An Island Journey
A writer and activist involved in issues including land reform, globalization and nonviolence, 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.
A Guide to the Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ian Hamilton Finlay moved to Stonypath in 1966 and spent the next 40 years designing and nurturing his garden. Regarded by many as one of the most significant gardens in Britain, this guide tells its story and describes many of the 300 sculptures that form part of its design.
The Fall of the Tay Bridge
In a disaster commemorated by one of William McGonagall’s famously bad poems, engineer Thomas Bouch's Tay Bridge collapsed when a train was passing over it during a storm in 1879, killing everyone on board. This revision of David Swinfen's 1994 study of the event analyses the evidence and technical studies to answer the still-contested questions of why the bridge failed and how many people lost their lives.
The Architectural Guide
Glasgow has a wealth of stunning architecture of all styles and periods: church spires, baronial battlements, cool neoclassical facades, elegant Art Deco, tower blocks and tenements. Organized into ten tours – some walkable, others achievable by bicycle, public transport or car – and illustrated in colour throughout, this practical guide covers almost 500 of the city’s most notable structures. The lively, well-researched text explains who built them, when – and why they are significant.
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.
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.
The Course of History
Ten Meals That Changed the World
World-changing decisions have been made over dinner, from the post-Napoleonic Congress of Vienna to Nixon’s historic meeting with Zhou Enlai. This enlightening book not only reveals the importance of dining to diplomacy, it enlists the acclaimed restaurateur Tony Singh to recreate the menus, from the Capon Stuffed with Virginia Ham eaten by Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson as they discussed the new US capital to the Poached Salmon Trout with Caviar consumed by Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt in Tehran.
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.
Mapping the City
As home to one of the world's oldest universities, Oxford has been extensively mapped over four and a half centuries. This handsome, lavishly illustrated volume brings together 59 remarkable maps and views dating from 1568 to 2016. Few were created to help people find their way around its historic townscape: instead, they reveal a fascinating tableau of the city's history, from the Civil War to a planned Soviet assault on the heart of the British motor industry.
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.
Folksongs and Folklore of South Uist
First published in 1955, this classic compendium of Hebridean folklore contains material collected by the author between 1929 and 1935, when she was staying in South Lochboisdale. Her evocative photographs document the life of this small community of crofter-fishermen, complementing the lyrics and melodies of more than 100 folk songs and the stories, prayers and proverbs that were passed on through the local oral tradition. Texts are in Gaelic with English translations.
Britain: A Genetic Journey
Population genetics and the study of ancestral DNA are beginning to reveal the historical information hidden inside our own bodies. Moffat has produced a revolutionary new history of Britain, eschewing the deeds of monarchs and politicians in favour of the remarkable stories that genetics can tell about the origins of our lineages and the travels of our forebears around the world. (Previously sold in Postscript as a hardback edition titled The British: A Genetic Journey.)
A Sketching Tour of Scotland Retracing the Footsteps of Victorian Artist John T Reid
In 1989, the Scottish artist and author Mairi Hedderwick came across John T Reid’s Art Rambles in the Highlands and Islands, which records his sketching tours of 1876. In 1990, she set off to retrace Reid’s journey and record the same scenes that he sketched 114 years earlier. The eight rambles around Scotland are described in Hedderwick’s intensely personal and very entertaining commentary, but also in excerpts from Reid’s writings, and his engravings sit alongside her watercolours. New edition.
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.
Scottish Nursery Rhymes
For this classic collection, first published in 1985, the distinguished poets and folklorists Norah and William Montgomerie gathered over 200 traditional nursery rhymes from all over Scotland. Arranged in sections including Birds and Beasties, Bairns’ Play and Sangs and Ferlies (wonders), there are games, counting rhymes, riddles, songs and lullabies as well as familiar rhymes such as ‘Bobbie Shafto’ and ‘Dance tae yer Daddy’.
Robert the Bruce
King of Scots
The acclaimed Scottish novelist James Robertson and illustrator Jill Calder tell the story of Robert the Bruce (1274–1329), from the death of King Alexander III, through the years of violent struggle against the English and consolidation of power in Scotland, to victory at Bannockburn in 1314. Age 8+
Precious and the Zebra Necklace
When Precious Ramotswe discovers that her new friend Nancy has only a photograph and a necklace of carved zebras to remind her of her missing parents, the girls set off to find them. It is another case for Precious, the girl from the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and an exciting adventure in the wilds of Botswana. Age 7+
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, but left the island in the charge of his 'chamberlain', an unscrupulous lawyer named Donald Munro. This book reveals how Munro seized civic, legal and industrial power in the community, which he ruled with monstrous brutality – and how the islanders rose up and brought about his downfall.
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.
A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase and Fable
From da Aald Rock (Shetlanders’ name for their native islands) and all things Aberdonian, to Zeenty-teenty (an old children’s rhyme that involves slicing and frying mice), Ian Crofton presents a miscellany of colourful and interesting words, phrases, names and stories that together offer a kaleidoscopic view of Scottish legends, customs and culture past and present. Above all, the Dictionary is wonderfully diverting, with cross-references, and hundreds of quotations from prose, poetry and song.
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.
ABC, My Grannie Caught a Flea
Scots Children's Songs and Rhymes
This collection, put together by one of Scotland’s best-known storytellers, celebrates the rich tradition of Scottish playground songs and rhymes; some hundreds of years old, others adapted or created by more recent generations of children. From ‘baloos’, or lullabies, with accompanying actions, to singing and counting games and clapping songs, these verses chart an alternative history north of the border.
Abbotsford to Zion
The Story of Scottish Place Names Around the World
Despite the A–Z of the title, this book takes a thematic approach as it tells the stories behind a selection of Scottish names of far-flung places. Starting with the explorers and pioneers who opened up wilderness lands, from Sir Alexander Mackenzie in Canada to Dundee Island in Antarctica, chapters describe the Scottish traders and migrants to North America, Australia and New Zealand who named places after themselves, their heroes or their homeland.
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.
Rome's Greatest Frontier
Extending for 73 miles and built of more than 24 million stones, Hadrian’s Wall is the largest and most spectacular ancient monument in Britain. This history of the Wall presents insights drawn from ancient texts and extensive archaeological researches to explain how and why it was built, how it affected the native peoples who lived in its shadow and what life was like for the soldiers stationed in its forts.
Lost Moray and Nairn
Local historian and genealogist Bruce Bishop traces what has been ‘lost’ from the old counties of Moray and Nairn, both architecturally and socially. With the help of archive photographs and prints, he goes in search of ‘what has vanished and what still remains in this proud province’, discussing the prehistoric landscape, the role of the church and landowners, agriculture and industry, the royal burghs of Nairn, Forres and Elgin and the coastal villages of the Moray Firth.
The second volume of Morgan's acclaimed trilogy examines the industrial, architectural and environmental heritage of Aberdeen's outlying quarters, from the 'wretched and rather remote' suburb of Gilcomston in the north to Ferryhill in the south. Generously illustrated with period photographs, maps and prints, it reveals a lost mosaic of hamlets and farms that were gradually subsumed by the city and provides an engaging guide to the curious relics that survive.
The Land Where I Belong
Fifty Years in Focus in the Highlands and Islands
Over half a century Duncan Macpherson (1882–1966) created a vast photographic record of Highland life. Born in Aberdeenshire, he graduated from Edinburgh University as a pharmacist and established his own pharmacy near the ferry terminal at Kyle of Lochalsh in 1911. This book reproduces about 100 of MacPherson's photographs together with quotations from his three books – Gateway to Skye (1946), Lure of the West (1950) and Where I Belong (1964) – along with Mary Carmichael's account of his life and work.
Bath's elegant crescents exude gentility, but in its Georgian heyday the town was a magnet for card-sharps, duellists, fortune-hunters and quacks. This entertaining guide scours the streets of Britain's most celebrated spa for mementos of its most colourful characters and their exploits, from Lady Cobbe's ghost to the inventor of Plasticine.
Jam with Lamb
Seasonal West Country Cooking
Richard Guest, Head Chef at Taunton's Michelin-starred Castle Hotel Restaurant, offers an impressive range of recipes based on the best of locally farmed produce and ingredients which can be found wild throughout the West Country. Divided by season - Easter Sunday Stew for Spring, June Salad for Summer, Quince Jelly for Autumn, and an array of Christmas dishes for Winter - the recipes are interspersed with shopping tips, preparation advice, and the culinary secrets of one of Britain's top chefs.
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 Way It Was
A History of Gigha
To the west of the Kintyre Peninsula, Gigha has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times and is notable for the recent community buyout of the island from private ownership. Exploring the heritage of Celts, Vikings and the McNeill clan, this book draws on local traditions as well as historical research. (Previously in Postscript as God's Islanders: A History of the People of Gigha, 2006.)
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.
A Journey in Search of Empire
William Paterson's dream to establish, along with a trading company in Scotland, a Scottish colony on the isthmus of Panama was enthusiastically embraced by the Scots. Caledonia was founded on the Caribbean coast, but the settlers fell foul of disease, poor leadership and their Spanish rivals: the Darien scheme was a disaster. McKendrick gives a detailed account of the whole venture, from the earlier travellers' tales that fired Paterson's imagination, to the Darien legacy in South Carolina, Georgia and Panama.
Daniell's Scotland: A Voyage Round the Coast of Scotland
and the Adjacent Isles (Two volumes)
Travelling from the Solway Firth, up the west coast and north to the Orkneys, then south to Eyemouth, William Daniell (1769–1837) recorded the life and landscapes of Scottish shores between 1815 and 1822. Comprising the travel journal in Volume I and 158 prints in Volume II, this edition of the Voyage is a facsimile of the National Library of Scotland's copy, with an introduction by Elizabeth Bray and a transcription of Sir Walter Scott's 'Memoranda for Daniell' – his notes on sights to see. Limited edition of 600. Slipcased.
The Survey Atlas of Scotland
Centenary Limited Edition
The first national folio atlas to be conceived, designed, printed and published in Scotland, the Survey Atlas was also the first to use colour lithography and the first to feature text and thematic maps contributed by various experts. Marking the centenary of the 1912 edition, this volume reproduces the 68 plates from unbound copies in the National Library Of Scotland and includes an introduction to the production of the Atlas and a biographical sketch of its creator, John George Bartholomew (1860–1920). Limited edition of 800. Slipcased.
Walking the Border
A Journey between Scotland and England
In 2013 Ian Crofton walked the Scots-English border from Gretna Green to Berwick-upon-Tweed. His journey, recounted in this richly evocative book, took him along river valleys, over bleak moorland and through dense conifer plantations, sometimes camping, sometimes staying in inns or B&Bs. In the best tradition of travel writing, he describes the landscape and the – farmers, shepherds, bar staff, anglers – he meets along the way, explores the region's history, literature and legend, and reflects on the nature of borders.