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150 Famous Scots150 Famous Scots
Lily Seafield

This revised edition of a national bestseller has been updated in all walks of life - entertainers, actors, writers, scientists, sportsmen and women, architects, business people, artists, engineers, bankers - the list is long, and dates from antiq...
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A Touch Of TreasonA Touch Of Treason
Ian Hamilton

This is the swashbuckling life story of one of Scotland's greatest sons. Ian Hamilton, born the son of a Paisley tailor in 1925, who made himself world-famous on Xmas Eve, 1950, when he helped to remove the Stone of Destiny from Westminster Ab...
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An Accidental TragedyAn Accidental Tragedy
The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots
Roderick Graham
Based on contemporary documents and histories, Roderick Graham paints a unique picture of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, but as a young girl adrift in the dangerous seas of sixteenth-century po...
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Ancestors in the ArcticAncestors in the Arctic
A Photographic History of Dundee Whaling
Malcolm Archibald
For over 160 years, Dundee sent ships to the Arctic to hunt the whales. It was a brutal, dangerous business but one which was vital to the economy of the city. As well as providing baleen or whalebone, the whaling ships brought home skins for the lea...
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Ancient ScotlandAncient Scotland
(Scottish Histories)
David Ross
In the early decades of the first millennium AD, the outline of the land is recognizable straight away-the angular eastern coastline, the fretwork and crumbled fringe of sea lochs, headlands and islands on the west, that still form the familiar shape...
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Are Ye Dancin'?Are Ye Dancin'?
The Story of Scotland's Dance Halls-And How yer Dad Met yer Ma!
Eddie Tobin with Martin Kielty
The first-ever inside story of how Scotland's ballrooms and dance halls remained a central part of Scottish culture throughout the 20th century. Told by the people who made it happen-the agents, managers, and promoters-and supported by anecdotes...
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Atholl and GowrieAtholl and Gowrie
North Perthshire: A Historical Guide
Lindsay J. MacGregor & Richard Oram
Both areas are extremely rich in archaeology and this guide takes in the full range from neolithic cairns to medieval palaces, from industrial workers' cottages to Roman fortresses. A full gazetteer combines with the narrative to produce a defini...
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Auld Mug, TheAuld Mug, The
The Scots and the America's Cup
Len Paterson
In the spring and summer of 2007, off the coast of Valencia, the 32nd challenge for the America's Cup will be sailed; possibly yachting's oldest continuously contested trophy, and often referred to in the purple press as "Yacht...
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Bad WhiskyBad Whisky
The Scandal That Created the World's Most Succesful Spirit
Edward Burns, preface by Ian Buxton
This is a unique insight into the Victorian scandal which raged at the end of the 19th century surrounding the adulteration of whisky in public houses throughout the UK. Returning to contemporary press reports and Hansard, Edward Burns masterfully un...
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Peter Reese
Bannockburn is another riveting foray into Scottish history from the author of the bestselling titles Wallace and The Scottish Commander. The Battle of Bannockburn, at which Robert the Bruce's army vanquished Edward I,...
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Barlinnie Story, TheBarlinnie Story, The
Riots, Death, Retribution and Redemption in Scotland's Infamous Prison
Robert Jeffrey
Barlinnie is one of the most notorious prisons in the world and for a hundred years it has held Glasgow’s toughest and most violent men, swept up from the city streets. Ten men died on its gallows in the infamous Hanging Shed, including serial...
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Big NoiseBig Noise
The History of Scottish Rock n' Roll as Told by the People Who Made it
Martin Kielty
When Scotland falls for something, it falls for it big – and Scotland fell for rock ’n’ roll at a very early stage. From the immediate post-war period to the new century, the nation has generated more rock stars per head than anywhe...
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Blood in the GlensBlood in the Glens
True Crime from the Scottish Highlands
Jean McLennan, foreword by Val McDermid
A fascinating collection of true crime stories from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Murders and unexplained deaths happen wherever there are people and, despite its sparse population, the Highlands have had more than their fair share.
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Building a NationBuilding a Nation
The Story of Scotland's Architecture
Ranald MacInnes, Miles Glendinning, Aoghus MacKechnie; foreword by Kirsty Wark
Scotland's astonishing architectural heritage is one of the defining images of the country. This book asks what exactly makes "Scottish" architecture, carrying the story from the royal palaces of the Stewart kings when Scottish architec...
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Burt's LettersBurt's Letters
From the North of Scotland
Edmund Burt
In 1730, Edmund Burt was sent to Scotland to work as a contractor for the government. For most of the time he was based in Inverness from where he wrote regularly to an acquaintance in London about his experiences.

Burt had an insatiable c...
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But The Distilleries Went OnBut The Distilleries Went On
The Morrison Bowmore Story
Ian Buxton
Morrison Bowmore Distillers (MBD) started life in 1951 as an independent player in an industry largely dominated by the dinosaur that was The Distillers Company. Its founder was Stanley P Morrison who, with partner James Howat, astutely built the com...
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Calum's RoadCalum's Road
Roger Hutchinson
Calum MacLeod had lived on the northern point of Raasay since his birth in 1911. He tended the Rona lighthouse at the very tip of his little archipelago, until semi-automation in 1967 reduced his responsibilities. "So what he decided to do,"...
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Chronology of Scottish HistoryChronology of Scottish History
David Ross
This Chronology of Scottish History provides a comprehensive and up-to-date chronological listing of people, places, battles, and events prominent in the history of Scotland from the earliest times to the present day-a concisely written over...

Douglas Willis
The crofting landscape of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, characterized by small landholdings, townships with their clusters of croft houses and areas of common grazing, is one of the most distinctive in all of Western Europe. Crofting as a wa...
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A Short History
Norman Watson
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 throug...
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