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Spectral warriors and haunted castles: Ghosts and the formation of Scottish identity
Which nation is most plagued with supernatural horrors? ‘Without doubt or hesitation’, declared one 19th-century writer, it was Scotland.

This talk will explore Scotland’s reputation for being a nation ‘whare ghaists and houlets nightly cry’. It will show how medieval Scots told stories of walking corpses, with figures including William Wallace doing battle with the restless dead. We will see that ghost stories declined after the 1560 Reformation, but resurged in the late 17th century, with ghosts taking up new roles as religious propagandists.

Join Dr Martha McGill for a 45-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast.


The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, and History Scotland’s consultant editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1). To find the start time in your time zone, visit https://www.timeanddate.com.

(image courtesy The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Brom Bones and Ichabod)

May 12, 2021 06:30 PM in London

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