I am very keen on pre-history. My feeling is: if folk were able to write stuff down they were far too modern for my taste. However, my patchy knowledge of Scotland’s post-neolithic period has been brought home by my inability to engage in some recent debates with chums. Not in any sensible way, at least.
I know some stuff, of course. I know about the Wars of Independence – William Wallace is my hero and I practically had the Declaration of Arbroath tattooed on my butt. However, as with most things, the rest of my historic knowledge is more romantic than factual in nature. This should and will be remedied. I have somehow, at some point, obtained a copy of Magnus Magnus Magnusson’s Scotland: The Story of a Nation. In the first 12 pages he has succinctly summed up the first 7000+ years of Scotland’s human occupation and I am nearing the edge of my knowledge… until we reach 1286 at any rate.