The Flower and the Green Leaf
Glasgow School of Art in the Time of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Around the time that the Glasgow School of Art was moving into its now-famous new building, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1897, the school was granted independence to devise and implement its own curriculum, marking the beginning of a period of innovation, expansion and growing international reputation. This illustrated history reviews the first generation of students and teachers who occupied the building, examining in detail the influential work and unique educational culture that flourished there.
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.
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.
On the Trail of Queen Victoria in the Highlands
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Scotland on several occasions in the 1840s before purchasing Balmoral as a permanent base from which to enjoy the invigorating scenery. In this book, mountaineering writer Ian Mitchell retraces the Queen's tours of Scotland, including some ambitious climbs and even overnight 'expeditions'; and he suggests 21 walks (with maps and directions) that follow in her footsteps.
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.