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A Haverin' History of Scotland

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This irreverent look at Scottish history is a chronological narative of our nation's long and impressive past. From the heights of Bannockburn to the decision to cancel Taggart, it asks the series, hard-hitting questions: is the Perthshire town where to Stone Of Destiny resided pronounced Scone or Scone? How many trees did Bloody Mary have time to plant anyway? Why was footballer Alan Hansen not put in Edinburgh Castles dungeon for bumping into Willie Miller in the 1982 World Cup? And which dentist invented Irn Bru?
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Bloody Scotland: Crime in 19th Century Scotland

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bloody sc crimes
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 harbored 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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Burns - Selected Poems & Songs

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This generous new selection offers Burns's work as it was first encountered by contemporary readers, presenting the texts in the contexts in which they were originally published. It reproduces the whole of Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect published at Kilmarnock in 1786, the volume which made Burns famous; and it reunites a generous selection of songs from The Scots Musical Museum and A Select Collection of Scottish Airs with their full scores. Comprehensive notes describe the circumstances in which other poems and songs found their way into print, both before and after the poet's death. The edition also includes some important letters, and a full glossary to explain Scots words. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe.
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Burns: A Biography

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This is the definitive biography of Robert Burns by the late James Mackay, winner of the Saltire Prize in 1993.Covering every aspect of Burns's life, this thorough biography places him and his poetry in the context of the period in which he lived.
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Castles Map of Scotland

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Pictorial map featuring over 700 castles and fortified houses complete with an easy-to-use index listing visitor information and an attractive selection of photographs.Index comprises map references, the age and type of each castle, public access details, Historic Scotland and National Trust for Scotland ownership, notable grounds and gardens, telephone numbers and websites.- Highlights Scotlands finest castles, castellated mansions and also the best castles for children. - Attractive photographs of a selection of castles, together with a brief account of their history.- A brief history of Scottish castles and information on architectural types and periods of construction.
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History of Scotland Without the Boring Bits

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As an antidote to more sober accounts of Scotland's history, Ian Crofton offers a colourful chronology of the eccentric, the infamous, the bawdy, the horrific and the hilarious people and events that have spattered across the pages of our nation's story. From the Royal High School riot to Marocco the Wonder Horse, from the War of the One-Eyed Woman to the MP cleared of stealing his ex-mistress's knickers, Scottish History without the Boring Bits includes a host of little-known tales that you won't find in more conventional works of history, including the chatelaine who struck a general over the head with a leg of mutton, the cow that gave birth to fourteen puppies, the clan chief who ripped out the throat of his enemy with his teeth, the surgeon who was so fast with the saw that he inadvertently took off his patient's testicles as well as his leg, the mathematician who calculated that the Christian religion would finally disappear in the year 3153.
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Horrible Histories Cracking Castles

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From Tintagel Castle in Cornwall to Skibo Castle in the Scottish highlands, Horrible Histories: Crackin' Castles covers the history of Britain from the time of the Romans to the London Blitz. Filled with adventure, danger, magic, sieges, treachery, spies, revenge and much more besides - all in the classic Horrible Histories style! It's a seriously horrible read.
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Made in Scotland: My Grand Adventures in a Wee Country

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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Where do you come from? It's one of the most basic human questions of all. But there is another question, which might sound a wee bit similar but is actually very different: What do you come from? And, let me tell you, that question can take you all sorts of strange places...' In Made in Scotland, legendary comic and national treasure Billy Connolly returns to his roots, reflecting on his life, his homeland and what it means – then and now – to be Scottish. Full of Billy's distinctive humour, Made in Scotland is a hilarious and heartfelt love letter to the place and the people that made him.
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Mary Queen of Scots (Film Tie In)

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Now a major film, this is a dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary Queen of Scots by one of the leading historians of this period. Who was the real Mary Queen of Scots? The most enigmatic ruler of England lived a life of incredible drama and turmoil: crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months old, and Queen of France at sixteen years, she grew up in the crosshairs of Europe's political battles to become Queen Elizabeth's arch rival. This book tells the story of the fraught and dangerous relationship between these two women of incredible charisma and power – a relationship that began with both seeking a political settlement, but which led them down a path of danger, from which only one could emerge victorious. Previously published as ‘My Heart is My Own’.
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Of Dogs and Men

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Written by renowned storyteller John Barrington, Sheepdog Stories gives and overview of sheepdogs and other collie breeds recorded in history, folklore and poetry. Filled with lively anecdotes, poems and mythological stories, Barrington sets out to map the evolution and bond between man and dog, how dogs developed from wild animals into the beloved companions we know today. He also includes heart warming stories of collies used in life saving operatioins as search and rescue dogs.
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Picturing Scotland: Cairngorms

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This book takes the reader on a circular tour of the region, beginning at Cairngorm Mountain and then proceeding in an anti-clockwise direction. It aims to represent as much in the way of scenery, places of interest, flora and fauna as possible so as to convey the immense variety of all there is to be explored.
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Picturing Scotland: Edinburgh

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A photographic journey around Scotland's capital city that captures its moods and illustrates the principal landmarks and places of interest. Accompanying text by Colin Nutt and Edinburgh resident Callum Cochrane dips into the city's fascinating past and introduces many parts of the city of which many people may not be aware. 16 extra pages allow the book's coverage to be expanded to include many new views. In addition, further new pictures of classic Edinburgh scenes enhance the quality of its coverage. The book has a total of over 120 pictures, 38 of which are new to this edition.
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Picturing Scotland: Loch Ness

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This book aims to introduce the scenic splendour of Loch Ness and its surroundings. Starting at its northern 'annexe' of Loch Dochfour, it takes a circular tour around the loch in an anti-clockwise direction. This means firstly travelling down its northern shore, via the impressive Urquhart Castle, to Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness. The return journey goes up the southern side, taking in the sights at locations such as Suidhe Viewpoint and the Falls of Foyers. Here and there along the way there are minor detours calling at places of interest within easy striking distance of Loch Ness.
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Picturing Scotland: The Borders

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This book begins its journey in Berwick and embarks on a broadly circular tour of the region, during the course of which it aims to present the huge range of sites and scenery that give the Scottish Borders their unique and special charm. The River Tweed, together with its tributaries the Teviot and Yarrow, defines (and drains!) the area and the influence of this iconic river is portrayed in these pages. A sense of the region's turbulent past can also be gained through the many castles and forts that are liberally scattered throughout the Borders. This new collection contains over 120 photographs, 45 of which are new to this edition.
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Scotland: The Autobiography

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A vivid, wide-ranging and engrossing account of Scotland's history, composed of eye-witness accounts by those who experienced it first-hand. Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone and Billy Connolly.These include key historic moments - ranging from Bannockburn and Flodden to the SNP parliamentary victory in 2007 - along with a vast array of wonderfully readable insights into the everyday life of Scotland through the millennia. This is living, accesible history told by crofters, criminals, servants, house-wives, poets, journalists, nurses, politicians, novelists, prisoners, comedians, sportsmen and many more.
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Spirit of Highland Cattle

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With a shaggy forelock and fluffed up calf at its side the Highland cow endears itself to visitors from all over the world, drawn to its rugged beauty and captivated by its unmistakable look. With over 60 classic images and an elegant and informed text, in this pocket-sized hardback Heidi M. Sands truly captures the Spirit of Highland Cattle.
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The Highland Clearances

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In the terrible aftermath of the moorland battle of Culloden, the Highlanders suffered at the hands of their own clan chiefs. Following his magnificent reconstruction of Culloden, John Prebble recounts how the Highlanders were deserted and then betrayed into famine and poverty. While their chiefs grew rich on meat and wool, the people died of cholera and starvation or, evicted from the glens to make way for sheep, were forced to emigrate to foreign lands. ‘Mr Prebble tells a terrible story excellently. There is little need to search further to explain so much of the sadness and emptiness of the northern Highlands today’ The Times.
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Bloody Scottish History: Edinburgh

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Edinburgh is one of the most beautiful cities in the world—with one of the darkest histories on record. Starting with the Roman era, and sweeping through the centuries in a blood-soaked catalogue of battles, diseases, royal deaths, and disasters, this is history as you have never read it before. Read how Lord Drumlanrig once roasted a servant on a spit.  Discover why Station Road used to be caled "Cut-Throat Lane." With horrible tales involving Mary, Queen of Scots, James VI and Bonnie Prince Charlie, as well as the execution of the Marquis of Montrose—and the story of his stolen heart—only the bravest of readers should open it. Containing riots, murders, severed heads, sieges, and the bull’s head that sparked a clan massacre, read it if you dare!
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Dark Knights and Dingy Castles

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Readers can discover all the foul facts about Dark Knights and Dingy Castles, including why one nutty knight chopped off his own finger, the revolting truth about a gong-farmer's job and what went on in gruesome castle garderobes. With a bold look these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans.
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Deadly Irish History - The Vikings

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Irish history isn’t boring ... it’s DEADLY!

And nobody was more DEADLY! than the Vikings who attacked Ireland in the 8th century!

DEADLY! Viking warriors!

DEADLY! Viking ships!

DEADLY! Viking weapons!

But were they really just marauding, murdering maniacs?

The first book in a new series 'Deadly Irish History', The Vikings is jam-packed with all kinds of interesting facts and stories about Viking life. Highly illustrated with cartoons and comic strips as well as illustrating how vikings ships and houses were made, it's also full of things to make and do, quizzes and puzzles.

The world of the Vikings in Ireland is an endlessly fascinating one, so

be like them and go out and EXPLORE!
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Scottish Tartan and Highland Dress: A Very Peculiar History

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book sc tartan history
Created amid rugged Highland hills, tartan is the very symbol of Scotland, a proud beacon of national independence and individual clan loyalty. This fascinating book looks at what is known about these skillfully handcrafted patterns, which have passed down through the centuries. Filled with fun trivia, it attempts to drive some of the wilder, woollier myths back into the misty Celtic twilight.
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A Traveller's Life

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Sheila Stewart is the last in the line of the Stewarts o’ Blair, a travelling family who have made a unique contribution to the musical and oral traditions of Scotland. Her mother was the legendary ‘Queen amang the Heather’, the singer and storyteller Belle Stewart, and her father, Willie Stewart, was a noted piper. Sheila spent her childhood wandering with them all over Scotland, working on farms and experiencing all the highs and lows of the traveller lifestyle. From 1954 she sang in concerts with her parents and her sister Cathie, and they became stars of the folk scene. An acclaimed storyteller and ballad singer, she is in huge demand and has continued to perform up to the present day. This, her long-awaited autobiography, is graphic in its depiction of the sometimes harrowing circumstances of her life, but is also a tribute to the rich and dramatic tradition of which she is one of the last representatives.
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Cabers and Ceilidhs

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Cabers & Ceilidhs by Johns Stinson and Donald Gordon

150 years of the Caledonian Society of Otago. Tossing the caber is a traditional Highland Games event believed to have developed from the practice of tossing logs across streams in order to bridge them. A standard caber is 5.94m tall and weights 79KGs.
Ceilidh (pronounced 'caley') is a Gaelic word for a traditional social gathering.
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Driftwood and Tangle

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Author - Margaret Leigh

Driftwood and Tangle is a moving and poignant memoir of life in the north-west of Scotland just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Margaret Leigh recounts the years she spent in Wester Ross, Moidart, Coigeach and Barra as a crofter, an activity which enabled her to experience the land in all its moods and capture the essence of this remote and beautiful part of Scotland in finely crafted prose. In addition to her evocative description of the land itself, she also has much to say about the people who live there – their traditions and way of life which, at the time of writing, were under threat not only because of the inevitable march of ‘progress’ but also because of a war likely to engulf even this remote corner of Europe.
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Guide for the New Zealand Traveller in Britain

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books nz guide britain
The first and only travel guide written for New Zealand visitors to Britain that features places and things in the United Kingdom that have special historical, sporting and cultural interest for New Zealanders. It contains a fund of fascinating and meaningful information, including places associated with Captain Cook, ports from which the early settlers sailed, war cemeteries of the Anzacs, famous sporting grounds where New Zealand teams have played, church windows, statues and other works of art, pubs and plantations of New Zealand trees. These and other features - all part of the New Zealand story - are listed and vividly described in this ground breaking guide.
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