Tag Archives: scotland

Before humans there were many forms of life

Timeline: Pre-human evolution The earth is about 4.54 billion years old and the first life dates to at least 3.5 billion years ago. I found the following useful https://dinosaurpedia.wordpress.com I have referred back to Scotland (where I live) as this … Continue reading

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From Africa to Scotland

Modern technology has afforded more tools for measuring and dating finds of past human activity. Radiocarbon dating can measure up to 40,000 years ago. This has resulted in recalibration of estimated ages of archaeological finds so that items already in … Continue reading

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Rome Kingdom to Empire: impact on Brittania to Judea

Rome had a Kingdom, then a Republic, then an Empire. What follows is the evolving significant people and events which resulted in the Empire. The last Kingdom monarch was Lucius Tarquinius Superbus, located in Ancient Rome. As a result of … Continue reading

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7th Century Religious Earthquakes

Rome first influenced the conversion of Pagans living in the British Isles, to Christianity. According to Prosper of Aquitaine, Palladius was from a noble family in Gaul. In 429, he was serving as a deacon in Rome. The Pope commissioned … Continue reading

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Debt as a Driving Force

Philip IV of France (born in Fontainebleau in 1268, the second son of Philip III. His mother (Isabella of Aragon) died when he was three and his stepmother, Marie de Brabant, allegedly preferred her own children to Philip and his … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part X

My current Historic Scotland magazine made me aware of the Medieval torture practices which extended into the 1700s. It made me think that we can always, as humans, raise our intellectual understanding but never seem to leave go of the … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part V

Friendships with well connected Scots must have helped the career of Adam Smith,  example here is Friendship Number 1: Buccleuch Dynasty Scots often visited Paris.  Adam Smith was no exception, but he could not have spent so long in France without … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VI

Friendship with David Hume, friendship No.2 The Scottish Enlightenment was characterised by a thoroughgoing empiricism and practicality where the chief values were improvement, virtue, and practical benefit for the individual and society as a whole. David Hume (1711 -1776) best friend … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VII

Friendship with James Oswald, friendship No.3 James Oswald (1715 – 24 March 1769) The Oswald’s were a highly successful family and their wealth seems to have had three sources: trade, farming and coal. They also distinguished themselves in a number … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VIII

16th to 18th century, the mood seemed to be that we were, as an island people, not going to be invaded ever again. Those who had wealth wanted to become richer, thus more influential and more powerful. Those with family … Continue reading

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