Super-Hard Scottish History Quiz: 17th Century Edition

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The 17th century may well have been the most action-packed hundred years Scotland has ever experienced. Boasting regal union, a civil war, Cromwellian conquest, two revolutions, and attempted imperial expansion, it was a century of breathless development. But how well do you know this tumultuous period? Our fiendish quiz will let you test your knowledge.

But be warned: this is no ordinary quiz. These questions ask you about obscure or less well-known aspects of 17th-century Scottish History, some of them so esoteric that even specialists might struggle. So, are you well-versed enough to survive possibly the hardest Scottish History quiz on the internet? Click 'Start' to find out...

Created by: Dr Allan Kennedy of Centre for Scottish Culture, Dundee
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  1. What was the name of the young woman sensationally executed in 1600 for arranging the murder of her husband?
  2. What was the name of the Scots-language poem published by Elizabeth Melville in 1603, the first poem published by a Scottish woman?
  3. Who spearheaded Scottish efforts to settle Nova Scotia in the 1620s?
  4. What is the name given to the Royalist plot of 1641 that aimed to kidnap several leading Covenanters, thereby helping bolster the power of Charles I?
  5. In which residence did Charles II first establish his court upon arriving in Scotland in 1650?
  6. The five major Cromwellian forts in 1650s Scotland were at Leith, Inverlochy, Perth, Inverness, and which other?
  7. What was the name of the 'romance' published in 1661 by George Mackenzie, often regarded as the earliest Scottish novel?
  8. Anne Scott, who became Duchess of Monmouth by marriage in 1663, was heiress to which Scottish earldom?
  9. Who in 1664 was granted a general commission for pacifying the Highlands by catching all bandits and 'broken men'?
  10. In which southern town in 1680 did the radical Covenanters known as the 'Cameronians' first read their 'Declaration and Testimony', a symbolic declaration of war again Charles II?
  11. Which child mystic, who died in 1681, was quickly immortalised in print as an exemplar of Covenanting Godliness?
  12. Which small northern town successfully petitioned to have its royal burgh status removed in 1681?
  13. Alongside the Poll Tax, which new tax was introduced in the 1690s to help fund war with France?
  14. What was the name of the young woman whose accusations of demonic possession sparked the Renfrewshire witch-hunt of 1697-1700?
  15. In which year did the High Court of Justiciary, Scotland's central criminal court, first convene?

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