Samuel ‘Big Sam’ MacDonald

Written by Darrin Pierce,  Internship student from Stirling University Who is He? Sergeant Samuel MacDonald was born and raised in Lairg, Sutherland in 1762. He got the famous “Big Sam” nickname for being a unique height for the time period. Many sources state that he...

Plymouth Argyle Football Club

There is a long connection between the Plymouth Argyle Football Club and the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Our latest blog by Darrin Pierce, an Internship student from Stirling University, explores the history.  Where did it all start? It all started in 1886 but...

Mrs ‘Kokana’ Smith: Washerwoman Extraordinaire

Much has been written about the Battles fought by the 93rd Sutherland Highlanders, but few insights have been gained on what it was like for the women in the Army, and the roles that they filled. One of the few is about a woman known as Mrs “Kokana” Smith, who was a...

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