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Nightmare at Scapa Flow

by H.G. Weaver & H.J. Weaver

Sinking the battleship HMS Royal Oak in the Royal Navy's home anchorage, with the loss of more than 800 of her crew, was Germany's first shattering blow against Britain in the 1939-45 war. Within six weeks the...


Spartacus

by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

The uprising of the slaves against the Romans in 73 BC, led by the gladiator Spartacus, has been an inspiration to generations of people who have stood up against oppression. By the time he was captured by Marcus...


When I Heard the Bell

by John MacLeod

evocative and wholly magnificent'- Roger Hutchison, The Scotsman On 31 December 1918, hours from the first New Year of peace, hundreds of Royal Naval Reservists from the Isle of Lewis poured off successive trains...


Who Pays the Ferryman?

by Roy Pedersen

Who Pays the Ferryman? is an informative and critical analysis of Scotland's ferry services. It describes the 'glory days' of how, from modest beginnings, Scotland once led the world in maritime development....


The Stewart Earls of Orkney

by Peter Anderson

For almost a century the islands of Orkney and Shetland were under the rule of the Stewart earls, father and son, a rule remarkable for its infamous reputation in island history. Robert Stewart was an illegitimate...


Witches of Fife

by Stuart MacDonald

Along the coast of Fife, in villages like Culross and Pittenweem, historical markers and pamphlets now include the fact that some women were executed as witches within these burghs. Still the reality of what...


The Union

by Michael Fry

Description: Providing a comprehensive look at the origins of the United Kingdom, a study for four decades, the author traces the fault-lines of the present time back to the treaty drawn up between the ruling...


If Hitler Comes

by Gordon Barclay

Between May 1940 and the summer of 1941 the British people expected a German invasion that, had it succeeded, would have enslaved them into the Nazis' racist war. This period saw an unparalleled effort to prepare...


The Tsar's Doctor

by Mary McGrigor

Born in Kincardine in 1767, James Wylie became one of the most celebrated doctors in Europe and the centre of two of the most fascinating and enduring conspiracy theories in Russian history. Having performed...


The Dam Builders

by Jim Miller

In the 30 years between the end of World War II and 1975, the construction schemes of the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board changed the face of the Highlands and brought electricity to almost the whole...


Vatersay Raiders

by Ben Buxton

Tells the story of the raiders; their struggle to escape from the poverty which, they claimed, the policies of the absentee landowner forced them to endure, the raiding and settlement of the island and the fraught...


The Beggar’s Benison

by David Stevenson

Two clubs, dedicated to proclaiming the joys of libertine sex, thrived in mid and late 18th-century Scotland. The Beggar's Benison (1732), starting from local roots in Fife, became large and sprawling, with...


Architect of Victory

by Walter Reid

A thoughtful reassessment' - Stand To! 'Sharp and clear...swift and surefooted' - The Scotsman 'A careful biographer' - Times Literary Supplement 'Those new to the Haig debate will receive a good introduction....


Swords for Hire

by James Miller

In 1612, George Sinclair, an illegitimate son of a Caithness laird, became a Norwegian national hero. Along with almost 300 of his followers, Sinclair was killed in an ambush in Norway while marching to join...


The Union of 1707

by P.H. Scott

Few events in our history have had such lasting consequences as the Union of 1707, but it is usually misrepresented and misunderstood. There is no good reason for this because the facts are clear from the vivid...


Agreeable Connexions

by Alexander Broadie

Scotland has played an immense role in European high culture through the centuries, and among its cultural links none have been greater than those with France. This book shows that the links with France stretch...


Vikings in America

by Graeme Davis

The first book to tackle the subject in forty years, the true extent of the Viking discovery and colonisation of the eastern seaboard of America is fully examined, taking into account the new archaeological,...


The Scottish Enlightenment

by Alexander Broadie

Written for general reader, considers the achievement of this particular period of Scottish history. This book attends not only to the ideas that made the Scottish Enlightenment such a noted moment, but also...


The Flowers of the Forest

by Trevor Royle

’Trevor Royle has done First World War History a great service' - Gary Sheffield 'Graphic, ably controlled…the power of imaginative storytelling is Royle’s endeavour’ – The Guardian ’His exceptional...


The Soap Man

by Roger Hutchinson

In 1918, as the First World War was drawing to a close, the eminent liberal industrial Lord Leverhulme bought - lock, stock and barrel - the Hebridean island of Lewis. His intention was to revolutionise the...