the Church of England. This move was deeply unpopular with the Scots.

Charles I becomes King on the death of his father. Although born in Scotland, Charles had no interest in the country and dealt with Scottish affairs with even less tact than his father, causing discontent.

Charles attempted to further anglicise the Church of Scotland by introducing a new prayerbook, which caused riots at St. Giles in Edinburgh. Jenny Geddes throws a stool in St. Giles in protest.

Charles regarded protests against the prayerbook as treason, forcing Scots to choose between their church and the King. A "Covenant", swearing to resist these changes to the death, was signed in Greyfriars Church in Edinburgh. The covenant was accepted by hundreds if thousands of Scots.

Charles calls a General Assembly, effectively abolishing the unpopular Scottish Bishops. Agreement is reached through the "Treaty of Berwick".

Charles peace collapses; the Scots show force by marching on Newcastle.

Having no realistic chance of opposing the Scots, Charles negotiates a truce at Ripon.

Civil war breaks out in England. The Scottish Covenanters side with the English rebels who take power. The Earl of Montrose had sided with King Charles so civil strife also spilled into Scotland.

The National Library of Scotland was founded. Now one of the UK's four copyright deposit libraries.

The massacre of Glencoe. Clan Campbell siding with the King murders members of Clan McDonald.

Bank of Scotland founded (still operating to this day).

Act of Union is passed; Scotland formally united with England to form Great Britain. In so doing, the Scottish Parliament voted itself out of existence.

First Jacobite rebellion; Jacobites defeated at the Battle of Sheriffmuir.

The world's first Golf Club (the Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers) was founded.

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