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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 Secrets of Rosslyn

by Roddy Martine

Ever since its creation in the mid fifteenth century, Rosslyn Chapel has cast a mesmerising spell over all who have visited it. Nestling in an exquisite glen barely seven miles from the centre of Edinburgh,...

The Makers of Scotland

by Tim Clarkson

During the first millennium AD the most northerly part of Britain evolved into the country known today as Scotland. The transition was a long process of social and political change driven by the ambitions of...

The Wars of the Bruces

by Colm McNamee

The Bruces of 14th century Scotland were formidable and enthusiastic warriors. England's war with Robert Bruce profoundly affected the whole of the British Isles. This study links up the various theatres of...

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...

Alexander II

by Richard Oram

By equal measure state-builder and political unifier and ruthless opportunist and bloody-handed aggressor, Alexander II has been praised or vilified by past historians but has rarely been viewed in the round....

The British

by Alistair Moffat

Hidden inside all of us - every human being on Earth - is the story of our ancestry. Printed on our DNA are the origins of our lineages, the time in history and prehistory when they arose, and the epic journeys...

Isles of the West

by Ian Mitchell

Mitchell's entertaining and thought provoking account of his luxurious quest to not only enjoy the beauty of the islands, but to come to an understanding of the places and the effect alien forces have on them....

The Cairngorms

by Patrick Baker

The Cairngorms: A Secret History is a series of journeys exploring barely known human and natural stories of the Cairngorm Mountains. It looks at a unique British landscape, its last great wilderness, with new...

Brow of the Gallowgate

by Doris Davidson

Absorbing and fascinating' - Christine Marion Fraser 'It's a dismal day that doesn't include a dose of Doris' - Press and Journal The brow of the Gallowgate is where Albert Ogilvie buys his property in 1890...

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...

Blood on the Wave

by John Sadler

Scotland's long coastline runs from the waters of Galloway and the Solway, through the Irish Sea to the long sea lochs and myriad islands of the Celtic west, around grim Cape Wrath, the coast of Caithness, Pentland...

Crappit Heids for Tea

by Anne Tindley

Sutherland is one of the most ruggedly beautiful and sparsely populated parts of Scotland. In the nineteenth century, the Duke of Sutherland set about improving his landholdings to make them more productive...


by Peter Reese

In the breadth of bitter-sweet Scottish history there is no more poignant, not more important, battle than Flodden. Before Scotland's disastrous defeat at the hands of the English under the Earl of Surrey, a...

From an Antique Land

by Anne MacLeod

This book looks at visual images as an alternative and undervalued source of evidence for ideas about the Scottish Gaidhealtachd in the period 1700 - 1880. Illustrated with 100 plates, it brings together many...

Fascist Scotland

by Gavin Bowd

On 10 May 1941, Rudolf Hess, Deputy Fuhrer of the Third Reich, entered Scottish airspace in an ill-fated attempt to discuss peace with the Duke of Hamilton. For the Nazis, Hess was the victim of 'tragic hallucinations'....

Scotland and Poland: Historical Encounters, 1500-2010

by Tom Devine & David Hesse

This collection of essays explores more than five centuries of Scottish–Polish interactions. It focuses on the two main moments of contact: the early modern experiences of Scottish pedlars, merchants, mercenaries...

Cruachan: The Hollow Mountain

by Marian Pallister

‘Cruachan!’ was the battle cry of the Campbells. In the early 1960s, the invasion of the 3,000 men who hollowed out Argyll’s noblest and highest mountain as part of a massive hydroelectric project could...

Scotland Forever!: The Scots Greys at Waterloo

by Iain Gale

The Battle of Waterloo in 1815 was a turning point in European history. The British and their allies led by the Duke of Wellington faced the massed forces of Napoleon. It was the French emperor’s last throw...

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...