History & Archaeology

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    Orkney: A Historical Guide
    C. R. Wickham-Jones - Paperback - Birlinn
    This is a chronological history of Orkney from prehistoric times to the present day, including maps and site plans of the district. Orkney lies only 20 miles north of mainland Scotland, yet for centuries its culture was dominated by Scandinavia.
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    Dumfriesshire In The Great War
    Timothy McCracken - Paperback - Pen & Sword Military
    In Dumfriesshire, the most striking change during the Great War was to occur around Gretna. Here the largest cordite factory in the UK was established, work commencing on the factory in 1915, with completion in 1916. Throughout the region the impact of the First World War was felt greatly by the local communities, which were decimated by the losses suffered during the conflict. The huge influx of workers to HM Factory Gretna disrupted areas of daily life and caused an increase in crime. This book explores the impact of the Great War on Dumfriesshire.
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    The Lighthouse On Skerryvore
    Paul A. Lynn - Paperback - Whittles
    Perched on an isolated rock in the Scottish Hebrides, this is an account of Skerryvore, 'the most graceful lighthouse in the world', and the great Victorian engineer who designed and built it.
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    Scotland's Highlands And Islands
    Neil Wilson - Paperback - Lonely Planet
    With coverage of off-the-beaten-track destinations alongside sections on Scottish history and customs, and outdoor activities, this is a comprehensive guide to the landscape and history of the Scottish Highlands and islands.
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    With Wellington In The Peninsular: The Adventures Of A Highland Soldier, 1808-1814
    - Hardback - Frontline Books
    Few men from the 71st Highland Light Infantry who sailed from Cork with Wellington to Portugal in 1808 returned to the Irish port six years later. The author of this book was one of the survivors and claims only four other men from his company came through the entire six years with him. As one of Wellington's elite Light Infantry units the 71st were in the fore of the fighting in some of the hardest fought battles of the Peninsular War. The book was controversial on its release in 1827 for its unvarnished and unsentimental account of the grim war against the French in Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and France itself. A cynic with a highly developed sense of humour, the author was not afraid to criticise his superiors, be they thieving sergeants or officers who were far from gentlemen.
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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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    Mary Queen Of Scots
    Antonia Fraser - Paperback - Phoenix
    As the subject of a biography, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Antonia Fraser's masterly biography is a fascinating interpretation of the life of a girl destined to die a martyr.
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    Scotland Before The Industrial Revolution: An Economic And Social History, C1050-C1750
    Ian Whyte - Hardback - Routledge
    This portrait of medieval and early modern Scotland through to the Union and its aftermath has no current rival in chronological range, thematic scope and richness of detail. Ian Whyte pays due attention to the wide regional variations within Scotland itself and to the distinctive elements of her economy and society; but he also highlights the many parallels between the Scottish experience and that of her neighbours, especially England. The result sets the development of Scotland within its British context and beyond, in a book that will interest and delight far more than Scottish specialists alone.
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    Scotland's Cruel Sea: Heroism And Disaster Off The Scottish Coast
    Robert Jeffrey - Paperback - Black & White Publishing
    Disaster at sea is a poignant part of Scotland's history, and in this chilling and awe-inspiring book, bestselling author Robert Jeffrey tells the compelling stories of the victims of the ocean deeps. Car ferries, fishing boats, troopers, pleasure yachts and Navy vessels of all sorts, including submarines, have gone to the bottom. And in brave attemots to save those in danger with lifeboats, many have died.
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    The Real World Of Sherlock
    B. J. Rahn - Hardback - Amberley
    Ever wondered where Conan Doyle got his inspiration for the literary sleuth? Was there a real 'study in scarlet' in Victorian London? Who was the real Moriarty, and did he baffle Victorian police detectives? B.J. Rahn explores the world that Sherlock emerged from in this fascinating look at crime and detection in 19th-century London. She explores in turn each aspect of the novels, from footprint analysis and blood testing to drug addiction and political crimes.

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