Images of the Scottish Borders
In addition to capturing the rolling landscapes of the border region in all seasons, and the sheep, ponies, cattle and deer that inhabit it, this collection contains picturesque views of towns such as Abbotsford, Hawick, Galashiels and Jedburgh and portraits of the area's isolated and romantic castles.
The northern border of East Lothian faces the Forth Estuary and the North Sea and this portfolio explores the 40-mile coastline, encompassing the harbour towns of Cockenzie, North Berwick and Dunbar and the famous golf links of Musselburgh and Gullane, as well as the rural hinterland and the Lammermuir Hills to the south.
The 'Kingdom' of Fife boasts Scotland's oldest university and the home of golf at St Andrews as well as picturesque fishing villages, ancient monuments and a beautiful rural heartland. Liz Hanson's photographs range from views of the Forth Bridge across the estuary and the mining and manufacturing towns around Dunfermline to the world-famous golfing country of the east coast.
For Alistair Moffat Edinburgh is quite simply ‘the most beautiful city in the world’, and Liz Hanson’s photographs show how he might have come to that conclusion. Moffat, a former Director of the Edinburgh Festival, explains how geology and history made the city as he traces its history from ancient volcanoes to fringe musicians performing in the street; while Liz Hanson’s camera peers into medieval closes as well as looking out over the Firth of Forth from the city’s lofty crags.
The Architectural Guide
Glasgow has a wealth of stunning architecture of all styles and periods: church spires, baronial battlements, cool neoclassical facades, elegant Art Deco, tower blocks and tenements. Organized into ten tours – some walkable, others achievable by bicycle, public transport or car – and illustrated in colour throughout, this practical guide covers almost 500 of the city’s most notable structures. The lively, well-researched text explains who built them, when – and why they are significant.
A Very Civil People
Hebridean Folk, History and Tradition
Edited by Hugh Cheape, this volume contains articles by John Lorne Campbell (1906–1996), the renowned writer on Hebridean history, folklore and literature. The articles, translated here from the original Gaelic, are in sections on St Kilda; Uist tradition; Eriskay tradition; Barra, Mingulay and Bernera; the history of the Small Isles (Eigg, Rum and Canna); the Jacobite poet Alexander MacDonald; and the Clearances.
Love of Country
A Hebridean Journey
Over six years, Madeleine Bunting made several journeys to the Hebrides, starting on Holy Isle and exploring the islands’ landscapes and their histories of dispossession and migration. She travels through Jura, Iona and Staffa, Rum, Eriskay and Lewis, ending her search for an understanding of home and the sense of belonging on the ‘edge of the edge’ at St Kilda. Love of Country was a Radio 4 ‘Book of the Week’.
Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist
First published in 1955, this classic compendium of Hebridean folklore contains material collected by the author between 1929 and 1935, when she was staying in South Lochboisdale. Her evocative photographs document the life of this small community of crofter-fishermen, complementing the lyrics and melodies of more than 100 folk songs and the stories, prayers and proverbs that were passed on through the local oral tradition. Texts are in Gaelic with English translations.
An Island Journey
A writer and activist involved in issues including land reform, globalization and nonviolence, Alastair McIntosh returned to the islands of the Outer Hebrides – Harris and his native Lewis – on a twelve-day, 60-mile journey of pilgrimage in 2009. This book is an account of the rigours of his journey; the people, landscape and ancient relics he encountered; stories from the islands’ history and lore; and thoughts of his own past and present.
The Essential Gaelic–English / English–Gaelic Dictionary
A combined, updated edition of Angus Watson’s well-established reference works for learners of Scottish Gaelic, this dictionary presents a rich cross-section of the language, covering both the traditional song and sayings of the past and the vocabulary of new contexts including administration, politics and information technology. With the learner in mind, the dictionary provides explanatory information on headwords, as many examples of actual usage as space will allow, and tables of the Gaelic article, irregular verbs and prepositional pronouns.
Hallaig and Other Poems
Born in Haillaig, Raasay in 1911, Sorley MacLean was probably the most influential Gaelic poet of the 20th century, whose life and work was steeped in Gaelic culture and history yet engaged with contemporary community and wider politics. This collection contains more than 70 poems, given in the original Gaelic with English translations.
None Dare Oppose
The Laird, The Beast and the People of Lewis
In 1844, James Matheson, having made his fortune selling opium in China, bought the Isle of Lewis, but left the island in the charge of his 'chamberlain', an unscrupulous lawyer named Donald Munro. This book reveals how Munro seized civic, legal and industrial power in the community, which he ruled with monstrous brutality – and how the islanders rose up and brought about his downfall.
A History and Guide
The Upper Clydesdale area of South Lanarkshire is rich in natural beauty, history and legend. Daniel Martin's visitor’s guide presents an overview of the region's history from the Iron Age to modern times. The book includes information on recent archaeological discoveries, flora and fauna, popular culture, the legacy of 19th-century industrialization and numerous places and buildings of special interest, such as the Falls of Clyde, Rannoch Moor and Corra Castle.
Scottish Nursery Rhymes
For this classic collection, first published in 1985, the distinguished poets and folklorists Norah and William Montgomerie gathered over 200 traditional nursery rhymes from all over Scotland. Arranged in sections including Birds and Beasties, Bairns’ Play and Sangs and Ferlies (wonders), there are games, counting rhymes, riddles, songs and lullabies as well as familiar rhymes such as ‘Bobbie Shafto’ and ‘Dance tae yer Daddy’.
Abbotsford to Zion
The Story of Scottish Place Names Around the World
Despite the A–Z of the title, this book takes a thematic approach as it tells the stories behind a selection of Scottish names of far-flung places. Starting with the explorers and pioneers who opened up wilderness lands, from Sir Alexander Mackenzie in Canada to Dundee Island in Antarctica, chapters describe the Scottish traders and migrants to North America, Australia and New Zealand who named places after themselves, their heroes or their homeland.
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.
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.
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 Survey Atlas of Scotland
Centenary Limited Edition
The first national folio atlas to be conceived, designed, printed and published in Scotland, the Survey Atlas was also the first to use colour lithography and the first to feature text and thematic maps contributed by various experts. Marking the centenary of the 1912 edition, this volume reproduces the 68 plates from unbound copies in the National Library Of Scotland and includes an introduction to the production of the Atlas and a biographical sketch of its creator, John George Bartholomew (1860–1920). Limited edition of 800. Slipcased.
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.
The Great Map
The Military Survey of Scotland 1747–55
After the battle of Culloden, an English commander complained of a misleading map and William Roy, then a young officer, was charged with the monumental task of surveying and accurately depicting the terrain of Scotland. He enlisted an artist, Paul Sandby, to draw the detail of land cover and relief, and the resulting map, published 1747–55, became a landmark in cartography. This volume reproduces the 171 folio maps, along with essays on Roy – the pioneer of the Ordnance Survey – and his 'Great Map'. Limited edition of 1,200. Slipcased.
The Baronial and Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Scotland
Originally published in four volumes between 1845 and 1852, this work describes a selection ('as should combine the spirit of the whole') of Scotland's historic architecture, each building illustrated with engravings by the architect Robert William Billings (1813–1874). Known simply as 'Billings', this influential book, with its focus on distinctive Scottish style, is credited with having inspired the 'Scotch Baronial revival'. The introduction is by Ian Gow, Chief Curator of the National Trust for Scotland. Limited edition of 600. Slipcased.
The Atlas of Scotland
In 1832, John Thomson (1777–c.1840) advertised his new county Atlas of Scotland as 'one of the completest systems of Topography published' and it is indeed a landmark, described in the introduction to this facsimile as 'the culmination of the engraved, hand-coloured map-printing tradition in Scotland'. The 58 folio maps and accompanying views, gazetteers, geographical texts and consulting index are presented here with introductory essays placing Thomson's work in the wider context of atlas production. Limited edition of 800. Slipcased.
I Never Knew That About the Scottish
After a brief outline of Scottish history, Winn surveys the country alphabetically from Aberdeenshire to Wigtownshire, tracing the history of the Clans and their most prominent personalities in each county. He also provides short profiles of the region's other 'folk', revealing the extraordinary breadth of talent within Scotland - whether designing Concorde's delta wing (James Arnot Hamilton from Midlothian), or writing crime fiction (Ian Rankin from Fife).
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.
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.
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.
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.