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So, you think you know Scotland?

Learn more about our scotland through weekly questions


1.Which battle in 1780, during the USA War of Independence, had a Scots commander in charge of each side?

a. Lexington 

b. Princeton 

c. King’s Mountain

2.Thomas Stevenson designed which lighthouse in Shetland?

a. Fluggle Mucka 

b. Cackle Staffa 

c. Muckle Flugga

The Stevenson family (of whom Robert Louis was a younger member) was renowned for their building and engineering of lighthouses, often in wild and inaccessible places, off the coast of Scotland. 

3.How many holes did the ‘Old Course’ golf course in St Andrews originally have?

a. 18 

b. 19

c. 22

4.What is the principal activity of the ‘Society of Antiquaries of Scotland’?

a. researching old books

b. collecting antiques 

c. archaeology

5.Who accompanied Dr Samuel Johnson on his late 18th century tour of the Hebrides?

a. Robert Burns 

b. Adam Smith 

c. James Boswell

In 1773, James Boswell accompanied his friend and mentor, Samuel Johnson, round the Western Isles and later published a fascinating account of the trip entitled Journal of Tour to the Hebrides. 

6.Approximately what percentage of the world’s grey seal population is found in Scottish waters?

a. 20% 

b. 30% 

c. 40%

7.Where was JK Rowling living when she began writing the Harry Potter books?

a. London 

b. Mull 

c. Edinburgh

8.At what age can you legally drink alcohol in Scotland?

a. 16 

b. 18 

c. 21

9.Who was made a saint in 1249 by the church in Rome? 

a. Queen Gruoch 

b. Queen Matilda 

c. Queen Margaret

Margaret (c.1046-93) was the Queen of Malcolm III. She was actually born in Hungary and came to Scotland after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. She was mother to three Scottish kings – Edgar, Alexander and David. Deeply pious, she was canonised by the Catholic church. 

10.Which of the following towns lies furthest south?

a. Nairn 

b. Sanquhar 

c. Kinlochewe

The answer will be updated next week

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