Walking with Wildness
Experiencing the Watershed of Scotland
This guidebook presents 26 one-day or weekend walks along the 745-mile line that meanders through Scotland’s hills, mountains and glens, dividing Atlantic-bound rivers from those flowing into the North Sea. Each walk has a map and information on distance, difficulty and time required.
A Traveller in Two Worlds
Volume Two: The Tinker and the Student
This second volume picks up Williamson’s story with his second marriage, to the young American folklorist Linda Headlee, whose energy and encouragement brought his Traveller tales to a national and eventually a global audience through festivals, radio and print. Slightly off-mint.
A Traveller in Two Worlds
Volume One: The Early Life of Scotland's Wandering Bard
In conversation with the author David Campbell, Williamson recalls his childhood in the Traveller community, where he heard his first stories; his life as an itinerant labourer; his elopement with his cousin Jeannie; and his grief at her death in 1971. Slightly off-mint.
This City Now
Glasgow and its Working Class Past
The regeneration of central Glasgow has been much celebrated, but little attention is paid to the architectural heritage of the city’s working-class suburbs. Each chapter of this illustrated book focuses on a particular area, such as Anderston, Partick or Springburn, and how its Victorian, Arts and Crafts and early Modernist buildings represent its socialist struggle. Locator maps are provided throughout. Off-mint.
I Ran With the Gang
My Life In and Out of the Bay City Rollers
The bass player in the tartan-clad pop sensation from Edinburgh, Alan Longmuir was the first to tire of the endless touring and screaming teenagers and leave the band. His biography describes how the Rollers got to the top and gives his views on the acrimonious bust-ups and financial wranglings that followed.
Hail Philpstoun's Queen
And Other Tales from the Shale
For well over a century, the story of the West Lothian village Philpstoun was deeply linked to the shale industry. This carefully researched local history recalls life and times in an era of community spirit and village pride, with descriptions and photos of Rows houses, horse-drawn grocers' vans and the yearly summer galas which crowned a village queen.
A Celebration of Scotland's Watershed
Marking the divide between water flowing west to the Atlantic or east to the North Sea, Scotland's watershed is a line that can be traced through the high points of the landscape for the whole length of the country. This book celebrates this spine of wild places, mixing photography with the writings of 19th century naturalist John Muir and commentaries describing the environments encountered, from the border hills to the tip of the Shetlands.
Blind Ossian's Fingal
Fragments and Controversy
The poems of Ossian, Highland bard of the 3rd century, inspired the Romantic movement when they were 'rediscovered' and translated by James Macpherson in 1760. This volume is an introduction both to the poetry and to the continuing controversy about it: was it a hoax, entirely the work of Macpherson's imagination, or does it form part of a great Gaelic oral tradition? The texts of Fragments of Ancient Poetry and Fingal are reprinted here, together with contemporary and modern opinions. No jacket.
Napier's History of Herbal Healing, Ancient and Modern
Herbalism is the oldest – and still the most widely used – form of medicine in the world. This concise history reveals its development through the ages, tracing a unique journey from Neolithic Kurdistan to Victorian Edinburgh, where Duncan Napier founded the firm that still bears the family name. The book also contains his autobiography and casebook, dealing with everything from the creation of Lobelia Syrup to a 48-foot tapeworm.
The English Spy
This first novel by Scottish playwright and storyteller, Donald Smith is set in 18th century Edinburgh, as Union between Scotland and England hung in the balance. Venturing into the ancient city, English propagandist and spy, Daniel Foe engages with a beautiful Jacobite agent and uncovers a nest of vipers.