Latest Episodes

Be More Pirate
October 27, 2021

We've talked a lot about pirates over the last few episodes, so in this Unearthed special I chat to Alex Barker from the Be More Pirate movement, about what pirates and the Golden Age of Piracy can mean for you today.

The Trial of Captain Kidd
October 20, 2021

He sailed the seas in search of pirates, but the world that he thought supported him, would turn against him - branding him a pirate instead. This episode examines the trial and aftermath of Scottish born pirate Captain William Kidd. Was he a notorious vi

Captain Kidd: Pirate or Privateer?
October 13, 2021

Captain William Kidd is a name that permeates pirate lore, but what is less discussed are his Scottish routes. But was this man a terror of the high seas, or patriotic privateer? What's the difference between pirates and privateers anyway? Join me in the

Allan Pinkerton vs. Jesse James
September 01, 2021

What led Scottish born Allan Pinkerton to track down one of America's most notorious outlaws? Jesse James is a house hold name to many, but in this episode we unearth the legend of both Pinkerton and James, to find out what brought these two men on a mass

The Pinkerton National Detective Agency
August 25, 2021

Did you know that the founder of the American secret service was from Glasgow? This week I take a look at the life of Allan Pinkerton, founder of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, and how he and his crew foiled a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln

Frances Wright's Utopia
August 18, 2021

Who fired the starter gun for equality? Is there someone out there who pioneered centuries of furious debate for women's rights? This is the story of a Dundee born legend whose legacy resonates with us today - despite her being side-lined by history. How

John Rae: Blood, Ice, and Glory
August 11, 2021

In 1848, two naval ships went missing in the Arctic ice. The British Navy believed it was on the cusp of discovering the first navigable link in the Northwest Passage, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans by traversing the roof of Canada. But, this

Season Three: Scots in America Trailer
August 08, 2021

It's here - the third season of Unearthed! This time, I take a look at prominent Scots who fled the homeland to chase a better life in the New World - the good, the bad, and the mad.Episode one lands Wednesday 11th August, wherever you get your podcasts

History Sideshow #03: The Queen of the Okoyong
August 05, 2021

Welcome to the History Sideshow! This week I take a look at Mary Slessor who sailed for Nigeria in 1876 - but should she be revered today in the light of damage caused by white-saviourism and voluntourism? I'll also address something quite personal to me

History Sideshow #02: The Groove of Alexander Trocchi
July 29, 2021

Welcome to the History Sideshow - my weekly podcast that runs in between the main Unearthed seasons.This week Ryan returns to the Covenanters Prison and the infamous Bluidy George Mackenzie, to sift out the poltergeist from the pretence, as well as high