WOMEN have tended to be bit-part players in the histories of Scotland. With exception to those of royal descent – Mary, Queen of Scots being a famous example – and the infamous witch trials of centuries past, it would be fair to say the roles of women have been underplayed.

Black Agnes is an exception. So-called because of her unusual olive complexion and dark hair, Agnes (or Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar and March as she was formally known) defended her home, Castle Dunbar, from a siege led by the Earl of Salisbury in 1338.

 

Read more: Scottish fact of the week: Black Agnes – The Scotsman.

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