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Higher History - Scottish Units


Please note that, due to the age, condition and irreplaceable nature of surviving archival material, these workshops are based primarily on high quality images of the original documents.

Image shows part of the Declaration of Arbroath. Crown copyright. National Records of Scotland reference SP13/7

The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286-1329
Workshop 1: From the death of Alexander III to William Wallace, 1286-1305

This workshop considers the themes of authority, conflict and identity as Scotland struggled to resolve the succession problem and deal with interference from England and other European powers. Book this workshop now.

Image shows part of the Declaration of Arbroath. Crown copyright. National Records of Scotland reference SP13/7

The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286-1329
Workshop 2: The rise and triumph of King Robert I, 1306-1329

'Great was the task that Robert Bruce took upon himself' (Fordun's Chronicle). This workshop studies the reign of King Robert I and his efforts to establish his power and authority in Scotland and beyond. Book this workshop now.

Image shows detail of an entry from the Acts of the Scottish Parliament. Crown copyright: National Records of Scotland reference PA2/12 fol.24v.

The Age of the Reformation, 1542-1603

Students study extracts from the written records of the General Assembly, synods, presbyteries and kirk sessions, as well as parliamentary papers, to question the influence of the Church on Scotland's development after 1560. Book this workshop now.

Image shows detail from an engraving listing Scots opposed to the union. Crown copyright: National Records of Scotland reference JC26/81/31.

The Treaty of Union, 1689-1740

This session offers students the opportunity to study contemporary writings and correspondence to identify opinions for and against the union. Book this workshop now.

Detail of a poster encouraging emigration. Crown copyright: National Records of Scotland reference AF51/91/1.

Migration and Empire, 1830-1939: emigration from Scotland

Members of the McCracken family emigrated to Australia during the 19th century but kept in touch with their family back home. In this session students study diary entries and letters which illustrate personal experiences of emigration. Book this workshop now.

Image shows sepia photograph of soldiers standing beside a steam engine. National Records of Scotland reference GD1/1232/3/4.

The Impact of the Great War, 1914-1928: the domestic impact of war, 1914-1918

Students evaluate and discuss copies of primary sources relating to the outbreak of war, the effects of recruitment and conscription on people's lives, the use of the Military Appeal Tribunals Scheme for exemption from military service and the treatment of conscientious objectors. Book this workshop now.