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.
The Northern Earldoms
Orkney and Caithness from AD 870 to 1470
As a maritime lordship divided, or united, by the Pentland Firth, the medieval earldoms of Orkney and Caithness survived for 600 years. Their relationship with the kings of Scotland and Norway, how they maintained their independence and how they survived the clash of loyalties are themes explored in this study of the period between the early Viking era and the late Middle Ages.
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 Hunt for Rob Roy
The Man and the Myths
Rob Roy has been one of Scotland’s most successful exports, famed for his skill at evading capture and daring exploits; but what of the real Robert MacGregor (1671–1734)? In this acclaimed biography, Stevenson shatters the popular image of a man unjustly oppressed who fights back and wins. The ‘real’ Rob Roy was a fugitive debtor, never went into battle, and lost the only duel he ever fought – but his real struggle for survival was as remarkable as his mythical heroism.
Edinburgh: The Golden Age
The Golden Age
Mary Cosh's ‘biography of Edinburgh’ presents a richly detailed account of the city, from the inception of the New Town in the 1760s to the death of Walter Scott in 1832: ‘the years of Modern Athens in full flower’. The book covers every aspect of the city's social and cultural life; and describes the lives of residents ranging from the elite of the New Town and scholars of the great university, to the poor in the 'narrow wynds' of the Old Town.
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 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.
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.
Scottish Native Farm Animals, Characters and Landscapes
Polly Pullar's tour through Scottish rural life includes portraits of every native breed of Scottish farm animal along with tales and anecdotes from breeders and crofters on subjects as diverse as sheep auctions, bothy making, Highland trekking and bovine embryo transplantation. This unique view of Scotland's agrarian culture, illustrated by Keith Brockie, includes a Highlander's recollection of an eccentric childhood, a farmer describing the tragedy of foot-and-mouth disease, and a look into the history of the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society.
Harpoon at a Venture
In 1945, Gavin Maxwell (1914-1969), best-known as the author of Ring of Bright Water, bought the island of Soay in the Inner Hebrides and set up a basking shark fishery. Harpoon at a Venture tells of his 'long adventure' and describes in detail the business of fishing for sharks. The fishery failed in 1948, but Maxwell's book remains a vivid portrait of the islands and their fishermen.
Farming in Lincolnshire 1850-1945
Farming had been 'the lifeblood of Lincolnshire' for centuries, but the century up to 1945 was to see a transformation of the county's agriculture. Jonathan Brown traces in great detail the fluctuations in prosperity brought about by free trade, war and the return to lower prices in peacetime; industrialization; and agriculture's loss of primacy in the national economy and society. Studies in the History of Lincolnshire. Volume 2. Off-mint.
The Southern Highlands of Scotland
From Beinn Laoigh, Loch Lomond and the Tyndrum Hills in January, and month-by-month through the year to a snow-covered Ben Lomond in December, Graeme Wallace's panoramic photographs capture the stark beauty of the mountains, lochs, woodlands and skies of the southern Highlands. Around 100 photographs, taken over a five-year period, show the area north of the Highland Boundary Line up to a roughly parallel line between Dalmally and Pitlochry.