History Scotland: top ten stories of 2021

22 December 2021
We take a look back at the past year on the History Scotland website, with our top ten countdown…

Read on to find out which of our stories had the biggest visitor numbers during 2021...

10 Our Kings and Queens Month in November brought record numbers of visitors to the History Scotland website – many of whom read Historic Environment Scotland’s blog on Scots who marched into battle alongside Joan of Arc.

9 Claiming the first of two spots in our list, a Mary Queen of Scots-related story about Storm George was a hit with our global audience.

8 National Museums Scotland’s announcement of a pioneering discovery in the Galloway Hoard, which we reported on just last week, made it into eighth place in our top ten.

7 In the seventh spot of our top ten was History Scotland’s online lectures programme – a huge hit with history fans around the world, and now taking bookings for 2022!

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6 Digital reconstructions provide us with a great way to enjoy history from the comfort of our own homes and in Scotland’s earliest Pictish fort, we were taken back in time more than 1,000 years. 

5 National Records of Scotland’s fantastic collections were a big hit, as we showed through our report of one million new records added to the collections. 

4 Spot four goes to the family history world, with ten reasons you can’t find your Scottish ancestors.

3 Mary Queen of Scots never fails to fascinate, as our best books about the life of Mary Queen of Scots proves.

2 Just pipped at the post in the top spot is top 100 most popular baby names in 1900 and 1950 – see if your name’s featured… 

1 In a sign of the times, our top story of the year was 10 Scottish history books to read while self-isolating. We look forward to another year of great reading in 2022!

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