So, you think you know Scotland?
Learn more about our scotland through weekly questions
1.What name is given to a brimless woollen cap, often worn with short ribbons at the back?
2.Which lawyer’s apprentice from Greenock developed ‘Golden Syrup’?
a. Abraham Lyle
b. John Tate
c. Tom Gold
Syrup was invented by Scotsman Lyle in 1833 from a sugar cane by-product at his factory in London. The syrup’s trademark is the oldest brand in the UK. Lyle merged his company with the Tate sugar-refining company in 1859 to become ‘Tate and Lyle’.
3.Which wall was built around Edinburgh and named after a disastrous battle for the Scots in 1513?
The ‘Battle of Flodden’ on 9th September 1513 was a disaster for the Scots army. Shortly after this Battle, the citizens of Edinburgh decided to increase their defences and a massive wall was constructed over the next half century between the Nor’ Loch, the Southside and the Grassmarket area, enclosing the city within a space of a square mile.
4.In what area does Girvan lie?
5.What are you doing if you are ‘whinging’?
6.Where in the mid 20th century was the centre of the steel industry in Scotland?
7.Which king was defeated at the Battle of Neville’s Cross and spent the next eleven years in the Tower of London?
a. King Charles I
b. King David II
This battle took place near Durham in 1346 between Scotland and England. Although several Scottish noblemen were killed, King David II escaped, but was later captured and imprisoned. He was released many years later after a huge ransom was paid. The battle is said to be named after a commemorative stone placed there by English nobleman Lord Neville.
c. King James VII
8.Which Scottish university botanic garden was established in 1971?
9.What was Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre originally called?
a. Capital Theatre
b. Empire Theatre
c. Edinburgh Playhouse
10.When was the ‘open skies’ policy enacted, allowing transatlantic flights to and from Scotland?