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.
The Bumper Book of Look and Learn
Look and Learn magazine for children ran for 20 years, from 1962 to 1982, enjoying a massive circulation that gradually waned as television became more pervasive. Now, decades later, Stephen Pickles has selected articles, artworks and a story from The Rise and Fall of the Trigan Empire series from the magazine's archive. The book is packed with factual articles and illustrations that come from the pre-computer age, but retain the power to engage even today's most sophisticated children.
The Life and Legacy of a Hebridean Priest
The Catholic priest Father Allan MacDonald (1859-1905) was not only a much-loved champion of his Hebridean parishioners on Eriskay, but also an accomplished Gaelic poet and one of Scotland's greatest collectors of folklore. Hutchinson's beautifully written book recounts the life and work of this remarkable man against the richly evoked backdrop of an island landscape where myth and spirituality entwine.
The Story of an Island
In her prologue to this much-acclaimed study, Dressler writes of Eigg, ‘From the fierce struggles in clan times to the bleak period of famine and emigration, through to the modern-day fight to maintain a viable crofting community, the island has always been a microcosm of Highland history’. Drawing on oral history, legend and song, and written sources, Dressler’s book covers the story of the island from the coming of the Celts to life on Eigg since the 1997 community buy-out.
Black's Guide to Scotland
Picturesque Tourist Guide 1840
Published in 1840 by Adam and Charles Black of Edinburgh, this ‘Picturesque Tourist’ guide promises ‘engraved charts and views of the scenery, plans of Edinburgh and Glasgow, and a copious itinerary’. Arranged as 14 tours, the guide also assures the reader of accurate, plain and intelligible accounts, with much information on tradition, history and associations – a swipe at the purple prose of rival guides. The present book is a facsimile reprint of the first edition. No jacket.
St Kilda and the Wider World
Tales of an Iconic Island
Once home to the most remote community in the British Isles and now a World Heritage Site, St Kilda is often seen as a tragedy; a doomed settlement that, after centuries of struggling to eke out a living on the edge of the Atlantic, finally abandoned the island in the evacuation of 1930. The landscape archaeologist Andrew Fleming questions those St Kilda ‘mythologies’ and ‘de-isolates’ the remote archipelago by setting its history within the wider context of northern Scotland. Off-mint.
The Great Tapestry of Scotland
‘The history of a nation written and made by a thousand people’, the Great Tapestry of Scotland, now in the Scottish Parliament, was the brainchild of author Alexander McCall Smith. The historian Alistair Moffat chose the subjects to tell Scotland’s story in 168 panels, which were drawn by Andrew Crummy, and stitched by a thousand volunteers, supervised by Dora Wilkie. After McCall Smith's foreword and introduction by Moffat, this volume illustrates each panel, with an historical commentary on its facing page.
Learning to Die in London, 1380–1540
In this study of Middle English texts on the 'art of dying', including the Visitation of the Sick, Erasmus' Preparation to Death and Lydgate's Dance of Death, Appleford shows that an educated awareness of death and mortality was a vital aspect of medieval civic culture.
How A Group of Scottish Conspirators Unleashed Half A Century of War In Britain
Fife in the 1630s was a hotbed of rebel priests, fire-breathing politicians and unemployed mercenaries, many connected through family. This innovative history shows how a combustible mixture of Covenanters, Catholics, Gibbites, Malignants and a host of other sects ignited not only Scotland’s wars of religion, but conflict in Ireland, and the English Civil War, resulting in more than 600,000 deaths. The book concludes with a gazetteer of the buildings, ruins, monuments and battlefields of Scottish wars from 1639 to 1689.