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 Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott; towns such as Hawick, Galashiels and Jedburgh; and portraits of the area's isolated and romantic castles.
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.
Portrait of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
The landscape covered by the 720 square miles of Scotland’s first national park includes the open spaces south of the loch, Argyll Forest to the west and the glens and rocky peaks of The Trossachs and Breadalbane to the north. Celebrating the region with colour photographs, this volume presents 140 images of the mountains and lochs within the park.
A Traveller in Two Worlds
Volume One: The Early Life of Scotland's Wandering Bard
In conversation with the author David Campbell, Williamson recalls his childhood in the Traveller community, where he heard his first stories; his life as an itinerant labourer; his elopement with his cousin Jeannie; and his grief at her death in 1971. Slightly off-mint.
A Traveller in Two Worlds
Volume Two: The Tinker and the Student
This second volume picks up Williamson’s story with his second marriage, to the young American folklorist Linda Headlee, whose energy and encouragement brought his Traveller tales to a national and eventually a global audience through festivals, radio and print. Slightly off-mint.
Hail Philpstoun's Queen
And Other Tales from the Shale
For well over a century, the story of the West Lothian village Philpstoun was deeply linked to the shale industry. This carefully researched local history recalls life and times in an era of community spirit and village pride, with descriptions and photos of Rows houses, horse-drawn grocers' vans and the yearly summer galas which crowned a village queen.
A Frontier Region
The ‘frontier’ between Scotland and the English invaders of medieval times, the principal battlefield of the Wars of Independence, and a region rife with ferocious family feuds, Dumfriesshire had a long and often violent history until the Act of Union in 1707, which brought not only peace, but land improvement, agricultural development and industrialization. Andrew McCulloch, a native of south-west Scotland, presents a comprehensive history of the region, from the Stone Age to devolution and the 2016 Independence referendum.
The Italian Chapel Orkney
Donald S Murray tells the stories of the Nissen hut that was transformed into a chapel, with relief carvings, intricate ironwork, murals and a magnificent altarpiece, and of the Italian prisoners of war on Orkney who created it during the Second World War. Slightly off-mint.
This City Now
Glasgow and its Working Class Past
The regeneration of central Glasgow has been much celebrated, but little attention is paid to the architectural heritage of the city’s working-class suburbs. Each chapter of this illustrated book focuses on a particular area, such as Anderston, Partick or Springburn, and how its Victorian, Arts and Crafts and early Modernist buildings represent its socialist struggle. Locator maps are provided throughout. Off-mint.
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.
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.
Scotland's Hidden Harlots & Heroines
Women's Role in Scottish Society from 1690–1969
Women have played a crucial role in the history of Scotland, yet their contribution has often been overlooked. This study reveals the harsh realities of life for witches, prostitutes, factory hands and bodysnatchers in a misogynist Presbyterian society where women had no personal possessions, no vote and few career options. The final section of the book charts the struggle for women’s rights in the 20th century, and celebrates its heroines.
From the origins of the city’s name, examined here by John and Julia Keay, the editors of the Encyclopedia of Scotland, to an article on the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack in 2007, and the journalist Kevin McKenna’s thoughts on life expectancy in Glasgow, Alan Taylor’s anthology brings together writings by born and bred Glaswegians and Glasgophile visitors ranging from Daniel Defoe to Bill Bryson, to tell the life story of the city in all its grime and glory.
A Celebration of Scotland's Watershed
Marking the divide between water flowing west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea, Scotland's watershed is a line that can be traced through the high points of the landscape for the whole length of the country. This book celebrates this spine of wild places, mixing photography with the writings of 19th century naturalist John Muir and commentaries describing the environments encountered, from the border hills to the tip of the Shetlands. Slightly off-mint.
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.
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.
Burns and the Scottish People
Nineteenth-century Scotland had other heroes besides Robert Burns (1759–96), notably William Wallace and Sir Walter Scott, but the ‘ploughman poet’ was first among equals, a figure who inspired pilgrimage, relic-collectors, ‘Burns suppers’, commemorative editions, monuments and statues. In investigating what Burns meant to ordinary Scots and how he was read and understood, Whatley treats the afterlife of the poet, not only as a literary phenomenon, but as a moving force within the mainstream of Scottish history.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, Farming and the Land, Vol 2
Containing 43 essays in ten thematic sections, this volume from a major ethnological study of Scotland examines Scottish agriculture from medieval settlements to the present and related subjects including environment, buildings and rural industries.
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.
Crime in 19th Century Scotland
Malcolm Archibald investigates some of the lesser-known murders, robberies and misdemeanours committed in 19th-century Scotland, contrasting the romantic ‘glens and bens’ notion of the country with the reality of its criminal underworld. As well as dealing with themes in crime, such as poisonings, rural murder and ‘wild women’, the book has chapters devoted to celebrated cases including the Dundee Museum Robbery and the Siege of John Street.
Tir a' Mhurain
The Outer Hebrides of Scotland
In 1954, when the world was living under the shadow of nuclear war, the acclaimed modernist photographer Paul Strand spent three months among the people of the Outer Hebridean island of South Uist, a community whose traditional way of life was under threat from a plan to build an American missile base. This collection of black-and-white portraits of Scottish people, landscapes and architectural details documents his stay.
The Gathering Stream
The Story of the Moray Firth
Scotland's largest firth or inlet, the Moray Firth defines an area of coastline stretching from John o'Groats on the northern tip of the mainland to Fraserburgh in Aberdeenshire. With the natural advantages of fertile soil, availability of grain, timber and cattle, and an abundance of fish, the area has been contested by five cultures: Pictish, Gaelic, Norse, Anglo-Saxon and Norman-Flemish. James Miller's illustrated study explores the region's history over a period of 2000 years.
Scotland for Gardeners
The Ultimate Guide to Scottish Gardens, Nurseries and Garden Centres
Arranged by geographical area and illustrated with colour photographs, this comprehensive guide to Scottish gardens includes a detailed description of each location, recommendations on the best time of year to visit and what to look out for, an introduction to the history of gardening in Scotland and information about specialist nurseries, garden centres, wildflower walks and public parks.
Not a Plack the Richer
Argyll's Mining Story
After explaining the geology of the Argyll region and why mining minerals there proved so frustrating for the landowners and prospectors who complained that they never made a plack (a four-penny piece) from the mines, Marian Pallister’s history of Argyll mining for coal, lead, copper, zinc, silver, nickel and gold, silica and strontium, looks at the working conditions and the lives of the miners and their families, the decline of the mines and their legacy to the region.
The Summer Walkers
Travelling People and Pearl-Fishers in the Highlands of Scotland
Known to the Highlands crofters as ‘the Summer Walkers’, the travelling tinsmiths, hawkers, horse-dealers and pearl-fishers are indigenous, Gaelic-speaking Scots who go from village to village, buying, selling and entertaining. First published in 1996, this book documents a way of life vanishing even then: the work, songs and stories of the Travelling People – mainly of Sutherland and Ross-shire – are described in their own words and with their photographs. Finally, there are notes on Traveller origins, ‘cover tongue’, routes and campsites.
The Great Garden
Castles at Achinduin and Coeffin, an Iron Age broch at Tirfuir, two Bronze Age cairns, the remains of the medieval cathedral of Argyll, and evidence of lime-burning industry at Sailean: the relatively fertile island of Lismore (Lios Mòr, ‘the great garden’) at the mouth of the Great Glen has attracted settlement since the Neolithic era. From prehistory to the present, Robert Hay traces the fortunes of the island and the conflicts over its possession, from Vikings to Campbells.
An Island and Its People
On the southern end of the Outer Hebrides, Mingulay was abandoned by its inhabitants in 1912 and is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Ben Buxton, who investigated its archaeological sites in the 1990s, tells the story of the island and its three neighbours, Berneray, Pabbay and Sandray, since the earliest human occupation; and he describes the lives, work, lore and religion of its isolated population and the hardships that forced them to leave. Slightly Off-mint.
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.
And the Plan for Edinburgh's Third New Town
Rising just beyond the centre of Edinburgh, the once rural Calton Hill was developed in the late 18th century to extend the city towards the port of Leith. The site’s contrasting architectural styles are often perceived as a commentary on the friction between Scottish and British nationalism, reflecting the nuances that define Scotland’s sense of identity within Britain. In this well-illustrated study, the author investigates Calton Hill’s creation, its history, and its symbolism for Scotland today.
The Corruption of Power
The most significant Scottish politician of the late Stewart age and a man of great learning and ability, John Maitland (1616–1682), ‘King Lauderdale’, served on the Westminster Assembly and the Committee of Both Kingdoms and became Secretary of State for Scotland and a member of Charles II's 'Cabal'. Paterson’s study is both a balanced portrayal of Maitland and a lucid analysis of late 17th-century political life. Off-mint.
An Island Journey
A writer and activist involved in issues including land reform, globalization and non-violence, 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.
On Foot Through Clydesdale
Despite its long industrial history, Clydesdale has areas of great natural beauty, including the spectacular Falls of Clyde. Lees introduces the region's culture, folklore and history as he rambles through a landscape ‘where every square inch is rich in romance’. First published in 1932.
The Atlas of Scotland
Containing Maps of Each County
John Thomson advertised his new county Atlas (1832) as 'one of the completest systems of Topography published'. The 58 folio maps, accompanied by views, gazetteers, geographical text and index are reproduced in this splendid edition, with essays on Thomson's work and on atlas production. Limited edition of 800. Slipcased
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.
John Sadler describes the decisive military engagements within Scottish borders that have been most significant in their scale or consequences, from Mons Graupius (84 CE), which marked the Romans’ most northward advance, to the Jacobite defeat at Culloden in 1746. He discusses the battles’ historical contexts and the development of equipment and fighting styles, as well as using detailed battle plans for tactical analyses. New edition.
A History of Scotland's Landscapes
Few places in the British Isles are unmarked by human activity; even the wide open spaces of Scotland have been shaped by the labours of medieval peasants and by heavy industry. Illustrated with maps, drawings and aerial photographs, this book shows us how to read the landscape and detect the traces of settlement, farming, mineral extraction and leisure, revealing the ways in which, over the millennia, our forebears have wrought a living from the land and its resources.
A History from 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.
Experience, Explore, Enjoy
The Scottish Borders – the area south of Edinburgh and west of Berwick-upon-Tweed – is described by the authors as ‘unsurpassed walking country’. This illustrated guide introduces the towns, countryside, wildlife and the people and places of special interest in ‘Britain’s best kept secret’. A Foxglove Visitor Guide.
The Lure of the Highlands and Islands
The Highlands and Islands of Scotland are a magnet for tourists from all over the world, but just a few centuries ago they were seen as a wild, dangerous place peopled by fierce and warlike inhabitants. Illustrated with historic prints, posters and photographs, this book investigates the ways in which Walter Scott and Queen Victoria popularized the Highlands, and how the railways made them accessible even to tourists of modest means.
Ancestors in the Arctic
A Photographic History of Dundee Whaling
Drawn from the collections of Dundee Art Galleries and Museums, this volume of early photographs shows the sailing ships and the highly skilled crews of the Dundee whaling industry, often set against the dramatic ice seas and landscapes of the Arctic. Offering insights into an almost forgotten aspect of Dundee’s history, the book demonstrates the importance of whaling for the city between the mid 18th century and the First World War.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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+
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.
A Capital View
The Art of Edinburgh: One Hundred Artworks from the City Collection
Since the mid-18th century, Edinburgh's City Council has amassed over 4,500 artworks in a variety of media – including drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, photography and tapestry – and the collection, which focuses on Scottish art, continues to grow. In this handsome volume, Popiel presents reproductions and detailed commentaries on a selection of 100 works which depict Edinburgh and its inhabitants, from a 'prospect' of the city by John Abraham Slezer (c.1650–1717) to David Annand's statue of Robert Fergusson (2004).
Two streams in South Lanarkshire vie for the title of the source of the Clyde, which then flows through moor and farmland, down the Falls of Clyde – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – to Glasgow and the Firth of Clyde. Through a selection of photographs, commentary and guided walks, this book explores the history, culture and geography of the river from source to sea.
Dr Lachlan Grant of Ballachulish
General practitioner, researcher and activist Lachlan Grant influenced debate about social reform in rural Scotland in the early 20th century. The two parts of this book comprise a collection of essays examining a broad range of his interests, from the provision of healthcare in the Highlands and Islands to land reform and economic development, and a selection of his journalism, speeches and correspondence, including his evidence to the Dewar Committee in 1912.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology | Religion, Vol 12
This volume surveys Scotland's complex religious landscape from an ethnological perspective, discussing aspects of the history and the role of religion, from the arrival of Christianity to the religious diversity of today.
Celtic changed from vertical green stripes to the famous hoops in the early years of the 20th century, and the distinctive jersey has since been worn by many of the greatest names in Scottish football. This book collects the official team photos from the first season of 1888 to the 2006-7 season as well as player portraits of legends such as Jock Stein and Bobby Murdoch. Changing Faces series.
The Appin Murder
In Their Own Words
The Highlands in the years immediately following Culloden were an explosive mixture of clan rivalry and Jacobite-Hanoverian enmity. Nevertheless, the murder in 1752 of Colin Campbell and subsequent hanging of James Stewart became a cause celebre, primarily because the wrong man had gone to the gallows. Using contemporary letters and witness statements, this book re-examines the facts and invites readers to draw their own conclusions about a 255 year-old murder mystery.
Napier's History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern
Herbalism is the oldest – and still the most widely used – form of medicine in the world. This concise history reveals its development through the ages, tracing a unique journey from Neolithic Kurdistan to Victorian Edinburgh, where Duncan Napier founded the firm that still bears the family name. The book also contains his autobiography and casebook, dealing with everything from the creation of Lobelia Syrup to a 48-foot tapeworm.
The Killing Fields of Scotland
AD83 to 1746
Beginning with the Roman occupation, Roy Pugh examines the battles that took place on Scottish soil between Mons Graupius in 83 CE and Culloden in 1746. As well as describing the engagements, with maps of the major battlefields, Pugh provides the political and cultural background to each period of conflict, among them the three phases of the Wars of Independence from 1296 to 1560; the Rough Wooing and Mary, Queen of Scots; the 'Killing Time' (1666–1688); and the Jacobite Rebellions.
These stories of the unexplained from all parts of Scotland draw on personal interviews with the haunted as well as the author's own experience. The mysterious phenomena described include witchcraft, time slips, exorcisms, reincarnation and ghostly encounters such as the confrontation with a shadowy beast known as The Dark Lord.
Scottish Life and Society
A Compendium of Scottish Ethnology, The Individual and Community Life, Vol 9
After examining the ways in which life events - birth, death, childhood and maturity - affect individuals of differing cultural backgrounds, this volume looks at various types of community, and immigration.
The Railway in Scotland
Beginning in the 18th century with horse-drawn carts on wooden rails, this comprehensive, well-illustrated history of Scottish railways goes on to examine the first steam locomotives, the growth of the rail network and the Edwardian 'Golden Age of Steam'. It also gives detailed accounts of locomotive development, post-war nationalization and privatization in the 1990s, and includes a chapter on the museums entrusted with preserving Scotland's railway heritage.
Glory and Honour
The Renaissance in Scotland
Often obscured by the powerful forces of the Reformation in Scotland, the Scottish version of Renaissance culture was a hybrid, arriving from Italy via intermediaries and blending with the medieval International Gothic culture. The first book to provide a fully illustrated survey of the unique and little-known heritage of the Renaissance in Scotland, Thomas's study examines the buildings, books and artefacts of the period to reveal a vibrant, confident and cosmopolitan culture in the two centuries between 1424 and 1626.
Blind Ossian's Fingal
Fragments and Controversy
The poems of Ossian, Highland bard of the 3rd century, inspired the Romantic movement when they were 'rediscovered' and translated by James Macpherson in 1760. This volume is an introduction both to the poetry and to the continuing controversy about it: was it a hoax, entirely the work of Macpherson's imagination, or does it form part of a great Gaelic oral tradition? The texts of Fragments of Ancient Poetry and Fingal are reprinted here, together with contemporary and modern opinions. No jacket.
The Glasgow Boys
In Your Pocket
The Glasgow Boys, a group of young artists that included James Guthrie, John Lavery, Arthur Melville, George Henry and Edward Atkinson Hornel, revolutionized Scottish painting in the years between 1880 and 1895. William Hardie gives a pocket-sized and authoritative introduction to the artists, their fresh, realist views of the Scottish countryside and Scottish people, and the social background to their art.
The Discovery of the South Shetland Islands
The Voyages of the Brig Williams 1819–1820
Written by a midshipman who sailed with Edward Bransfield on HMS Andromache, this text is the only surviving first-hand account of the voyage which made the first sighting of the Antarctic mainland. It is presented here with a wealth of related materials.
A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable
From da Aald Rock (Shetlanders’ name for their native islands) and all things Aberdonian, to Zeenty-teenty (an old children’s rhyme that involves slicing and frying mice), Ian Crofton presents a miscellany of colourful and interesting words, phrases, names and stories that together offer a kaleidoscopic view of Scottish legends, customs and culture past and present. Above all, the Dictionary is wonderfully diverting, with cross-references, and hundreds of quotations from prose, poetry and song.
Pewter objects were indispensable in Scottish homes and churches for 350 years, though due to the metal’s recyclability, few artefacts from this period survive. Pewter-makers’ records, however, provide details of the material and the culture that surrounded production. This thoroughly researched guide includes a short history of pewter in Scotland, information on how objects were produced, the pewterers, their markings, and a photographic catalogue of pewter plates, tankards and measures.
Wife of Hugh Miller of Cromarty
As the editor of The Witness, embroiled in the religious controversy that led to the Disruption in 1843, Hugh Miller was a prominent figure in Edinburgh. This biography of his wife Lydia portrays her part in the marriage and her role in publishing Miller’s writings after his suicide in 1856.
The Story of P Henderson & Company
The Clydeside shipping company Patrick Henderson & Co was founded in 1834 by Patrick and his three brothers and operated a fleet of ships sailing between Glasgow, New Zealand and Burma, carrying cargo, the Royal Mail and passengers until 1952. This detailed history of ‘Paddy Henderson’, as the line was affectionately known, also includes a fascinating account of its huge Burmese river fleet, the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company. Slightly off-mint. The book is musty due to long storage and bears its 1961 cover price, 25s.
Expeditions to the Hebrides
The naturalist and ornithologist George Clayton Atkinson (1808-1877) set out from Newcastle in 1831 with his brother Dick and the artist William Train to explore the Western Isles and remote St Kilda. The manuscript journals of his travels, richly embellished with watercolours and drawings, offer a vivid portrait of the islands and islanders, and also record their songs and shanties. The journals are edited by David A Quine, with an introduction, notes and a short biography of Atkinson.
Scotland from the Sky
Founded in 1919 by First World War flyers, Aerofilms Ltd began photographing Britain from the sky as a commercial venture, finding the shipyards and factories of the Clyde among its first customers in Scotland in the 1920s. Published to accompany the BBC TV series, this photographic survey draws on Scotland’s National Collection of Aerial Photography and mixes historical and contemporary images to show changes in the urban and industrial environment, view notable landmarks from a new perspective and reveal traces of prehistoric settlement in the landscape.
St Peter's, Cardross
Birth, Death and Renewal
The striking concrete structure of St Peter’s College has stood on a hill above the Scottish village of Cardross since the mid 1960s, but after the closure of the seminary in 1980 the building was abandoned to decay and vandalism. This book traces the evolution of the College’s innovative Modernist design and celebrates its recent rebirth as a cultural space. A section of colour photographs documents both the site’s dilapidation and the 2016 Hinterland event at which it was officially reopened.
A Personal Anthology of Scottish Poems
Alexander McCall Smith’s anthology of Scottish poems is arranged in eight parts, on themes including love and marriage, islands, and war, conflict and loss, with poets spanning the centuries, from William Dunbar in the 15th, to Hugh MacDiarmid and Kathleen Raine in the 20th.
The Fabulous Baker Boys
The Greatest Strikers Scotland Never Had
Although they grew up and learned their football in Scotland, Joe and Gerry Baker represented the countries of their birth, earning caps for England and the United States respectively. This double biography follows their footballing careers at clubs including Hibernian, Arsenal and Torino in the 1950s and 1960s.
Horse-drawn tramways were superseded by cable and electric systems in the early 20th century, and in the big cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow extensive services operated into the 1950s and 1960s. Focusing on these centres and with nearly 200 images, fleet lists, maps and details of route openings and closures, this volume tells the story of Scotland’s trams up to the costly new line that opened in Edinburgh in 2014.
Scotland and the Sea
The Scottish Dimension in Maritime History
Scotland was at the forefront of Britain’s dominance of international trade in the 19th century: the greatest centre of shipbuilding in the world and the possessor, in Glasgow, of one of the principal ports and centres of industry. This history details these contributions to seaborne business and also describes the part that energetic and well-educated Scottish emigrants have played in encouraging maritime commerce by taking their engineering and entrepreneurial skills to all parts of the world.