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.
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.
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.
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
This volume reproduces the 68 plates of the 1912 Survey Atlas, along with a profile of its creator, John George Bartholomew (1860–1920). The first national folio atlas to be conceived, designed, printed and published in Scotland, it was also the first to use colour lithography and the first to contain text and thematic maps by expert contributors. 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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. This book reveals how Matheson’s ‘chamberlain’, Donald Munro, ruled the community with monstrous brutality and how the islanders brought about his downfall.