_______________________Week 58_______________________

So, you think you know Scotland?

Learn more about our scotland through weekly questions

Scott’s view

1.Which of the following is traditionally ‘tossed’ at Highland Games?

a. caber 

b. cow 

c. lamb

2.Which island is known for its strict observance of the Sabbath?

a. Isle of Arran 

b. Isle of Lewis and Harris 

c. Mull

Lewis and Harris in the Outer Hebrides have been well known for their strict observance of the Sabbath, when everything closed, including ferry services to the mainland. This is now beginning to change, with a Sunday ferry service recently being introduced. 

3.When did Mary, Queen of Scots reign?

a. 1512-1542 

b. 1542-1567 

c. 1567-1597

4.From where on the mainland do you catch the ferry to the islands ‘Rum’, ‘Eigg’ and ‘Muck’?

a. Oban 

b. Ullapool 

c. Mallaig

5.What is the legal definition of a ‘croft’?

a. house 

b. walled field 

c. unit of land

A ‘croft’ is technically a plot of land over which the crofter enjoys special rights to live, farm or fish from. Crofting rights came to the fore during the 19th century when, after some bitter recrimination, legislation enshrined certain privileges for the traditional crofter. 

6.Musician Mylo from the Isle of Skye studied philosophy at which University?

a. Edinburgh 

b. Oxford 

c. Cambridge

7.What important event took place on 24th June 1314? 

a. Declaration of Arbroath 

b. Battle of Bannockburn

c. death of William Wallace

8.During clan feuding, what were the MacLeods and MacDonalds reputedly reduced to eating?

a. dogs and cats 

b. trees and plants 

c. birds and insects

9.How did writer Ellroy Leonard describe the new wave of Scottish crime fiction in the 1990’s?

a. Agatha Christie on acid 

b. Bleak tales from the frozen north

c. Tartan Noir

Led by Scottish writers such as Ian Rankin with his Inspector Rebus novels, a new genre of crime fiction – ‘Tartan Noir’ – evolved in the mid 1990s whose style is resolutely urban, peppered with black humour, and quite unlike the English ‘whodunit’. 

10.The clan confederation of ‘McSweens’, ‘Lamonts’, ‘Macleys’, ‘MacLachlans’ and ‘MacNeils’ can trace one line of their ancestry back to which century?

a. fifth 

b. sixth 

c. eighth

The answer will be updated next week

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