(born 1950 - ) - Kelso, Scottish Borders
Alistair Moffat was born (in 1950) and raised in Kelso, in the Scottish Borders. He went to university in St Andrews, Edinburgh and London, and played rugby while he was in the Borders. He took over the running of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1976, a move that led to the publication of his first book, Edinburgh Fringe in 1978.
After he had finished as Fringe administrator he moved into the world of television, and quickly progressed through the ranks to become director of programmes at Scottish Television. After a period as Chairman of this same company, he moved back down to the Borders, a move that has inspired many books such as Kelsae: A History of Kelso From Earliest Times, a definitive look at the author's home town.
Other books inspired by the region he grew up in are The Borders: A History of the Borders From Earliest Times and title The Reivers: The Story of the Border Reivers. This accompanied a six-part television series broadcast on ITV Border, and presented by Alistair Moffat himself. He is also credited with founding the Borders Book Festival in 2004. This takes place annually in Melrose, and is growing in popularity by the year.
- Add to BasketArthur And The Lost Kingdoms - Paperback
The author of this work examines the location and identity of the real Arthur. He argues that the historical Arthur was not a king but a general chosen around 500 A.D. to lead a coalition army by the Welsh or Celtic kingdoms of southern Scotland.
- Add to BasketThe Borders: A History Of The Borders From Earliest Times - Paperback
This text is a history of the Borders from earliest times, from the author of 'The Edinburgh Fringe', 'Remembering Charles Rennie Mackintosh' and 'Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms'.
Modern communications, politics & logistics have drastically altered the way in which we move around, see & understand Scotland. This book looks beyond these to remember a land that was once quiet & green. It takes the reader on a journey around a lost Scotland, bringing to life the half-forgotten kings & kingdoms of 2000 years ago.
- Add to BasketThe Highland Clans - Hardback
The story of the Highland clans is a gripping one, full of celebrated names and heroic deeds. It is also, as Alistair Moffat reveals, the story of a fearless people, shaped by the unique traditions and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands.
- Add to BasketKelsae: A History Of Kelso From Earliest Times - Paperback
A definitive local history, where street corners and even individual cobblestones rate a mention, 'Kelsae' is a comprehensive yet affectionate history. Beginning with the foundation of Scotland's greatest medieval abbey in 1128, it goes on to reconstruct from documents the lost burgh of Scotland, Roxburgh.
- Add to BasketThe Reivers: The Story Of The Border Reivers - Paperback
This volume tells the remarkable story of the reivers, the brigands and robbers, heroes and villains, who flourished in the border region of England and Scotland.
Alistair Moffat and James F. Wilson explore the history that is printed in our genes, and in a remarkable new approach, uncovers the detail of where we are from, who we are and in so doing colour vividly a DNA map of Scotland.
- Add to BasketTuscany: A History - Hardback
Insightful, readable and imbued with the author's own enthusiasm for Tuscany, this book underlines both the area's regional uniqueness as well as the vital role it has played in the history of the whole of Italy.