Basics of Scottish History Quiz: Early Modern Edition

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Running approximately from the early 1500s to the middle of the 1700s, the early modern period was an era of dizzying change for Scotland. Encompassing the Reformation, several civil wars, at least two revolutions, union with England, the rise and fall of Jacobitism, attempted Empire-building, and much else besides, this was an era that saw Scotland repeatedly transformed. It was also the period that produced some of the best-known characters in all of Scottish History, including John Knox, Mary Queen of Scots, the Marquis of Montrose, and 'Bonnie Prince Charlie'.

But how much do YOU know about early modern Scotland? From kings and queens to literature and witchcraft, our quiz will test you on the basics of Scottish History from the mid-16th to the mid-18th centuries. Good luck!

Created by: Dr Allan Kennedy of Centre for Scottish Culture, Dundee
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  1. Who married King James V in 1538, later serving as regent during the minority of their daughter, Mary Queen of Scots?
  2. Which major figure in the pro-French faction during the minority of Queen Mary was assassinated in St Andrews Castle in 1546?
  3. Which poet wrote "Ane Pleasant Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis", first performed in its entirety in 1555 and generally considered one of the greatest works of Scots literature?
  4. In which year did the Scottish Parliament formally turn Scotland into a Protestant country?
  5. At which battle in 1568 was Mary Queen of Scots defeated in her attempt to regain the Scottish throne?
  6. In which year was Mary Queen of Scots executed?
  7. In which town was a supposed coven of witches uncovered in 1590, leading to Scotland's first major witch-hunt?
  8. When did James VI succeed as King of England, uniting the English and Scottish crowns?
  9. After becoming King of England, how many times did James VI make return-visits to Scotland?
  10. What was the name of the document first signed in 1638 that committed Scots to defending the 'true Church', meaning Presbyterianism?
  11. Who led a Royalist rising against the Covenanters in 1644-6?
  12. Who served as commander-in-chief of the English army in Scotland from 1653 until the end of the Commonwealth?
  13. At which battle in 1679 was a force of militant Covenanters defeated by a government army under the Duke of Monmouth?
  14. Which document, adopted by the Scottish Parliament in 1689, declared the forfeiture of King James VII in favour of William and Mary?
  15. When was the massacre of Glencoe?
  16. Where did the Scots attempt to establish a colony in 1699-1700, with disastrous results?
  17. When did the union of England and Scotland take place?
  18. Who led the Jacobite forces in Scotland during the 1715 rising?
  19. In which town did the Shawfield Riots (1725) take place, the most intense bout of popular opposition to a proposed extension of the malt tax into Scotland?
  20. Where did Prince Charles Edward Stuart raise the Jacobite standard, proclaiming the official beginning of the 1745-6 rising?

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