Basics of Scottish History Quiz: Just Dates

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The history of Scotland is long and complicated. In the two millennia since the people of what is now Scotland entered the written record in the first century CE, a vast national story has gradually unfolded - a story punctuated by major events and key dates that have, between them, forged the country as it exists today.

But how much do YOU know about these prominent developments in Scottish History? From kings and queens to battles and revolutions, this quiz will test you on some of the most important dates in Scotland's past. Will you prove yourself a historical know-it-all? Or will you be exposed as completely clueless? There's only one way to find you...

Created by: Dr Allan Kennedy of Centre for Scottish Culture, Dundee
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  1. According to traditional mythology, in which year did the reign of the first 'king of Scots', Fergus I, begin?
  2. In which year was Constantine II, along with his allies, defeated by Aethelstan of England at the Battle of Brunanburh?
  3. In which year was the Battle of Carham, in which Malcolm II won a victory over Northumbria, securing Scottish control north of the Tweed?
  4. In which year was Queen Margaret (d.1093) canonised by Pope Innocent IV?
  5. In which year was William Wallace defeated by Edward I at the Battle of Falkirk?
  6. In which year did Robert (I) the Bruce seize the throne after murdering John Comyn?
  7. In which year was James I assassinated in Perth?
  8. In which year did Orkney and Shetland formally become part of Scotland?
  9. In which year did England and Scotland agree the 'Treaty of Perpetual Peace', sealed by the marriage of James IV and Margaret Tudor?
  10. In which year did Mary I return to Scotland, after living in France since 1548?
  11. In which year was the National Covenant first signed?
  12. In which year was the Claim of Right, by which the Scots overthrew James VII?
  13. In which year was the second Jacobite Rising, culminating in the Battle of Sheriffmuir?
  14. In which year did the Court of Session issue its judgement in the Knight v. Wedderburne case, confirming that slavery was not recognised in Scots law?
  15. In which year did Robert Burns die?
  16. In which year was the major schism in the Church of Scotland known as the 'Disruption'
  17. In which year was the post of Secretary of State for Scotland established?
  18. In which year was the Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act, granting women the franchise on equal terms with men?
  19. In which year was the FIRST referendum on Scottish devolution?
  20. In which year were the Glasgow Commonwealth Games?

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