Excrement in Scotland during 1600-1650

HHE Podcast

Excrement in Scotland during 1600-1650

Ryan takes Pete round the U-bend to discover excrement in Scotland in the early 1700s. Find out how storing stools in your front garden could make you big money, how being the King’s favourite could leave you lurking in his loo and travel to Edinburgh to discover the nastiness of Nor Loch.   


00:00 Intro

01:44 Orientation to Scotland

06:48 History of Scotland

12:14 Excrement

18:14 What was like life in Scotland during the early 17th Century?

26:10 Shitting in the Country

35:41 Urban sanitation

44:44 Nor Loch

53:10 Groom of the Stool

01:02:20 Derzolation

01:04:08 Outro


 – Richard Oram, Professor of Medieval and Environmental History, at the University of Stirling

 – Dr Aaron Allen, Institute for Academic Development, at the University of Edinburgh

 – Archaeological researcher, Morag Cross

 – Dr Simon Gilmour, Director of Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (www.socantscot.org)


 – Highlanders – Scotland the Brave (https://youtu.be/OTJMRfATKdU)

 – National Anthem of Scotland (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LePGv1Pb2L4)

 – Home Shopping Club-SPREE Ident 1994 (https://youtu.be/Lk8nwA3yF4k)

 – Singing in the Rain for Orchestra (https://youtu.be/SHIKnubmcG4)




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