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.
The Finest Road in the World
The Story of Travel and Transport in the Scottish Highlands
The ‘finest road’ is a metaphor for the passage forged across the rugged Highlands of Scotland since the 1700s. This history describes the progress of changing modes of travel and transport, by foot, horse, train, boat or by air, alongside the growth of related infrastructures, such as the telegraph. The account is both sequential and thematic, with sections on drovers and smugglers, canals and fisheries, military roads and public highways.
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.
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 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 Atlas of Scotland
Containing Maps of Each County
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.