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Monday, November 27, 2006

Saint Andrew

Saint Andrew. Saint Andrew for Beginners. For those who want to know more about St Andrew, this book tells his story. It shows Andrew among the Saints, offers a short history of the Celtic church, examines relics and ruins, and covers the Patron Saints of the UK. It includes project suggestions for class and individual participation. Saint Andrew for Beginners.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Scotland Vintage Tractor Ploughing

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Tour Glencoe Scotland



Friday, November 24, 2006

Diesels in the Highlands

Diesels in the Highlands. This book begins by looking at the diesel classes which were, for so long, the mainstay of operations in this part of Scotland, the fondly remembered Class 26s and 27s. The author then portrays the era when the routes were dominated by the Class 37s, and brings the story right up to date with the views of later types, such as the Class 66s and the various types of multiple unites used on service in recent times. This is a graphic portrait of railway operation in this potentially harsh environment during all seasons of the year. Diesels in the Highlands.

Highland Salmon Rivers

Highland Salmon Rivers. It has been said that no amount of money could ever create a salmon river. Perhaps this helps to explain why salmon rivers have always been so desirable and cherished - particularly in those more remote parts of Scotland with few natural assets. The author charts two centuries of development right through to the present day on more than 50 different salmon systems. The fascinating histories of these rivers, including ownership and traditions, have never been explored in book form before; previous books on Scottish salmon rivers have tended to be snapshots, focusing on the situation at the time. This volume is the product of extensive research and includes a great deal of anecdotal material from the archives - all of which contributes to a river's character. Whilst written from the angler's perspective, it has a wider appeal to anyone seriously interested in the social and cultural history of the Highlands and Islands. This important work is the most comprehensive volume ever written on Scotland's northern salmon rivers. The Salmon Rivers of the North Highlands and the Outer Hebrides.

Castles of Scotland

Castles of Scotland. The main function of the castle was defensive, to protect the laird and his family from their enemies, in as comfortable surroundings as possible; but the castle also served as the centre of administration of the laird's lands, where tenure, economy and trade were controlled. The Castles of Scotland is the most complete and comprehensive guide available to the nation's wealth of castles. This new edition is the culmination of 10 years' research, and covers more than 2700 castles as well as mansions and historic houses, all alphabetically organised, with detailed maps, visiting information, illustrations, and anecdotes of hauntings and family histories. This is the bible of Scottish castles, an absolute must for all castle enthusiasts and anyone interested in Scottish history. The Castles of Scotland.

The Scots and the Union

The Scots and the Union. This is a timely and groundbreaking new assessment of the Treaty of Union of 1707. As we approach the 300th Anniversary of the 1707 Treaty of Union between Scotland and England on 1st May, this book offers a radical new analysis of the Union. It traces the background to the Union, explains why it happened, and assesses its impact on Scottish society, including the bitter struggle with the Jacobites for acceptance of the Union. Christopher Whatley rejects the idea that the Scots were 'bought and sold for English gold'. He looks more sympathetically at the Scottish politicians of the day and tries to uncover the ideas and principles that motivated them. He argues controversially that the Scots were not totally anti-Union and that they were not bribed and bullied into Union with England. Drawing on previously unused sources, the book argues that the Unionists were as patriotic as many of their opponents. The complex and shifting opinions of the Scottish people outside Parliament are also examined, as well as the effect this had on proceedings within. The Scots and the Union.

Scottish Golf Links

Scottish Golf Links. Along the rugged eastern coast, from St. Andrews up to Montrose and Cruden Bay and Royal Aberdeen, from heather, whin and sand, to points north, to Nairn and Dornoch. Then to the west coast, to Prestwick and Troon. It's not only the courses themselves that Lowe illuminates along the way, but the winding roads, the ancient villages, the farms and whiskey distilleries, and the people who call this land their home as well. Scottish Golf Links: A Photographer's Journey.

The Scottish Nation

The Scottish Nation examines the social, political, religious and economic factors that have shaped modern Scotland. Drawing on the latest research, Devine places Scotland firmly within an international context and provides a key focus for the ongoing debate regarding Scotland's future. This new edition brings the reader up-to-date with Scotland's recent history, from the high politics of the devolved parliament to the everyday effects of huge and growing levels of social inequality. The Scottish Nation: 1700-2007.

Scottish Sea Kayaking

Scottish Sea Kayaking. Scotland's first guidebook for sea kayakers wishing to explore its amazing coastline and magical islands. It brings together a selection of fifty great sea voyages around the mainland of Scotland, from the Mull of Galloway in the SW to St Abb's Head on the east coast, as well as voyages in the Western Isles, ranging from day trips to three day journeys. Illustrated with superb colour photographs and useful maps throughout, it is a practical guide to help you select and plan trips. It will provide inspiration for future voyages and a souvenir of journeys undertaken. As well as providing essential information on where to start and finish, distances, times and tidal information, the book does much to stimulate and inform our interest in the environment we are passing through. It is full of facts and anecdotes about local history, geology, scenery, seabirds and sea mammals. A fascinating read and an inspirational book. Scottish Sea Kayaking: Fifty Great Sea Kayak Voyages.

Battle for the North

Battle for the North. The first Tay Bridge collapsed into the sea in 1879 only 18 months after it had opened, drowning 72 people travelling by train to Dundee. Shock reverberated through Britain, and the public demanded answers. The bridge had been hailed as a triumph of construction, and its fall shook society's confidence in the excellence of Victorian engineering. This epic tale of engineering follows the rise and fall of the career of engineer Thomas Bouch, ostracised from the engineering community when his bridge crashed into the Tay estuary. Over four decades, a fierce and dirty railway war drove forward the construction of the two largest railway bridges in the world, symbols of a modernising Scotland. Charles McKean offers new conclusions about why the first Tay Bridge collapsed and tells how the Forth and Tay bridges eventually became reality. He follows the railway battle for Scotland from 1845 - 95 and the people it involved: from the Victorian entrepreneurs, poets, journalists, lawyers, town councils; to the engineers, briggers, excavators and rivet boys; to the pioneering and inventive contractor William Arrol - who constructed the bridges that stand today. Meticulously researched and vividly told, Battle for the North explores the complicated reality underlying the Victorian pursuit of progress. Battle for the North: The Tay and Forth Bridges and the 19th Century Railway Wars.

The Flying Scot

The Flying Scot. Bob McIntyre, The Flying Scot tells the story of the man who never actually won a world championship - but certainly deserved to. In many ways he was the two-wheel equivalent of car racing driver Stirling Moss, who is seen as one of the greats in his sport, although he never won an official world title. Well over four decades since his untimely death, following an accident that occurred while racing his 500cc Manx Norton at Oulton Park, Cheshire in August 1962, Bob McIntyre's memory lives on. An annual Bob McIntyre Memorial race meeting held at East Fortune attracts racing enthusiasts from as far afield as Australia. Not only was 'Bob Mac' a brilliantly gifted rider and self-taught mechanic, he was also a man of the people, someone who would always help a fellow competitor or take the time to sign an autograph or chat to a fan. He was also honest, loyal and modest; his word was his bond. Unlike the three riders already covered in this series, John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini, Bob Mac was very much a self-made man; someone who started from the very bottom and reached the very top in his chosen profession. He was the first man to lap the Isle of Man TT circuit, the most fearsome in the world, at over 100 mph; and this was just one of his great achievements. This in-depth account of his career focuses on the bikes and the races, but also provides an insight in Bob's life away from the track. Lavishly illustrated with many previously unpublished photographs, it is a must-read for any motorcycling fan. Bob Mcintyre: The Flying Scot.

The Flowers of the Forest

The Flowers of the Forest. Today we are as far away from the First World War as the Edwardians were from the Battle of Waterloo, but it casts a shadow over Scottish life that was never produced by the wars against Napoleon. The country and its people were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. Once the workshop of the empire and an important source of manpower for the colonies, after the war, Scotland became something of an industrial and financial backwater. Emigration increased as morale slumped in the face of economic stagnation and decline. The country had paid a disproportionately high price in casualties, a result of the larger numbers of volunteers and the use of Scottish battalions as shock troops in the fighting on the Western Front and Gallipoli - young men whom the novelist Ian Hay called 'the vanished generation who left behind them something which neither time can efface nor posterity belittle.' There was a sudden crisis of national self-confidence, leading one commentator to suggest in 1927 that 'the Scots are a dying race.' Royle examines related themes such as the overwhelming response to the call for volunteers and the subsequent high rate of fatalities, the performance of Scottish military formations in 1915 and 1916, the militarisation of the Scottish homeland, the resistance to war in Glasgow and the west of Scotland, the boom in the heavy industries and the strengthening of women's role in society following on from wartime employment. The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the Great War.

Second Sight

Second Sight. The supernatural has always played a prominent part of the life and culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, with ghosts, seers and second-sight featuring in countless stories and in the collective memory of the people. In the late 1890s, Fr Allan McDonald, parish priest of the island of Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides, made a collection of such stories which he entitled "Strange Things". His book contains the only surviving body of material connected to an unfinished enquiry made on behalf of the Society of Psychical Research. The history of the enquiry and the reasons for its abandonment, is revealed here, as are many other facts about the Highland supernatural tradition, and also about the remarkable career of Society of Psychical research member Ada Goodrich Freer. Fascinating as a story of late Victorian obsessions, as a story of two different people and cultures, or simply as a story of one of the deepest strands of Hebridean culture, Strange Things is a story of tradition, folklore, manipulation, charlatanism and fraud. Strange Things: Father Allan, Ada Goodrich Freer and the Second Sight.

Rosslyn Chapel

Rosslyn Chapel. Rosslyn Chapel has fuelled controversy and debate, both recently in several best-selling books as well as in past centuries. Revered by Freemasons as a vital part of their history, believed by some to hold evidence of pre-Columbian voyages to America, assumed by others to hold important relics, from the Holy Grail to the Head of Christ, the Scottish chapel is a place full of mystery. This book will guide you through the theories, showing and describing where and what is being discussed; what is impossible, what is likely, and what is fact. At the same time, the book will virtually guide you around all enigmatic and important aspects of the chapel. The history of the chapel, its relationship to freemasonry and the family behind the scenes, the Sinclairs, is brought to life, incorporating new, forgotten and often unknown evidence. Finally, the story is placed in the equally enigmatic landscape surrounding the chapel, from Templar commanderies to prehistoric markings, from an ancient kingly site to the South, to Arthur's Seat directly north from the Chapel, before its true significance and meaning is finally unveiled: that the Chapel was a medieval stone book of esoteric knowledge, 'written' by the Sinclair family, one of the most powerful and wealthy families in Scotland, chosen patrons of Freemasonry. The Stone Puzzle of Rosslyn Chapel.

Medieval Scotland

Medieval Scotland. This is a one-volume history of medieval Scotland, concentrating on the period between the middle of the eleventh century and the Reformation and taking full account of recent scholarship. It is primarily a political and ecclesiastical study, analysing the development of the institutions of the Scottish state, conflict and co-operation between the crown and the nobility, relations with external powers, the history of the church in Scotland, and the formation of a distinctive Scottish identity. The Wars of Independence are examined in their historical context, and elements of identity and change are identified across the whole period. Particular emphasis is placed upon relations between core and periphery in medieval Scotland and on the difficulties experienced by the crown in imposing royal authority in the north and west. Medieval Scotland (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks).

Gaelic Scotland

Gaelic Scotland. The Hebrides and Gaelic Highlands are one of the world’s great treasure-houses of song. In this new anthology, world-renowned singer Anne Lorne Gillies has gathered together 175 of her favourite Gaelic songs. As well as a general introduction to the Gaelic musical and poetic tradition, she includes notes on the background of each song plus full references to other sources, notes on the technical aspects of the music, and a full discography. The songs included here span hundreds of years. Many date back to at least the fifteenth century, but reflect a culture far older still, a non-literate but far from ignorant society in which the arts were held in the highest reverence. They paint a vivid picture of life among the Gaelic-speaking peoples, filling many of the gaps left by official histories and documents, and provide a window into the lives of the people who composed and sang them, their hopes and fears, their jokes and preoccupations, what it was that made them angry or afraid. In their beauty and humanity they are amongst the jewels of western civilisation. Songs of Gaelic Scotland.


Iona. Iona, Sacred Spectacular Living, is a visual delight. Not only in the range and particularity of its colour photographs but also in the inclusion in oil and watercolours, sketches and engravings, of a painterly perspective. The section on the wildlife of the island is a vivid illustration of George MacLeod's whole earth crying glory. The Isle of Iona: Sacred, Spectacular, Living (Island Tributes).

The Hebridean island of Iona has been the focus of intense outside interest for over 1400 years, from the time of St Columba's monastery in the sixth century through to the transfer of its renowned monuments into the care of Historic Scotland in the year 2000. Yet the people who lived and worked alongside its sacred sites have been largely overshadowed until now. This book aims to redress the balance, taking an in-depth look at Iona's economic and social history during the 18th and 19th centuries - a period that saw profound change across the Highlands and Islands. It charts the agricultural reorganization that led to a crofting system, follows the islanders through the harsh decade of the potato famine and records their worship and education, their crafts and customs, and the ties of kinship that underpinned their community. A broad range of sources are woven together - documentary, material, topographical and photographic, along with oral testimony handed down the generations - to create a vivid picture of Iona's past. Iona: The Living Memory of a Crofting Community.

Iona. Remote, romantic and often mysterious, the islands off the coast of Scotland hold a strong fascination for thousands of visitors each year. Focusing on Mull and Iona, this title is one of a series of illustrated guidebooks providing information on heritage, landscape, climate, flora and fauna. Mull and Iona (Pevensey Island Guides).

A war hero and successful young minister in Edinburgh during the 1920s, George MacLeod shocked his many admirers by taking a post in Govan, a poor and depressed area of Glasgow, and moving inexorably towards socialism and pacifism during the depression years. It was during this time that he embarked on the rebuilding of the ancient abbey on the Isle of Iona, taking with him unemployed craftsmen from the shipyards of the Clyde and trainee ministers, whom he persuaded to work as labourers. Out of this was the Iona Community. George MacLeod: Founder of the Iona Community.

Iona has been of deep spiritual significance and inspiration to Kenneth Steven since his early childhood. This fifth collection of poems draws on his long association with the West Coast of Scotland and with Iona in particular. Iona: Poems.

The first book to tell the story of Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie, pioneers in the 20th century revival of Celtic jewellery. They trained at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1890s, during the decade of the renowned Glasgow Style. Their unique craft shop ran on the historic island of Iona from 1899 until 1941 and inspired a succeeding wave of silversmiths. Iona Celtic Art: The Work of Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie.

Celtic Scotland

Celtic Scotland. This remains the best and most comprehensive reference guide to the Celtic place-names of Scotland. This is the only paperback edition of this classic work, which is essential reading for anyone interested in Scottish history and the derivations of place names the length and breadth of the country. Many place-names date before the arrival of the Celts, the name Tay, for example, is almost certainly thousands of years old, and each successive group of invaders and settlers, Britons, Dalriadic Scots, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Picts and many others, constantly adding and enriching, leaving their own unique story in the landscape. The book is divided into sections dealing with early names, territorial divisions, general surveys of areas; it also looks at saints, church terms and river names. For the scholar, and indeed anyone interested in the subject, this book is a prime reference point which has never been surpassed. The Celtic Placenames of Scotland.

Who are the Celts? Where did they come from? Did the tribes of Iron Age Scotland really belong to a 'European Community' of Celts? What did it mean to be Celtic? In this fascinating book, the results of modern archaeology are used, alongside earlier finds and the historical sources, to illuminate this important but surprisingly neglected period of Scottish history. In this new edition of a classic work, Ian Armit explores the prehistoric world of the Celts, from around 1000 BC to AD 500. Fully illustrated with colour photographs, maps and diagrams, the book covers ethnicity and identity, daily life, Celtic art, the Druids, brochs, hillforts and Celtic warfare and the clash with Rome. Celtic Scotland.

The study of the archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles has been transformed in recent years through the results of new excavations, surveys and reassessment of earlier work. Setting the Hebrides alongside better-known regions of Britain, this book brings out the key features of Hebridean archaeology, from the impressive Callanish stones and the great ritual monuments of the Neolithic, the broch towers and wheelhouses of the Iron Age, to the arrival of the Norse, and the Lords of the Isles. The book also explores the history of human settlement and society in these islands, from the first hunter-gatherers to the Clearances. The Archaeology of Skye and the Western Isles.

This work follows the history of Celtic Scotland from the ancient kingdoms of the Picts and Scots to the downfall of Clan Donald at the end of the 15th century. The roles played by Somerled and his descendants, the Canmore kings, Edward I as the "Hammer of the Scots", and Robert the Bruce are recounted, along with the impact of the Wars of Scottish Independence, and their aftermath in the north. It was only in the Western Highlands of Scotland that Celtic society survived in quasi-independence as the Lordship of the Isles, until its final forfeiture in 1493. Lost Kingdoms: Celtic Scotland and the Middle Ages.

Roman Scotland

Roman Scotland. Two thousand years ago the Roman army, one of the world's most successful fighting machines, set out to conquer Scotland. Three invasions were attempted and each ended in withdrawal. These forays have left their mark on today's landscape in the form of impressive earthworks - the remains of forts and frontiers constructed by the army, including the famous and spectacular Antonine Wall. Using the latest archaeological evidence and contemporary Roman documents, including the uniquely informative Vindolanda writing tablets, Dr Breeze assesses these three periods of occupation and the effect they had on Scotland and its people. He asks: why the Romans chose to invade and why they failed what was the strength and nature of the invasion force how strong was the opposition what was daily life like for civilians and soldiers what was the relationship between Rome and the northern tribes after the Roman withdrawal Copiously illustrated with photographs and drawings, this informative and lively guide is enhanced by specially commissioned reconstruction drawings of military installations. Roman Scotland (Historic Scotland).

Roman Scotland. The authors of this book delved into the history of the Wall that ran from coast to coast, dividing Britain in two. Occasionally the Romans would march north and consider the complete conquest of the island; at other times the northern tribes would spill over the Wall to pillage the Roman province. Despite this, for three hundred years, with very few lapses, the peace of the frontier was regulated by the troops along the Wall. Only when the Western Empire fell did the soldiers drift away and the Wall decayed. In their review of the evidence, the authors include details about the Roman army, its religion and daily bureaucratic life on the Wall. Hadrian's Wall (Penguin History).

An in-depth historical study of the northern Roman frontier in Britain, why was the military conquest of Scotland never completed and what were the criteria governing Roman policy over the centuries? The idea of the Roman frontier immediately conjures up pictures of Hadrian's Wall with its forts and other remains, and of the Antonine Wall in Scotland. These two structures, however, represent two elements in a story which took a great deal longer to evolve and which, if taken in isolation, tend to mask a clear appraisal of the way in which the frontier in Britain actually developed. What, after all, did the Romans want to achieve in Britain? Why did they not capitalise on Agricola's victory at Mons Graupius in AD83 to subdue the entire country once and for all? How did the idea for a physical barrier evolve? And why, after all the effort of building Hadrian's Wall, did the emperor Antoninus Pius embark upon fresh conquest in Scotland? This book is intended primarily as an historical treatment of the Roman military occupation in Britain up until the early third century AD, although it does also describe the later history of the frontier zone. It draws upon archaeological evidence, but is not intended as a guide to the remains of Hadrian's and Antonine's Walls. Rather, it aims to set these spectacular fortifications into the broader context of Roman military plans. The Roman Frontier in Britain: Hadrian's Wall, the Antonine Wall and Roman Policy in Scotland.

As the most advanced frontier construction of its time, and as definitive evidence of the Romans' time in Scotland, the Antonine Wall is an invaluable and fascinating part of this country's varied and violent history. For a generation, from about 140 to 160 AD, the Antonine Wall was the north-west frontier of the Roman Empire. Constructed by the Roman army, it ran from modern Bo'ness on the Forth to Old Kilpatrick on the Clyde and consisted of a turf rampart fronted by a wide and deep ditch. At regular intervals were forts connected by a road, while outside the fort gates clustered civil settlements. Antoninus Pius, whom the wall was named after, reigned longer than any other emperor with the exception of its founder Augustus. Yet relatively little is known about him. In this meticulously researched book, David Breeze examines this enigmatic life and the reasons for the construction and abandonment of his Wall. The Antonine Wall.

In the summer of 84 AD the Italian gentleman Gnaeus Iulius Agricola, governor of Roman Britain (78-84 AD), led an army of Roman legionary soldiers and barbarian auxiliaries into northern Britain, known as Caledonia to the Romans. At a place called Mount Graupius, Agricola won a decisive victory over a large Caledonian host, and it appeared at the time that, forty-one years on, the Roman military conquest of Britain had finally been completed. Agricola had already begun thinking about a new challenge - the invasion and conquest of Ireland, but was recalled from Britain by the emperor; and it proved to be Rome's failure, or unwillingness - to assume political control over northern Britain in the wake of Agricola's achievement that would become greatly significant in shaping the medieval and post-medieval political and cultural history of Britain and Ireland. James Fraser is the first historian to identify the true site of this legendary battle, and presents a totally new interpretation of why the Romans invaded Scotland. The Roman Conquest of Scotland: The Battle of Mons Graupius AD 84.

Aberdeen Map

Aberdeen Map. This detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest. Aberdeen and Banchory (Explorer Maps).

Aberdeen Sailing Ships

Aberdeen Sailing Ships. The days when Aberdeen's fast sailing and copper-bottomed ships carried emigrant Scots to Canada are brought to life in this fascinating account of the northern Scotland exodus during the sailing ship era. Taking readers through new and little-used documentary sources, Lucille H. Campey finds convincing evidence of good ships, sailed by experienced captains and managed by reputable people, thus challenging head on the perceived imagery of abominable sea passages in leaking old tubs. And by considering the significance of ship design and size, she opens a new window on our understanding of emigrant travel. Instead of concentrating on the extreme cases of suffering and mishaps, to be found in anecdotal material, Campey's approach is to identify all of the emigrant sea crossings to Canada made on Aberdeen sailing ships. Observing the ships which collected passengers from the port of Aberdeen as well as those which collected emigrants at Highland ports, especially Cromarty and Thurso, Campey reveals the processes at work and the people who worked behind the scenes to provide the services. Her following of the emigrant Scots on to their New World destinations in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Upper Canada provides us with an opportunity to see how events in Canada were influencing both the decision to emigrate and choice of location. These emigrant Scots succeeded, often after difficult beginnings, and would endow Canada with their rich traditions and culture which live on to this day. Fast Sailing and Copper-Bottomed: Aberdeen Sailing Ships and the Emigrant Scots They Carried to Canada, 1774-1855.

Aberdeen at War

Aberdeen at War. Throughout history, Britain has been at war with various nations for various reasons and, at the forefront of the engagements, there have always been Scottish troops, Scottish sailors and, during the last century, Scottish pilots. There have been times when the Scots have been at war with the English, and even with fellow Scots. Perhaps it is because Scots are natural warriors that they have never been at peace for very long. "Aberdeen at War" is a beautifully illustrated volume, which includes many spectacular and previously unpublished photographs of the city, taken during the years of the Second World War, and brought together here for the first time. This is a nostalgic and heart-warming tribute to all the citizens of Aberdeen - men, women and children who bravely lived through one of history's darkest times. With chapters on People at War, Entertainment, Education, The Secret War, and D-Day and Beyond, Aberdeen at War covers all aspects of the war through carefully selected images. Aberdeen and the North East at War.

Aberdeen History

Aberdeen History. Aberdeen is a city shaped by its geography, climate and architecture. Like the land from which it grew, its projects qualities of hard work and fortitude, firm solidity, self-confidence and aspiration. It is a city with a character and personality that reflects its people. Conservative and "canny" in some senses, it has often been radical and inovative in its This book provides an understanding of the changes that have taken place in Aberdeen's economic and social structure since 1800, from the age of textiles to the age of oil. It analyzes changes in work patterns, housing, education, economy, social welfare, religion, local government, leisure and culture, and discusses the effects of national and international market forces, periods of instability and high growth, and political struggles. It features many of the people who played an important part in this period of Aberdeen's history. This history by 13 historians, economists, political scientists and geographers, shows that Aberdeen has survived economic upheavals and the disruption of two world wars, emerging as an independent city with a sense of its own worth and values.politics and in tackling social issues. Aberdeen, 1800 to 2000: A New History.

Lost Aberdeen

Lost Aberdeen. The initial chapters are an odyssey through the early town, from the Green to the Gallowgate, charting the disappearance of the irreplaceable medieval townscape. Moving on to more modern times she traces the evolution and gradual erosion of the Granite City, whose stylish yet restrained architecture once brought visitors from all over the world to see an Aberdeen which they recognised and valued as a unique city. She writes of George Street, originally planned as 'an elegant entrance to the city' and of Union Street, a marvel of early nineteenth century engineering with stunning symmetry, elegant terracing and memorable shops. There is also a requiem for Archibald Simpson's splendid New Market and the sadly missed Northern Co-operative Society Arcade. The final part of Lost Aberdeen recalls vanished mansions, and lost clachans, victims of the city's march westwards. Long gone industrial archaeology is also revisited, the railway stations, mills, shipyards, seafront, tollhouses and boathouse, which slipped away as if they never had existed. In Lost Aberdeen Diane Morgan writes with the same fresh approach to local history that blends careful scholarship with high readability, and authority with humour. Lost Aberdeen.

Dundee Map

Dundee Map. This detailed map shows a host of attractions including gardens which are open to the public, nature reserves and country parks as well as all official footpaths, bridleways, roads and lanes. Other facilities covered include: camping and caravan sites, picnic areas and viewpoints, selected places of interest. Dundee and Sidlaw Hills (Explorer).

Dundee Whalers

Dundee Whalers. This is a study of what was Britain's leading whaling port. Today, Dundee captains and the city's whaling fleet have a permanent place in the geography of the world. Cape Adams, Cape Milne, Artic Bay and Eclipse Sound recall an era when the city's stoutly built ships, manned by heroic adventurers, discovered new routes, made new friends, but seldom sailed far from danger. In Dundee itself, streets such as Whale Lane and Baffin Street serve as reminders of an era in which Dundee dominated the whaling grounds. Moreover, the Dundee fleet has excelled as polar exploration ships, providing vessels for Captain Scott, Ernest Shackleton and Admiral Byrd, leaving a permanent reminder of the city's historic role at Dundee Island, Antarctica. An appendix lists all the ships and their captains. The Dundee Whalers 1750-1914.

Dundee History

Dundee History. This is a fascinating and accessible short history of Dundee. Norman Watson's pen sweeps across Dundee's cityscape for a new and absorbing history which will be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. From revisiting the city's origins to describing its recent achievements, his journey through time reveals the very soul and spirit of the city. "Dundee: A Short History" vividly describes the city's thrilling and turbulent history, its poverty and prosperity, its see-sawing cultural identity and growing reputation in science, education and the arts. Marrying a journalist's instincts to authoritative but readable research, Watson pulls no punches on his way through the changing centuries. Where are the legacies of jute, jam and journalism? Why was the old Overgate demolished? Why is Tayside House still standing? What went wrong with the Waterfront? He explores and he reports, writing intuitively on the character of a city cherished by Dundonians the world over - but one whose story is often hidden from history and mainstream Scottish thinking. Accompanied by fascinating photographs, "Dundee: A Short History" is a book which shines like a searchlight on a city passing through a period of exciting development and change. Dundee: A Short History.

Dundee Memories

Dundee Memories. Ian Malcolm was born into a Scotland which has now almost entirely vanished. The crowded, narrow streets of Dundee's Overgate which he describes have been replaced with shopping centres; the trams which rattled through the City Square have long been silenced and Dundee University campus now stands on the site which used to be Hawkhill's busy community centre. In Dundee Memories, the routine and atmosphere of Dundee life in the twenties, thirties and forties is expertly recreated. From his earliest memories as a toddler in a Blackness Road Tenement through childhood fun and games, to evacuation and then eventual employment in Dundee's thriving jute industry, the author recalls in vivid detail the habits and incidents of an almost forgotten time. Dundee Memories.

Growing Up in Dundee

Growing Up in Dundee. This book presents a nostalgic account of life growing up in wartime Scotland. Born in Dundee in 1938, Maureen Reynolds grew up in wartime Scotland, a young girl surrounded by adult concerns, the endless queuing for rations that never seemed to stretch quite far enough, the blackouts and air raids - and as she came of age, a whole generation seemed to suddenly do the same, with the rise of the Teddy Boy and rock and roll. A memoir written with the grace and lucidity of a novel, "Voices in the Street" chronicles a life of typical proportions with all the heartache and hope that entails, and reminds us that the most commonplace stories, properly told, can give a greater insight into a time and place than any of the more exceptional. With great candour and earnestness, Maureen Reynolds' reminiscences of growing up with her wise, kind Grandad, of lumpy porridge, of tramcars and of broth night, of finding her love and then seeing him borrowed for the sake of National Service, will strike a chord with all those who see their own memories reflected there, and for everyone else "Voices in the Street" provides an intricate, caring portrait of a life and of a generation. Voices in the Street: Growing Up in Dundee.

Glasgow Visitor Guide

Glasgow Visitor Guide. An invaluable guide to Scotland's largest city, covering an extensive range of attractions in and around Glasgow, including: galleries and museums, Charle Rennie Mackintosh, gardens, historic houses and other architecture, country parks and much more. Entries contain information on facilities, opening times, admission, directions, contact phone number and website. Each entry is numbered and linked to a colour map. The Glasgow Visitor Guide.

Cityspots Glasgow takes you straight to the heart of Scotland's 'friendly city', recently promoted as being 'Scotland with style'. Lively bars, independent boutiques and a rich cultural scene, coupled with the legacy of merchant traders and the Art Nouveau of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, give Glasgow the exact buzz it hoped to achieve when starting out on the path of regeneration. Glasgow highlights include: art and architecture at Mackintosh House, Kelvingrove Art Galleries, Gallery of Modern Art and many more; Glasgow Science Centre (GSC), Scotland's flagship Millennium Project, brings science and technology to life through interactive exhibits; festivals and festivities including the International Comedy Festival, Film Festival and Hogmany; shopping: Princes Square, Buchanan Street, the Argyll Arcade and The Barras; cutting-edge cultural scene with over 200 arts organisations, including Scottish Ballet and Opera; Ibrox stadium, Old firm football rivalries and the Scottish Football Museum; 'The Tall Ship' (s.v. Glenlee), is the only Clydebuilt sailing ship left in the UK; and, out of town trips include the Clyde Valley, Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. This title is perfect for pleasure-seeking city breakers wanting to quickly pinpoint the city's most entertaining highlights and decide what to see and do in a limited time. It contains clear maps to enable fast orientation and full-colour illustrated pages to pinpoint the very best in shopping, sightseeing, eating and drinking - plus great ideas for low-budget entertainment too. It spans a wide range of destinations, including those served by budget airlines. It includes practical listings to suit varied budgets and tastes. Imaginative suggestions reveal each city's hidden gems. Compact format quickly locates the top must-see and do attractions. It also contains full-colour maps and photographs. Glasgow (CitySpots).

The Story of Glasgow

The Story of Glasgow. Who are the people that you would instantly associate with Glasgow? There are the obvious names like Billy Connolly, Sir Alex Ferguson, Ally McCoist, Lulu, Charles Rennie MacIntosh, Carol Smillie, in fact the list is as long as your arm. Times Past offers short biographies of all of the city's most influential sons and daughters. As well as the weel-kent faces, there are people like shipbuilder Robert Napier, architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and inventor James Watt whose names might not be so immediately associated with the city but whose influence on its development can never be underestimated. Times Past also covers the history of the city. The 'Dear Green Place' burgeoned in the nineteenth century and with its wealth came the confidence to build some of the most stunning city-centre buildings anywhere in the world. This was financed by some of Britain's shrewdest merchants and businessmen and, of course, all this trade meant that shipbuilding became one of the city's most important activities. Here the industry's phenomenal rise and its eventual decline are charted in both pictures and text. The book then looks at how Glasgow's past has shaped the city we know today - a vibrant cultural melting pot that is rightly recognised as one of Europe's trendiest cities. Of course, a vital part of the culture of Glasgow is football and the successes of both Rangers and Celtic are celebrated here. No book on the sporting history of Glasgow could ignore the Ibrox Disaster and the tragedy of Stairway 13 in 1971 is given sensitive coverage. Glasgow has also produced some of the country's best boxers and Times Past gives men like Benny Lynch and Jim Watt their rightful place in the city's sporting archives. Times Past: The Story of Glasgow.

Images of Glasgow

Images of Glasgow. They lifted a veil of industrial grime and discovered a place of incredible beauty, Glasgow, once the Second City of the Empire, now facing a very different future, chosen as UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999. But for all the prospect of a brand-new century, the main thrust of this prestigious book is a nostalgic look at the Dear Green Place as it used to be. This is Glasgow in all the black-and-white reality of a city and a river which built the most famous ships in the world, and locomotives too. The particular energy of its people set a rhythm of vibrancy symbolised in the clatter of the shipyard, the clank of the tramcar, the roar of a rivalry between Rangers and Celtic and the beat of the Big Band at Barrowlands or the Locarno where Glaswegians were hailed as the greatest dancers on earth. Through it all came world-class spectacles, from the Empire Exhibition of 1938 (Scotland's largest-ever event) to the Garden Festival of 1988 and the City of Culture Extravaganza of 1990. Everyone from Pavarotti to Sinatra was here. With a new sense of pride, Glasgow was cleaning up the magnificence of its Victorian architecture, building a concert hall with the royal accolade and emerging as a centre of opera, ballet and orchestral excellence. The seal of international recognition came with the opening of the Burrell Exhibition which guaranteed a new-found flow of tourists from all parts of the world. The tapestry of Glasgow had become broader in scope and richer in colour, a contrast of past and present, so vividly portrayed in this very special book. Images of Glasgow.

Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow Necropolis. Modelled on Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, the Glasgow Necropolis first opened for burial in 1832 and has been a haunt for cemetery tourists ever since. Dominated by its memorial obelisk to John Knox, the Necropolis is a living testament to Victorian funerary excesses and the nineteenth century's obsession with death, sometimes referred to as the Cult of the Dead. Here, Ronnie Scott surveys the architecture of the Necropolis's monuments, graves and mausoleums and the architects who built them. And he also tells the stories of the folk who inhabit the Necropolis or City of the Dead, as the word necropolis translates. Unlike Pere Lachaise, the Necropolis in Glasgow may not be able to boast of being the last resting place of anyone quite as famous as Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison or Edith Piaf but it does have its share of celebrity corpses. By the middle of nineteenth century, anyone who was anyone in Glasgow was buried there or had a Necropolis monument erected to their memory. The designer of the Royal Yacht Britannia, industrialists like Charles Tennent and Lord Kelvin, a Polish freedom fighter, they're all here and all have their own interesting stories - as do some of the rather less well-respected occupants, such as the professor of anatomy who encouraged body-snatching. The architecture of the tombs, gravestones and memorials is as varied as the lives the citizens of the Necropolis led - and sometimes just as flamboyant. The men, such as Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, who designed Glasgow's city-centre buildings during the period when it was second only to London in terms of prosperity also had a hand in creating the Necropolis and their life stories are covered here too. Death by Design: The True Story of the Glasgow Necropolis.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Commissioned by the organizers of the Edinburgh Tattoo, Graeme Wallace has colourfully captured the sights and spectacle of this internationally renowned event, from the pipes and drums of the tartan clad bands to the lively colour costumes of international performers. Themed around Scotland military regiments, the books take a look behind the scenes during preparations, conveys a unique perspective of the main event, and captures the emotions and friendships developed after the performance. Beautifully produced, this is a must for anyone who has visited Edinburgh's Military Tattoo or who has a desire to attend. Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The highlights from the long history of this popular and spectacular event. The History Of The Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Old Town. In this beautiful collection of 200 images from the Edinburgh Room, Susan Varga presents a pictorial history of Edinburgh's Old Town. The images cover the area known as the Royal Mile and include Castlehill, the Lawnmarket, High Street, Canongate, Grassmarket and George IV Bridge as well as the royal residences of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle. The medieval Old Town lies on the crag and tail of an extinct volcano and has a long rich history. Prior to the eighteenth century, the area was home to all stratas of society, including the aristocracy. However, following the building of the Georgian New Town and the exodus of the wealthy residents, the area was left to decay into a picturesque slum. Many of these images date from the early years of photography and give a unique perspective on the social conditions of the time. The Old Town underwent regeneration during the twentieth century and it has now developed into a centre of tourism and a site of world heritage importance. Edinburgh Old Town (Images of Scotland).

Literary Edinburgh

Literary Edinburgh. The Literary Traveller in Edinburgh is the first comprehensive, fully illustrated, literary sightseeing guide for natives and visitors alike. Easy to use and easy to read in its attractive format, it is the essential guide for all bookworms and literary pilgrims. For centuries, Edinburgh has been home, inspiration and muse to writers. Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark, Sir Walter Scott and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were born in the city. John Buchan, J.M. Barrie and Robert Burns lived there. Visiting literati who praised and condemned it include Dickens, Defoe, Tennyson, Thackeray, Dr Johnson and George Eliot, while poets Robert Garioch, Sorley Maclean, Norman MacCaig, Alan Bold and Hugh MacDiarmid drank Edinburgh pubs dry in the 1950s, '60s and '70s. The city has inspired classic and controversial works of literature such as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Regeneration and the novels of Irvine Welsh and Ian Rankin. Edinburgh's main railway terminus, Waverley, was named after the novel by Sir Walter Scott, and how many other cities can boast a memorial to a native author that dominates its skyline as does the Scott Monument on Princes Street? Added to this, the Edinburgh International Book Festival is now the largest book festival in the world. Exploring Edinburgh's literary past and present is synonymous with exploring and traversing the great city itself, a city which truly deserves the accolade World City of Literature. Literary Traveller in Edinburgh: A Bookworm's Sightseeing Guide to the World's First City of Literature.

Lost Edinburgh

Lost Edinburgh. Now Edinburgh is a prosperous and expanding city, developed from a small community spawned on a narrow rock to become the Capital of Scotland. From mean beginnings, wretched accommodation, no comfortable houses, no soft beds, visiting French knights complained in 1341, it went on to attract some of the world's greatest architects to design and build and shape a unique city. But over the centuries many of those fine buildings have gone. Invasion and civil strife played their part. Some simply collapsed of old age and neglect, others were swept away in the 'improvements' of the nineteenth century. Yet more fell to the developers swathe of destruction in the twentieth century. Few were immune as much of the medieval architectural history vanished in the Old Town; Georgian Squares were attacked; Princes Street ruined; old tenements razed in huge slum clearance drives, and once familiar and much loved buildings vanished. The changing pattern of industry, social habits, health service, housing and road systems all took their toll. Not even the city wall was immune. The buildings which stood in the way of what was deemed progress are the heritage of Lost Edinburgh. Lost Edinburgh.