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Scotland Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database


on February 16, 2020

The Saltire, Scotland’s flag

 Scotland ranks 54th 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 33 of them have entries in this database. In Scotland we have discovered historical markers in 95 cities and towns lying in 144 postal delivery areas.

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How many historical markers are there in Scotland? There are least 245 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 244 historical markers and 49 war memorials—each individually presented on 283 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.

The first marker in the database, The Scottish Parliament, was added August 5, 2010. It was photographed in Aberdeen in Aberdeenshire. The last one added was submitted on October 19, 2019, and titled Patrick Hamilton. It is in St. Andrews in Fife. 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 Wallacestone in Falkirk on July 19, 2015.

Scotland Historical Categories
66 • Forts or 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
14 • Non-US Wars
13 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
11 • Government and Politics
    ... and more ...

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

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

Historic counties or shires, Cities and Towns

The Scottish county or shire with the most historical markers listed in this database is Lothian, with 63 of them. It is followed by Inverness-shire with 34 markers. The Edinburgh area of Lothian has the highest number of markers within its limits, 54. In Inverness-shire the area with the most markers, 20, is Drumnadrochit, Inverness.

Historical Markers in These
Scottish Historic counties or shires
63 • Lothian
34 • Inverness-shire
23 • Moray
21 • Sutherland
18 • Orkney Islands
18 • Stirlingshire
16 • Ross and Cromarty
15 • Caithness
15 • Aberdeenshire
14 • Argyll and Bute
    ... and more ...
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