A History of Scotland

A History of Scotland is a ten-part BBC documentary series presented by Neil Oliver, charting the birth and growth of the Scottish nation. The series charts the journey from the diverse tribes' first stirrings of identity around 2,000 years ago through to devolution and the reopening of the Scottish Parliament. It reveals the fascinating struggles, power brokers, incidents and characters across the years from William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Sir Walter Scott to the Highland-lowland rivalry, the Covenanters, the Darien disaster and the tobacco lords.

Episode 1 - The Last of the Free

Episode 1 - The Last of the Free
Neil Oliver reveals the mystery of how the Gaelic Scottish Kingdom - Alba - was born, and why its role in one of the greatest battles ever fought on British soil defined the shape of Britain in the modern era.

Episode 2 - Hammers of the Scots
Neil Oliver charts the 13th century story of the two men who helped transform the Gaelic kingdom of Alba into the Scotland of today.

Episode 3 - Bishop Makes King
Neil Oliver explores the role the Scottish church played in promoting Robert Bruce, the propaganda campaigns, both at home and abroad.

Episode 4 - Language is Power
At one time, Gaelic Scotland - the people and the language - was central to the identity of Scots. But as Neil Oliver reveals, Scotland's infamous Highland/Lowland divide was the result of a family struggle that divided the kingdom.

Episode 5 - Project Britain
Neil Oliver describes how the ambitions of two of Scotland's Stuart monarchs were the driving force that united two ancient enemies, and set them on the road to the Great Britain we know today.

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History of Scotland - wikipedia
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