On 25 August 1833, the chartered transport Amphitrite set sail from London, its 16 crew, 100 female prisoners and their children bound for an Australian convict colony. Days later, and before a crowd of helpless onlookers, the ship would break up off Boulogne, drowning all but three on board. This erudite account of the tragedy also examines the Admiralty’s investigation of the captain who, inexplicably, refused help offered from the shore.
Glendale and the Revolution in Skye
In the 1830s and 1840s, the district of Glendale on Skye was swamped with immigrants cleared from other estates in north Skye. The overcrowding and overuse of land caused simmering discontent, not against the newcomers, but against the landowners. This book gives a full account of what happened when violence erupted and full-scale land war ensued. At its heart is the story of rebel leader John MacPherson, 'the Glendale Martyr', and his final success.
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.
A Tale of Three Cities
The Life and Times of Lord Daer, 1763–1794
Basil William Douglas, Lord Daer (1763–1794), left an indelible impression on everyone he met, including the poet Robert Burns and the radical Thomas Paine. This first-ever biography charts the life of this far-sighted progressive politician, his immersion in Scottish Enlightenment ideas, and his experiences in Edinburgh, London and Paris against the turbulent backdrop of revolution and war. And, as the Scots and English reappraise their union, it shows the continuing relevance of Daer's political vision.
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.
War, Revolution and Society in the Rio de la Plata, 1808-1810: Thomas
Kinder's Narrative of a Journey to Madeira,Montevideo & Buenos Aires
Thomas Kinder was an English banker whose voyage to the Rio de la Plata followed the ill-fated British attempts to capture Buenos Aires in 1806-7. Kinder gathered information about the British campaigns, became familiar with the leading figures of the revolutionary era and provided a first-hand account of social conditions and the beginnings of revolution in Montevideo and Buenos Aires during his stay in those cities. His 'Diary' is edited, with an introduction by Professor Newitt.
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.
The Price of Scotland
Darien, Union and the Wealth of Nations
The catastrophic failure of the Company of Scotland to establish a colony at Darien in Central America in the 1690s led to significant loss of life and money and was a key issue in the negotiations that led to the Union of 1707. In this study of the Company of Scotland – now better known as the Darien Company – Douglas Watt offers a new perspective on the events that led to the creation of the United Kingdom.
England's Lost Colony
In the 1650s, a group of Cavaliers fled Cromwell’s England for the lush coast of Surinam. Here, they established a colony named after its founder, Sir Thomas Willoughby. This absorbing book explores the untold story of the colony’s rise and fall. The rich cast of characters includes Willoughby himself, the playwright Aphra Behn, the indigenous people and their rulers, and the planters and mercenaries who would turn this utopia into a hell of terror and slavery.
A Maritime History of Scotland, 1650-1790
Colourful characters and dramatic events abound in the history of Scottish seafaring during the period 1650 to 1790, whether the raids of John Paul Jones, the press gangs of the Royal Navy, English wars or trade wars. In this illustrated study Graham traces the development of the Scottish marine and argues that state intervention and warfare at sea in the pursuit of mercantilist goals largely determined Scottish maritime fortunes.
The First Three Centuries
The city founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and variously known as Sankt Peterburg, Petrograd and Leningrad has been home to some of Russia's greatest cultural figures, including Pushkin, Tchaikovsky and Nijinsky. Well known too for its physical appearance, with baroque palaces, bridges and promenades, the city nonetheless suffered depredations in the 1905 Revolution and the Nazi siege. Arthur George, who lived in St Petersburg for several years, charts the high and low points of this most European of Russian cities. Off-mint.
Handful of Rogues
Thomas Muir's Enemies of the People
With the French Revolution raging across the Channel, the authorities in Britain were in no mood to hear talk of democratic reform, and so it was that Thomas Muir, a lawyer from Huntershill who publicly proclaimed his 'dangerously radical' views, was tried for sedition, and transported for 14 years. For many, Muir is a revered founding father of Scottish radicalism, while others have dismissed him as flawed and misguided. Hector Macmillan's new biography reassesses Muir's life in the context of his ideas and his turbulent times.
A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness
Daniel Defoe's famous castaway has been etched into the popular imagination for three centuries – but what of his island? This book identifies the real place – Juan Fernández Island in the South Pacific – and charts its colourful and often violent history. Drawing on voyage journals, maps and illustrations, Andrew Lambert brings to life the voices of visiting sailors, scientists, writers and artists from the early encounters of the 1500s to the naval battles of the First World War.
British India & British Scotland, 1780–1830
Career Building, Empire Building, & a Scottish School of Thought on Indian Governance
Martha McLaren explores the interwoven careers of three Scotsmen, Thomas Munro, John Malcolm and Mountstuart Elphinstone, who grew up during the Enlightenment and worked in India between 1780 and 1830, crucial years for British imperialism.