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ARTS Does Sunset Song paint a true picture of Scotland?

AN adaptation of the classic Scottish novel of the same name by Lewis Grassic Gibbon, the 2015 film Sunset Song follows the life of Chris Guthrie (Agyness Deyn), a young woman living on a Kincardineshire farm in the fictional village of Kinraddie, shortly before the First World War.

HISTORY Weighing up the historical accuracy of Stone of Destiny film

THE Stone of Scone, or Stone of Destiny, was used in the coronations of Scotland’s kings for centuries, until Edward I invaded Scotland in 1296. The English king took the Stone back with him to England, where it remained for seven hundred years, until it was returned to Scotland in 1996. That is, except for four months in the winter and spring of 1950-1.

EXPLAINED How accurate is Outlander on Scottish settlers in America?

FROM season four onwards, Outlander focuses on the creation of a Scottish colony in North Carolina, along with the settlement of a few former Jacobites there, men who go on to participate in early resistance to the British colonial authorities and will even join the American Revolution.

COMMENT Braveheart inaccuracies do an injustice to our Scottish ancestors

BRAVEHEART, the 1995 historical epic directed by and starring Mel Gibson as William Wallace, the Scottish knight who fought against Edward I’s occupation of Scotland in the late 13th and early 14th centuries, is littered with historical inaccuracies. Some of these are simply anachronistic, such as the woad warpaint of the Scots, something more suited to a Pictish warrior facing the Romans at Hadrian’s Wall a millennium before the events of the film, or Scots wearing kilts in the 13th century

Rory MacLellan explores a group of crusading soldier-monks with ties to Scotland

THE crown steeple of St Giles’ Cathedral looms over much of Edinburgh’s Old Town, just as it has cast its shadow over key events in Scotland’s history. St Giles’ was a witness to the turbulent Scottish Reformation, but what is less well-known is the church’s earlier, medieval, history, when it was held by the Leper Knights.