Mark Nicol

Historian – Filmmaker – Blogger –
Guided Tours – Group Speaker

My Latest Video / Blog

Romans in the Borders week on Discover Scottish Borders

A week’s worth of my videos on how the Romans lived and influenced the Scottish Borders area.

About Discover Scottish Borders

Discover Scottish Borders is a website and social media stream to showcase an intrepid explorer of the Scottish Borders and the borderland between Scotland and England. I cover the Myths and legends as well as strange places – I also have a love for the wildlife that frequents this area! My website is for everyone who has a connection with the Scottish Borders, whether you live here, have visited (or even want to visit), your ancestors came from here or if you just like the look of this beautiful region!

 

Technically, as it stands today the Scottish Borders is a council areal formed in 1975 – Although my work is not to be confused as solely concentrating on the council area but rather the whole of the Anglo-Scottish border area that has seen some of the most extravagant moments in history of the British Isles
Historically, the term Borders has a wider meaning, referring to all of the burghs adjoining the English border, also including Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire — as well as Northumberland, Cumberland and Westmorland in England.

Roxburghshire and Berwickshire historically bore the brunt of the conflicts with England, both during declared wars such as the Wars of Scottish Independence, and armed raids which took place in the times of the Border Reivers. Thus, across the region are to be seen the ruins of many castles, abbeys and even towns.
The Scottish Borders has seen evidence from Pictish tribes, Roman Strongholds right through to important battles and documented papers that played a vital part of the several Wars of Independence.

Mark Nicol is the driving force behind Discover Scottish Borders, meticulously researching, scouting and presenting his videos that are unique and full of informative information and bringing the Borders Regions history and tales to life that are almost forgotten.
This is all done in Mark’s free time and days off!
 
 
It all started off one day with Mark exploring the local region and producing certain videos that were a way of documenting his explorations with a little bit of a fun element to add to better viewing and in context with Mark’s personality.
Things started to get a bit more serious when, with the near completion of the Borders Railway he decided to research the tourist capabilities of the areas of Galashiels and Tweedbank. This lead to a series of videos for visitors coming off the train to explore, such as walks and places to visit.
This captured a larger audience and viewers and in turn gave Mark a thirst to seek out the history and folklore of the regions in depth. At the time of writing this Mark’s YouTube channel has close to 200 videos each with its own story to tell.
The videos reach out far a field to the like of the USA, Canada, Australia and South Africa where people have a heart in the area from previous ancestors.
Discover Scottish Borders is growing all the time and becoming the hub for information of the Borders Regions.
Recently Mark has appeared in a BBC Regional Broadcast with his own segment telling the tale of the Border Reivers.
Mark is also in demand as a speaker at local community groups where he showcases his self-learnt knowledge.
Also, Mark takes carefully selected visitors to the region who want to explore the area and see for themselves the delights the regions hold.
When starting out and developing Discover Scottish Borders, Mark’s aim was to get people out and visiting these places and seeing for themselves. This can be gauged by the amount of correspondence we receive on the interest of subject matters.
Not only that, Discover Scottish Borders has been the forerunner of encouraging bloggers and YouTubers to produce their own content of their visit to a site and the exploration they have had, leaving a greater footprint of information as so more visitors may enjoy and discover the delights of our region.
In 2018 Mark was a finalist for “Visit Scotland: Scottish Thistle Award” as Regional Ambassador. Which is basically the Oscars of Scottish Tourism.
Things are looking well for Discover Scottish Borders!

More Of My Work

Genocide in the Scottish Borders

Complete genocide of the Scottish Borders people.
One of the lesser known objectives of the Roman army in Southern Caledonia…..

Forgotten Roman Forts

A man searches for the forgotten Roman fort of Bremenium, and investigates its possible connections to the 9th Legion and King Arthur

Witch Execution Sites Scottish Borders

A man uses old maps to trace the sites where thousands of women were executed for being witches in the Scottish Borders during the 16th and 17th centuries.

Hume Castle

A man explores Hume Castle and talks about its history.

Shorts – Body Snatchers & Jougs

Taking a look at the interesting and macabre artefacts in Eckford Church yard.

The 3 Brochs of Galashiels

A man searches for the 3 stone age Brochs which survived in the Galashiels area at the beginning of the first millennium.

The Romans in the Scottish Borders

A man investigates the earthworks on top of Woden Law near Jedburgh and also looks at the Roman road Dere Streeet and Pennymuir Roman camps.

The Picts in The Borders

A man finds evidence of a hill known as Pict’s Hill near Galashiels and decides to investigate. He makes some startling discoveries!

Dobies Grave – A pipers resting place *Updated

Remote, ancient, mysterious graves of unknown pipers are scattered across the Border Hills, from Galashiels to Innerleithen to Ednam.

Scottish Independence March Galashiels

All Under One Banner, peaceful demonstration march against Westminster rule in Scotland. Thousands of people took to the streets of Galashiels on 1st June 2019 to show their support for Scottish Independence.

Deep Cave Exploration

A man searches for a mysterious cave on the Scottish Borders East coast.

Venomous Spiders In Scottish Borders

A man goes looking for frightening False Widow spiders in an ancient ruined castle in the Scottish Borders.

Border Reivers may have used advance technology

Border Reivers may have developed such technologies that aided in their ability to survive and establish a network that may of died with them

Prehistoric Sunrise 2019

We visit a prehistoric site to watch the first sunrise of 2019 in the Scottish Borders

Castles, cuckoos and curlews

A man searches for castle ruins in the Gala Water valley and also spots some interesting birds

Heritage trees of Scotland

A man and his daughter search for heritage trees of Scotland in the grounds of Traquair house in the Scottish Borders

Wars of Independance in Galashiels?

A man traces a link between Tweedbank in Galashiels and Caddonlee which was for centuries the muster point of the massed Scottish armies invading England.

William Wallace’s View

A man wonders what William Wallace has been looking at for 200 years

Where Reivers & Druids Collide

A man investigates 15th century Scottish Border landowner Robert Pringle of Wrangholm and a huge prehistoric temple

The Pacification of The Scottish Borders

A man investigates the brutally violent pacification of the Scottish Borders during the Union of the English and Scottish Crowns.

What Else Do I Do?

Day and Extended Tours

I operate day tours and extended tours originating in the Scottish Borders and outreaching to the rest of Scotland & parts of England to tell the tales of the Anglo-Scots Borderlands

The Itinerary is customised to aid history buffs, spiritual seekers, family heritage research and general appreciation of the Scottish Borders beautiful landscapes and rolling hills

Group Speaking

I am also available to provide talks for groups who are interested in the history of the Borders Region

As you can see, Mark has a real passion for the unknown and forgotten history and presents his videos in a unique way to engage an audience and bring a fun way of keeping the Borders Spirit alive”

 

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