Special Sub-Topic: Think You Know the Scots?
|Who rowed Prince Charlie 'over the sea to Skye'?|
Flora MacDonald. She saved the Prince in 1746 and in 1774, she emigrated to North Carolina with her husband Allan MacDonald, her 5 sons and 2 daughters. Captain MacDonald was at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge during the American Revolution, was captured and held for two years and then released. After many traumas in America, they returned home to Scotland.
|Where was Mary, Queen of Scots executed? Be careful of the spelling !|
Fotheringhay Castle. According to legend, it took two blows from the executioner's axe to behead Mary! The first blow hit the back of her head and, according to one of her ladies-in-waiting, she muttered " Sweet Jesus ". Once the deed was done, her pet dog crawled out from under her skirts, covered in blood and refused to move from the queen's side.
|Who was the Italian musician, killed in front of Mary, Queen of Scots?|
David Rizzio. Rizzio was murdered by a group led by Mary's then husband, Lord Darnley, who was jealous of their relationship. It is said, however, that Rizzio was gay and was just a close friend and confidante. He was dining with the Queen, when the mob burst in to her private rooms and, despite their pleadings, Rizzio was stabbed to death.
|Where was David Rizzio murdered?|
The Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is the official Scottish residence of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom.
|What was the highest title of Sir William Wallace?|
Guardian of Scotland. Wallace has been so mythologized that it is often hard to separate fact from fiction, but he was the Guardian of Scotland. In other words, he was regent during the minority of a king.
|Who wrote 'Scots Wha Hae'?|
Robert Burns. Robert Burns wrote this, and in standard English it means ' Scots Who Have'. It is now a popular song here in Scotland and was considered for the Scottish National Anthem before 'Flower of Scotland ' was adopted as the official Anthem.
|What is the poem/song 'Scots Wha Hae' about ?|
The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. This poem, now also a song, was written by Robert Burns and is based on the speech given by King Robert the Bruce just before the Battle of Bannockburn, where the outnumbered and starving Scots beat the English army of Edward II.
The first line in English means 'Scots who have with Wallace bled ...'
|Doctor Who? Who spoke this now famous line, upon their meeting:
"Doctor Livingstone, I presume"?|
Henry Morton Stanley. Livingstone had been 'missing' for 6 years, and Stanley, a Welsh explorer and journalist, was sent by the New York Herald, to try and find him. He was discovered in the village of Ujiji on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in October 1871.
|Who founded the American Navy?|
John Paul Jones. J.P.J. served on the HMS Serapis, and, during the American Revolution, was heard to mutter the now legendary saying, upon hearing a taunt from a British Captain about surrender.... ' I have not yet begun to fight ! '.
Eventually, he went to France and then served with the Russian Imperial Navy.
|How many Scots were amongst the first 13 Governors between 1782-1802, at the birth of a fledgling United States?|
9. The 13 colonies, which were the foundation of America, had these 9 Scots as their original governors. (If you Google the names, they may appear simply as Governors of the American states and you may not find their countries of origin).
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