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 '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.
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.
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.
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 Dumfries Book of Days
From 1 January, and a stern message about alcohol from the Kirk Session in 1649, to 31 December 1822, when Cook’s Grand Exhibition (attractions included the Gigantic Youth) came to Dumfries, this Book of Days provides an intriguing piece of local history for every day of the year.
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 absorbing 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.
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.