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Darien

by John McKendrick

The Company of Scotland and its attempts to establish the colony of Caledonia on the inhospitable isthmus of Panama in the late seventeenth century is one of the most tragic moments of Scottish history. Devised...


Walking the Border

by Ian Crofton

In 2013 Ian Crofton undertook a journey he had been pondering for years: a walk along the Border between Scotland and England. It would be an exploration both of his own identity - not quite Scottish, not quite...


River of Fire

by John MacLeod

"MacLeod is a splendid and elegiac narrator of neglected patches of Scotland's history and brings his poetic gifts again to this, the single most dreadful event in our nation's story" - The Observer "An unflinching...


Burke and Hare

by Owen Dudley Edwards

At Christmastide, 1827, in a boarding house in Edinburgh's West Port, an old army pensioner dies of natural causes. He owes the landlord ?4 rent. Instead of burying the body, the landlord, William Hare, and...


James VII

by Alastair Mann

James VII and II is one of the least studied monarchs of Scotland, and has previously mostly been studied from an English perspective or as the muddled victim of the revolution of 1688/9 which delivered for...


The Faded Map

by Alistair Moffat

Modern communications have driven motorways and pylons through the countryside, dwarfed us with TV and telephone masts and drastically altered the way in which we move around, see and understand Scotland. Recent...


The Borders

by Alistair Moffat

Highly readable...a lively, clear style.' - Northern History This is the story of the border: a place of beginnings and endings, of differences and similarities. It is the story of England and Scotland, told...


Arras, 1917

by Walter Reid

A splendid book' - Niall Ferguson To Arras, 1917 is a biography of the author's uncle, Ernest Reid, who died in 1917, an officer in the Black Watch, of wounds sustained in the Battle of Arras. Born and raised...


Churchill 1940-1945

by Walter Reid

Magnificent. This is a meticulously researched history, but it is also a very moving human story' - Harry Reid, The Herald 'This is an outstanding account and to be recommended to all students of the high strategy...


The Invisible Spirit

by Kenneth Roy

So good I could all but not put it down: every home should have one' - Candia McWilliam, Scotsman 'The most remarkable book on Scotland I have ever read' - Ian Hamilton, QC 'A spellbinding read. Walking through...


The Beginning and End of the World

by Robert Crawford

In a work of spectacular imagination and remarkable synthesis, poet Robert Crawford celebrates St Andrews, the first town in the world to have its people, buildings and natural environment thoroughly documented...


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...


Tartan Airforce

by Deborah Lake

Britain's first flying machine was trailed in Perthshire in 1907 and ever since - whether at war or in peacetime - Scotland has been in the frontline of British military aviation. In "Tartan Air Force", Deborah...


A Higher World

by Michael Fry

This new and compelling history of eighteenth-century Scotland paints a rich and detailed portrait of the country at a time when it was of truly global significance. This journey from the Union of 1707 to its...


The Wall

by Alistair Moffat

In The Wall, Alistair Moffat's fascination shines through as he captures the enormous endeavour of the builders along with the captivating human stories the stones still tell after nearly two millennia.' The...


The Wallace Book

by Edward Cowan

Through his personality, ingenuity and ability, Wallace initiated a resistance movement which ultimately secured the nation's freedom and independence. This title investigates what is known of the medieval warrior's...


The Grand Scuttle

by Dan van der Vat

At Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919, there occurred an event unique in naval history. The German High Seas Fleet, one of the most formidable ever built, was deliberately sent to the bottom of the British Grand Fleet's...


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...


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...


A Grass Bank Beyond

by Fionna Carothers

In Four Ducks on a Pond, Nicholas the Cat, assisted by novelist Annabel Carothers, observed his family of humans and animals during one year on the Ross of Mull in the early 1950s. More than fifty years later,...