Scottish Legends and Folklore

October 4, 2019  - by 
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Scotland is a small country with a big impact. Boasting a diverse culture, Scotland prides itself on its unique history. From the arrival of the Roman Empire in AD 124 to the Vikings in AD 800 to today’s refugees, people from around the world have played a part in Scotland’s past.

Scottish Legends

Mingled in Scotland’s rich history are stories of heroes, monsters, and more. These tales from Scottish folklore have played an important role in Scotland’s culture. 

Among the heroes is Robert the Bruce, who was King of Scots from 1306 until 1329. He fought for and won Scotland’s independence as a country. Along the way, Robert faced defeat but looked to a spider for the inspiration to keep fighting.

More famously, rumors of the Loch Ness Monster have been floating around for years. Nessie, the fabled sea creature in the Scottish highlands, started cropping up in the 6th century. Since then, the rumors have only grown in popularity. 

To learn about more Scottish folklore, such as the nine maidens of Dundee or kelpies, visit

Your Unique History

Like Scotland, you have a unique history. You have a present, a past, and a future. Learning more about your family can give you a sense of identity. Sharing your story can do the same for your children, your nieces, or your nephews. 

FamilySearch Memories is the perfect place to start sharing your stories. Upload photos, record audio, or write your memories to share them with your family. You can also find the memories your family has recorded.

Discover your family, and along the way, discover yourself.

Scottish Heritage

Your family heritage carries with it a story of your beginnings. Where did your family originate? Today, more than 50 million people around the world share Scottish heritage. Are you one of them? 

Discover your Scottish ancestry, or start with a DNA test to find your family’s origins.

Your Scottish Heritage

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