Robert the Bruce
King of Scots
The acclaimed Scottish novelist James Robertson and illustrator Jill Calder tell the story of Robert the Bruce (1274–1329), from the death of King Alexander III, through the years of violent struggle against the English and consolidation of power in Scotland, to victory at Bannockburn in 1314. Age 8+
The Hunt for Rob Roy
The Man and the Myths
Rob Roy has been one of Scotland’s most successful exports, famed for his skill at evading capture and daring exploits; but what of the real Robert MacGregor (1671–1734)? In this acclaimed biography, Stevenson shatters the popular image of a man unjustly oppressed who fights back and wins. The ‘real’ Rob Roy was a fugitive debtor, never went into battle, and lost the only duel he ever fought – but his real struggle for survival was as remarkable as his mythical heroism.
The Jacobite War in Scotland
Stuart Reid presents a military history of the failed Jacobite rising of 1715 and its culmination at Sheriffmuir, a battle ‘famous only for the fact that both sides ran away’. Reid offers a completely fresh look at the campaign, including the simultaneous uprising in Nithsdale, Northumberland; while the battle itself is reassessed in the light of a thorough knowledge of the ground at Sheriffmuir and the armies that fought there.
The Clerk Maxwells and The Scottish Enlightenment
The physicist James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) was one of the ‘great men’ to emerge from the Scottish Enlightenment. Although prompted by Clerk Maxwell’s achievement, this study goes beyond his life to examine the family he emerged from and its wider connections. Covering the period following the religious and political turmoil of the 17th century, John Arthur explores how Scottish families such as the Clerk Maxwells and their associates produced the brilliant Scots of the Enlightenment and the 19th century.
The Broken Journey
A Life of Scotland 1976-99
The sequel to The Invisible Spirit, this second volume in Roy’s series on Scotland since the Second World War begins in 1976 and follows Scotland’s fortunes to 1999. Positive achievements such as the oil boom in Shetland and the cloning of Dolly the sheep are outweighed by setbacks and disasters – including Lockerbie, Piper Alpha, the Orkney child sex abuse scandal and the school shooting at Dunblane – on Scotland’s ‘broken journey’ to the end of the 20th century.
Christian Watt Papers
An Extraordinary Life
Christian Watt (1833–1923) was born into a family of fisherfolk in Broadsea, near Fraserburgh on the Aberdeenshire coast. She started work at the age of eight and after decades of hard work and tragedy – four brothers, a son and her husband lost at sea – she became a permanent inmate of Cornhill, the Aberdeen asylum. It was there, in 1880, that she began to write this memoir with its powerful evocation of life in 19th-century Scotland.
A History from the Earliest Times
The town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders is notable for its annual Common Riding, which commemorates the fight at Hornshole in 1514 when local young men scattered an English raiding party. Taking the town’s story back to prehistoric times and the coming of the Romans, Moffat traces its growth, the rise of its textile trade and the radical changes that have given modern-day Hawick its unique character.
A Chasm in Time
Scottish War Art and Artists in the Twentieth Century
From A Gordon Highlander in the Afghan War, painted by William Skeoch Cumming in 1881, to the Scottish Korean War Memorial, opened in 2000, this study of Scottish war art covers over a century of conflict while concentrating largely on the two world wars. The book is illustrated with over 200 works of art, including photographs, posters and monuments, and explores the contexts in which the artists undertook their work, whether on the home front or in theatres of war.
From an Antique Land
Visual Representations of the Highlands and Islands 1700-1880
Examining a broad range of maps, plans, paintings, drawings, sketches and printed pictures, this book discusses visual images as an alternative and undervalued source of evidence for ideas about the Scottish Highlands and Islands in the period 1700 to 1800. It explores the cultural perception of the Highlands during that time, particularly the bias in favour of antiquity, and the influence of visual representations of the region on approaches to Highland issues down to the present day.
The Book of Banff
Royal and Ancient Burgh
With illustrated articles by 30 members of the Banff Preservation and Heritage Society and covering an enormous range of topics, from medieval Banff to the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Field Club in 2005, and through the visits of celebrities including Dr Johnson, Burns and Byron, this book paints a rich portrait of the Ancient Burgh on the banks of the Deveron estuary. From the Halgrove Community Histories series.
Illustrated with over 230 early photographs, Richard Oram's history of Scotland in the century after the invention of photography in 1839 looks in turn at Scottish people and places, rural life, work and industry, transport and leisure. Far from nostalgia, the book evokes the reality of profound division and change throughout the century: the photographers celebrate historical landscapes and engineering and industrial triumph, and record rural poverty and urban slums alongside the elegant lifestyle of the elite.
The Way It Was
A History of Gigha
To the west of the Kintyre Peninsula, Gigha has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times and is notable for the recent community buyout of the island from private ownership. Exploring the heritage of Celts, Vikings and the McNeill clan, this book draws on local traditions as well as historical research. (Previously in Postscript as God's Islanders: A History of the People of Gigha, 2006.)
On Foot Through Clydesdale
Despite its long industrial history, Clydesdale has areas of extraordinary natural beauty, including the spectacular Falls of Clyde. First published in 1932, this classic walking guide provides an introduction to the region's folklore, culture, traditions and landscape, and charts its colourful history from the Romans through William Wallace and the Covenanters to the Industrial Revolution. Charmingly illustrated with line drawings, it guides the visitor through Lanarkshire's idyllic countryside to its ancient villages, churches and castles.
Peter May's trilogy of novels - The Blackhouse, The Lewis Man and The Chessmen - concerns the Edinburgh detective Fin Macleod but is set in the Outer Hebrides. In this visual and literary celebration of the islands, May takes an imaginary journey alongside his sleuth and, with the aid of David Wilson's photographs, explores the geological and cultural history of the region as well as visiting the key locations of his fiction. Slightly off-mint.
The Invisible Spirit
A Life of Post-War Scotland 1945-75
Kenneth Roy's panorama of post-war Scottish life begins with the VE Night celebrations in the spring of 1945 and proceeds year by year to November 1975, when the first North Sea oil was pumped ashore. Using a wealth of contemporary accounts, the book tells a complex and often disturbing story of a country riven by poverty, struggling for a sense of its own identity, and ill-served by its masters. With a new post-Independence referendum afterword by the author.
Montrose and Argyll and the Struggle for Scotland
The Scottish Civil War of 1644-5 can be seen as a struggle between two men: James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, and Archibald Campbell, 1st Marquess of Argyll. Both considered themselves loyal subjects of Charles I and Charles II; and both, betrayed by their king, died on the scaffold. This history explores their contrasting personalities - the brave, rash Montrose and the cautious, opaque Campbell - and their crucial roles in Scotland's turbulent history.
Though committed by Germans and tried in London, the murder of Wolfgang Rosterg in 1944 took place in a Scottish prison camp and is thus included in this collection of true crime stories. The 47 murders that are featured range from the killing of a deserting sailor in 1814 to the Glasgow detective who bludgeoned his lover and ran her over in a stolen car.
A History from Earliest Times
Alistair Moffat offers a comprehensive and very readable history of Scotland, drawing on sources ranging from the lives of saints and medieval chronicles to reports of sporting events, contemporary popular culture and the independence referendum of 2014. Throughout the narrative Moffat uses text boxes to profile personalities including John Capellanus, Robert Adam and Jo Grimond, or to describe events such as the fate of the Blessing of Burntisland (a ferry) in 1633, and the Lockerbie disaster of 1988.
Alasdair MacColla and the Civil Wars
Alasdair MacColla was one of the greatest warriors of the Highland tradition, yet remains a shadowy figure in Scottish history, only emerging from obscurity as second in command to the Marquis of Montrose in the 1644–5 victories over the Covenanters. This study examines MacColla's achievements as a soldier and his part in the Montrose campaigns, provides a general reassessment of those campaigns and examines political changes in clan leadership in the Highlands during the 17th century. Slightly off-mint.
Edinburgh: The Golden Age
The Golden Age
Mary Cosh's ‘biography of Edinburgh’ presents a richly detailed account of the city, from the inception of the New Town in the 1760s to the death of Walter Scott in 1832: ‘the years of Modern Athens in full flower’. The book covers every aspect of the city's social and cultural life; and describes the lives of residents ranging from the elite of the New Town and scholars of the great university, to the poor in the 'narrow wynds' of the Old Town.
An archipelago of more than 100 islands, Shetland is one of the remotest areas of the UK. Its 1,500 miles of shore means that wherever one stands there is a view of the sea. In this handsomely illustrated book, the bestselling novelist behind the hit TV series Shetland and Vera takes readers through a year on the islands, learning about their past, meeting their people, visiting a Viking fire festival and watching the flora and fauna change with the seasons.
To the Ends of the Earth
Scotland's Global Diaspora, 1750-2010
Scotland is one of the world's great migrant nations. Driven by poverty, social inequality and Highland clearances, its people have settled in every corner of the former British Empire and the USA, leaving their distinctive mark on great cities and prairie farmsteads alike. Cutting through layers of myth and sentiment, this remarkable history examines the causes of emigration, charts the important role of soldiers, missionaries and traders, and traces Scotland's formidable contribution to the development of the modern world.
At the outset of this personal, opinionated, sometimes factually questionable and often impassioned account of Scottish history, Macdonell explains his position: 'Briefly, what I think is that it [Scotland] has suffered in the past, and is suffering now, from too much England. The choice before Scotland today is whether in the future to suffer from less England, or from still more.' Although written in 1937, his ardent exposition of Scottish nationalism could not be more topical.
Dear Mr Harper
Britain's First Green Parliamentarian
From his childhood in Orkney, Sri Lanka and London, to his work as the first Green Party member of the Scottish Parliament, Robin Harper tells the story of his life and discusses the urgent political and environmental issues of our time. Slightly off-mint.
Pilgrims of the Mist
The Stories of Scotland's Travelling People
Singer, storyteller and author Sheila Stewart is one of the last in the line of Scotland's travelling people and these tales, gathered from her friends and family, are a tribute to a way of life that has now all but died out. There are stories of myth and magic, hauntings and sudden deaths, lovers and childbirths, and the hardships of a people often spurned as social outcasts.
Portrait of the Borders
One of a series of books celebrating the finest regions of Scotland in colour photographs, this volume presents 140 images of landscapes of the Scottish Borders through the seasons. As well as its rolling hills and wild moorland, Jason Friend's photographs capture monuments ancient and modern, from medieval abbey ruins at Jedburgh and Kelso to a wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills.
Animals and People in Scotland
This celebration of Scotland's enormously diverse range of fauna is arranged by habitats - from mountains, moors and bogs to the sea, but also devotes chapters to the habitats in which animals and humans interact closely, the farm, urban areas and the realm of myth. Imaginatively written and lavishly illustrated, the book offers a detailed yet informal natural and cultural history of creatures from common newts to Aberdeen-Angus cattle, and the role that animals have played in Scottish life since prehistory.
Isn't All This Bloody?
Scottish Writing from the First World War
Compiled and introduced by the military historian Trevor Royle, this varied collection of writings - including poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction, letters and articles - illustrates how the First World War affected the Scots, whether at home or at the front. The substantial extracts from works by, among others, John Buchan, Ian Hay, Hugh MacDiarmid and Naomi Michison, also show how the war changed Scotland in profound ways, not least by ushering in a literary renaissance and the rise of nationalism.
A New Race of Men
In this study of Scotland in the 19th century - from Waterloo to the outbreak of the First World War - Michael Fry focuses on politics, culture and the survival of distinct forms of Scottishness that both derived from an independent past and laid the foundations for the reassertion of nationality. Drawing on the experiences of individual Scottish men and women rather than theories and statistics, he discusses the characteristics that have assured Scotland's remarkable survival through three centuries of Union with another nation.
Johnston's Map of Edinburgh 1893
This map captures the 'Athens of the North' in its 19th-century heyday, with the regular grid of its Georgian New Town, burgeoning Victorian suburbs, and the railways that fuelled the city's growth. A thriving centre of finance and the arts, Edinburgh also had a worldwide reputation for mapmaking; W & AK Johnston was among its most prominent cartographical firms.
The Summer Voyage from East to West Scotland of the Anassa
In the late 1990s, Mairi Hedderwick embarked on a six-week voyage through the Caledonian Canal to the western fjords, aboard the antique yacht Anassa. Filled with frank and fresh observations on everything from the history of landscape painting in Scotland to the shipping forecast and fish farming, and illustrated with her own drawings and watercolours, this is an enthralling account of another remarkable journey. New edition.
A Sketching Tour
In this journey through Shetland, past and present, the popular artist Mairi Hedderwick has retraced the footsteps of John T Reid, a Victorian watercolourist whose Art Rambles in Shetland was published in 1867. Throughout her journey, Hedderwick compares the landscapes of Shetland with those Reid recorded in 1867, and this book is full of fascinating juxtapositions of the Victorian engravings and her new watercolours.
from the North of Scotland
In the late 1720's, Edmund Burt went to Scotland to work as an engineer on Highland roads and bridges. From his base in Inverness he wrote regularly to a friend in London, describing his experiences and relaying information on everything from the clan system to the scourge of malhoulakins (midges). Written 20 years before Culloden, long before the Highland clearances and first published in 1754, the letters offer a rare picture of contemporary Highland life. The present single-volume edition is introduced by Charles Withers.
Portobello and the Great War
Located three miles east of Edinburgh, Portobello is best known as a popular seaside resort. Less well known is its role in the First World War, when thousands of British troops were billeted there. Illustrated with period photographs and including heartfelt personal letters and diaries, this book documents the effect of the war on the town, both on the home front and in terms of the local residents who fought and died in the conflict.
Scotland's Greatest Battle for Independence
Angus Konstam’s landmark study of the victory of Robert the Bruce over Edward II's army at Bannockburn in June 1314 shows how the battle was a turning point in history for the English as well as the Scots: a medieval clash of arms that helped define the political landscape of Britain and became, for many Scots, a patriotic talisman.
Bodysnatchers to Lifesavers
Three Centuries of Medicine in Edinburgh
This history looks at medical practice in Edinburgh since the incorporation of the Edinburgh Guild of Barbers and Surgeons in 1505 and traces the city's key role in the development of modern medicine. Chapters on surgery, anaesthesia and antisepsis, plague and public health, women in medicine, and famous Edinburgh physicians culminate in a survey of modern triumphs including pioneering brain surgery and the cloning of Dolly the sheep.
Scottish History in the Voices of Those Who Were There
Louise Yeoman's rummage through the manuscript, book and newspaper archives of the National Library of Scotland has yielded an astonishing range of material that narrates Scottish history in the words of eye witnesses or near contemporaries, from Tacitus' account of the battle of Mons Graupius in 84 CE to the opening of the New Scottish Parliament in 1999, reported (somewhat irreverently) in The Guardian. With translations of Latin and Gaelic documents.
Breaking the Spell
Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland
These tales of kelpies, selkies, witches, friendly giants and a baby monster are all based on Scottish legends and folklore, retold for children by storyteller Lari Don and illustrated by Cate James. There are 'notes from the author' on each of the ten stories at the end of the book. Age 5+
Love, Intimacy and Power
Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650-1850
Analysing the correspondence of over 100 couples from the Scottish elites over the period 1650 to 1850, this study explores how ideas about the nature of emotional intimacy, love and friendship within marriage adapted to a modernizing economy and society and in turn shaped how power was negotiated between partners. The study shows that over the course of the 18th century, far from being on the European side-lines, Scottish ideas about gender and marriage were to become culturally dominant.
Jules Verne's Scotland
In Fact and Fiction
Jules Verne (1828-1905) is not generally associated with Scotland, but his two trips to the country so entranced him that he wrote a travelogue and set five of his novels there. As well as providing an account of his visits to Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands and the Hebrides, this book analyses novels such as The Blockade Runners and The Green Ray to illuminate the French author's lifelong fascination with all things Scottish.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
From Aberfoyle, the Enchanted Village, to Zymurgy, a specialized branch of chemistry dealing with fermentation and distilling (presumably well-known to whisky distillers), shepherd and storyteller John Barrington has compiled an A-Z of the history and legend, folklore and geography of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, now a National Park.
Glasgow's East End
In this book from the Through Time series, around 180 pictures trace some of the many ways in which Glasgow's East End has changed over the last century. Period paintings or sepia-tinted 'then' photographs are presented alongside 'now' colour photos of the same locations, with notes on the transformations - or continuities.
Rebirth of a Palace
The Royal Court at Stirling Castle
Stirling Palace is one of the finest Renaissance buildings in Britain, begun in about 1538 for the young King James V and his wife, Mary of Guise. This book explores how revolutionary new ideas, coming from Europe and embraced by James and his Court, influenced the creation of this magnificent building. In parallel, Harrison also reveals the details of the major project, begun in 2001, to restore the interiors of the Palace to their former glory.
The Battle for a Nation
The year of Scotland's referendum, 2014 was also the 700th anniversary of the battle of Bannockburn, when 'a very different sort of campaign on the issue of Scotland's independence came to its climax'. Alistair Moffat follows in detail the events of those two days in June 1314, and captures all the fear, heroism, confusion and desperation of medieval warfare as he describes the tactics and manoeuvres that led to a stunning victory for the heavily outnumbered Scots.