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Pioneering Scottish female astronomer Williamina Fleming died on 21 May 1911.

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The Battle of Nechtansmere (or Blar Dhun Neachdain) was fought on 20 May 685AD. ...

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Author and diarist James Boswell died on 19 May 1795, at the age of 54. ...

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Pioneering photographer David Octavius Hill died on 17 May 1870.

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Scottish explorer Sir Alexander Burnes was born on 16 May 1805.

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Mary Queen of Scots married her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell on 15 May 1567. ...

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The St Andrews Society of Golfers was founded on 14 May 1754.

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On 13 May 1568, Mary Queen of Scots was defeated at the Battle of Langside.

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Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, daughter of the Earl of Strathmore, was crowned queen on 12 May 1937, alongside her husband, ...

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On 11 May 1685, Covenanter martyrs Margaret Wilson and Margaret Lachlane were executed for refusing to declare ...

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On 10 May 1941 Rudolf Hess crash landed in Scotland in what appeared to be a one-man attempt to end World War Two. ...

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Glasgow socialist John Maclean was tried for sedition on 9 May 1918.

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