British & Irish History

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    Curious Scotland: Tales From A Hidden History
    George Rosie - Hardback - Granta
    George Rosie unearths and illuminates many neglected aspects of Scottish history in a rich collection of episodes that range from the Picts to the Indian tribes of North America.
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    Castles Of The Clans: The Strongholds And Seats Of 750 Scottish Families And Clans
    Martin Coventry - Paperback - Goblinshead
    This work investigates the strongholds and seats of Scotland families and clans. Organized by clan name, there follows information on the history and origins of the family, and any castles, towers, and historic houses which they owned.
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    I Never Knew That About The Scottish
    Christopher Winn - Paperback - Ebury Press
    Turning his attention to the Scottish people, author Christopher Winn takes us on an eye-opening journey around the nation, discovering the intriguing and surprising ways the places and their history contribute to the Scottish character.
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    A Drop In The Ocean: The Story Of The Isle Of Muck
    Polly Pullar - Paperback - Birlinn
    Polly Pullar tells the tale of one of the Hebrides, unique thriving small communities through the colourful anecdotes of Lawrence MacEwen, who family have owned the island since 1896. A wonderfully benevolent, and eccentric character, his passion and love for the island and its continuing success, has always been of the utmost importance. He has kept diaries all his life and delves deep into them, unveiling a uniquely human story, punctuated with liberal amounts of humour, as well as heart-rending tragedy, always dominated by the vagaries of the sea. Filled with fascinating and extraordinary tales and priceless observations, this is not only a highly entertaining read but is also an important part of Scottish social history.
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    Edinburgh On This Day: History, Facts & Figures From Every Day Of The Year
    Ian Colquhoun - Hardback - Pitch
    'Edinburgh on this Day' revisits the most magical and memorable moments from the city's fascinating history, mixing a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistible diary - with an entry for every day of the year.
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    Bloody Scotland
    Malcolm Archibald - Paperback - Black & White Publishing
    In the 19th century Scotland was depicted as a land of misty glens, engineering innovation and inventive genius. But Scotland was also the home of brutal murder, terrifying riots, child cruelty, bank robbery and acid attack. Women as well as men were capable of horrendous acts, and crime could strike anywhere: at home, on the road and even at sea. From the Borders to the Northern Isles, crime was never far away. Edinburgh, with its reputation for polite decorum, was also the scene of poisoning and savagery; the dark streets of industrial Glasgow and Dundee harboured thieves and muggers, while the villages of coast and country hid wild men and vicious women. This book exposes some of the crimes, remembered and forgotten, that rocked the Scotland of our ancestors.
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    Thistle Versus Rose: Scotland, England And 700 Years Of Love, Hatred And Indifference
    - Paperback - Sceptre
    A hilarious miscellany of Anglo-Scots rivalry celebrating 700 years of love, hatred and indifference - published to mark the Scottish Independence referendum.
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    Best Of Scotland
    John Macleod - Hardback - Birlinn
    From bagpipes, haggis, whisky and the midge to The Falkirk Wheel, John Knox, Loch Lomond and Dolly the Sheep, this book is a fascinating celebration of Scotland that will appeal to visitors and locals alike.
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    The Invention Of Scotland: Myth And History
    H. R. Trevor-Roper - Paperback - Yale University Press
    Trevor-Roper argues that while Anglo-Saxon culture spawned next to no myths, myth has played a central role in the development of Scottish identity. He explores three such myths - the political myth of the 'ancient constitution' of Scotland, the literary myth (Walter Scott, Ossian) and the myth of tartan and the kilt.
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    Miscellany Of The Scottish History Society
    - Hardback - Scottish History Society
    Miscellanys published by the Scottish History Society bring together critical editions of important and previously unpublished manuscripts of relevance to Scottish history. As well as providing transcriptions, the editors introduce and explain the context of documents which have been neglected or even unknown to historians, providing a valuable resource for researchers, students, and all those interested in exploring Scottish history through the original sources. Volume XV of the miscellany focuses on the turbulent middle decades of the seventeenth century, offering editions of three vital but previously unpublished manscript sources for this period.

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