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Scotland Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on December 3, 2022

 
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 Scotland ranks 59th among countries, states and provinces with markers in this database. Scotland is a country in the United Kingdom. Scotland is some 48 thousand square kilometers in size with a population of around 5.4 million people. The country is divided into 34 historic counties or shires and 23 of them have entries in this database. In Scotland we have discovered historical markers in 57 cities and towns lying in 183 postal delivery areas.

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There are at least 246 historical markers in Scotland, by our count. We have cataloged 245 historical markers and 49 war memorials—each individually presented on 284 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another historical marker in Scotland that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first marker in the database, The Scottish Parliament, was added August 5, 2010. It was photographed in Aberdeen. The last one added was submitted on August 22, 2020, and titled Advocate's Close. It is in Edinburgh. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Scotland was erected in 1810. It was this one: Wallacestone Memorial, and one of our correspondents found it in Falkirk on July 19, 2015.

Scotland Historical Topics
66 • Forts and Castles
38 • World War I
34 • World War II
20 • Settlements and Settlers
20 • Waterways and Vessels
16 • Churches and Religion
16 • Arts, Letters, Music
15 • Non-US Wars
13 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
11 • Government and Politics
    ... and others ...

The Scots don’t want to forget their Forts and Castles history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Scotland about Forts and Castles—66 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by World War I with 38 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Forts and Castles topic was The Holy Grail, added April 1, 2015. It had been erected in Doune in Stirling. The last one submitted was submitted on January 7, 2019, and titled Walled Garden. It had been erected in Inverurie in Aberdeenshire. The earliest marker erected with the Forts and Castles topic that we have listed was erected in 1967. It is Inverness Castle, found in Inverness in Highland on December 13, 2018.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Scotland? What we know is that In Memory of Scottish-American Soldiers is the most viewed entry in the database from Scotland since it was added in 2010. It is located in Edinburgh. This year so far, the most viewed Scottish entry is located near Inverness in Highland. It is Culloden Battlefield.

Historic counties or shires, Cities and Towns

The Scottish county or shire with the most historical markers listed in this database is Highland, with 91 of them. It is followed by Edinburgh with 65 markers. The Inverness area of Highland has the highest number of markers within its limits, 35.

Historical Markers in These
Scottish Historic counties or shires
91 • Highland
65 • Edinburgh
23 • Moray
19 • Orkney
17 • Falkirk
14 • Aberdeenshire
14 • Argyll and Bute
7 • Fife
5 • Stirling
4 • Renfrewshire
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Scotland with the most markers we again find Edinburgh at the top of the list with 56 markers in or near it. And Inverness also shows up again in next place, with 35 markers. For the postal code with the most markers it’s IV63 6XL at the top of the list with 20 markers in its delivery area. It is followed by postal code PA37 with eight markers.

Historical Markers Near These
Scottish Cities and Towns
56 • Edinburgh
35 • Inverness
19 • Lairg
19 • Stromness
14 • Falkirk
14 • Oban
10 • Keith
8 • South Queensferry
7 • Inverurie
7 • Wick
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Highland, the first marker added to the database from there, Seaforth Highlanders, was added August 5, 2010. in Dornoch. The last one submitted was uploaded on January 7, 2019, and is titled George William Mackay, in Thurso. The earliest marker erected in Highland that we have listed was erected in 1881. It was Culloden Battlefield, found near Inverness on July 19, 2015.

Latest entry from Scotland. Click to go there
By Ray Gurganus, August 10, 2019
Latest Entry from Scotland
“Advocate's Close”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Edinburgh. The first: Scottish-American War Memorial, was added August 10, 2010. The last: Advocate's Close added on August 22, 2020. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1893: In Memory of Scottish-American Soldiers, added on August 10, 2010.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

There is no organization in charge of erecting official historical markers country-wide in Scotland today. A number of historic counties or shires have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Then there are national government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Scotland have been marked with history. Check out Dundee, Aberdeen and Angus. We've only found one historical marker in each. Visiting one or more of these parts of Scotland might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Dec. 3, 2022