Joseph Stalin – Soviet tyrant, responsible for the death of approximately six million people- is still honoured today – unbelievably- in two separate locations in England; Stalin Avenue, Chatham, and Stalin Road, Colchester. By James McLean Nearly 70 years have passed since the dictator’s death - and the revelations thereafter of the extent of his atrocities - and there has been...
This Pride Month we look at the case of Gavin Bell from Blackridge. Scotland was not unique in executing gay men in medieval times, but the number of recorded cases is astonishingly low. Baron Hume in fact claimed there was just two cases before 1889. He was wrong - records show another case, the case of the unfortunate Gavin...
In a footnote to a published pamphlet, chloroform pioneer Sir James Simpson made meagre admission of the part played by David Waldie, but there is no doubt he denied to him the public renown which he ought to have shared. He is not forgotten in Linlithgow, however, the town of his birth. By James McKean The discovery of the anaesthetic properties...
The unbelievable story of how Pepsi Cola once owned the 6th Largest Navy, but failed to win the cola wars in Eastern Europe. by James McKean During the reign of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union existed almost entirely free of western influence. Stalin’s U.S.S.R strove for self-sufficiency, meaning minimum effort was put into forming trade relationships with other states. The Soviet Union’s...
The date of France’s last ever public execution of a prisoner by guillotine will surprise you. The last ever prison execution even more so. This article contains subject-matter and historical footage some readers may find upsetting. By Angus Wright When conversations, books or films move towards medieval ages, it is only a matter of time before capital punishment and the guillotine...
A map that tracks more than 3,000 Scots men and women who were accused of being witches in the 16th and 17th Century has been published for the first time. The interactive document has been created by data experts at the University of Edinburgh. It builds on the university's Scottish Witchcraft Survey which brought to life the persecution of women during...