How a Million-Dollar Viking Chess Piece Was Found in a Kitchen Drawer

A Kitchen Drawer’s Viking Hoard

A knickknack from a Scottish family’s kitchen drawer turned out to be a Viking chess piece from the celebrated Lewis hoard and sold at Sotheby’s for almost $1 million — testimony to the power of the mundane to mask the simply unimaginable.

A Leadership Race Exposes the Myth of Scottish Exceptionalism

The Myth of an Exceptional Scotland

As its first Asian leader, it's tempting to see Humza Yousaf’s victory as a sign of Scotland’s progressive credentials. Yet the strong performance of his conservative evangelical opponent suggests otherwise.

The Legal Battle for the Future of Scotland’s Highlands

The Legal Battle for the Future of Scotland’s Highlands

In northern Scotland, along the wide and rugged coast, a high-tech platform will soon be built to launch rockets. It will provide the community with jobs and the local coffers with a bigger budget. But first, a court battle against Scotland’s biggest private landowner had to be won.