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'The Great Highland Famine' 

 by T. M. Devine  - Paperback 1996  This is a specialist work for those with an academic interest in the topic. It written in the scholarly style, and is thus more difficult to read than, say, John Prebble's "Highland Clearances". However, this takes nothing away from its systematic illustration of the complex series of events that others, and popular culture, have often reduced to simplistic factors.  Excellent in its coverage and essential reading for anyone with an interest in the topic.

    

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'Girvan'  

-Paperback  1987

 

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'The Glasgow Encyclopedia'  

by Joe Fisher - Hardback 1994  This encyclopaedia reflects the history of Glasgow, from its past as "second city of the Empire" and its early industrialization to its present as a post-industrial city with traumatic inner-city deprivation, and its growing international status, which was recognized in 1990 when it became the United Kingdom's first "City of Culture".

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'Glasgow in Old Picture Postcards' 

 by Donald Lindgren - Paperback 1992

 

 

 

 

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'Glencoe and the End of the Highland War'  

by Paul Hopkins - Paperback 1998

 

 

 

 

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'The Granite City: A History of Aberdeen' 

 by Robert Smith  - Paperback  1998

 

 

 

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'Great Glasgow Stories'

by John Burrowes  - Paperback  1998  Few cities in the world abound with so many extraordinary stories as Glasgow and the best of these are found in this collection. The city has witnessed some of the most significant events of the times; from tremendous triumphs to cataclysmic calamities, amazing achievements to spectacular sensations.

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'The Hutchinson Illustrated Encyclopedia of British History'  

by Ann Pilling  - Paperback 1998   An illustrated A-Z dictionary of British history. Up-to-date with current events to 1995, the coverage begins in prehistory. People, events, movements, terms and battles ar all included along with specially-commissioned feature articles which look at British history in context.

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'The Identity of the Scottish Nation'  

by William Ferguson - Paperback 1997   From the earliest times to the present day, this work traces the origin of Scottish national identity and people's perceptions of it. It covers the Scottish Origin Legend, expressed in the works of medieval chroniclers, to the ideas of contemporary historians. The author also examines such topics as: Gaelic kingship, George Buchanan, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, James Macpherson, Goths versus Gaels, and George Chalmers.

 

 

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'Kilmarnock in Old Picture Postcards' 

 F Beattie  - Hardback 1995

 

 

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'Old Kilwinning 

by Roy Lauchlan - Paperback 1998

 

 

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'Kilwinning in Old Picture Postcards Vol 1'  

 by J Kennedy - Paperback 1996

 

 

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'Kilwinning in Old Picture Postcards Vol 2' 

 by Roy Lauchlan - Paperback 1995

 

 

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'Kilwinning Masonic Lodge'  

by Roy Lauchlan - Hardback 1994

 

 

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'Historic Eglinton' 

by Brian Mitchell - Paperback 1994

 

 

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'A Little History of Scotland'  

by David Ross - Hardback 1995

 

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'Largs and District in Old Picture Postcards' 

 by Andrew Brown -Paperback 1987

 

 

 

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'Old Largs' 

 by R McSherry  - Paperback 1997

 

 

 

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The Lithuanians in Scotland


by John Millar, Jonas Stepsis    


Paperback - 172 pages (29 April, 1998) 
House of Lochar 

Reviews 
Book Description 
The immigrants from Lithuania who arrived in Scotland towards the end of Queen Victoria's reign were part of a general wave of emigration from eastern Europe; many arrived with little more than a willingness to work. The author (aka Jonas Stepsis) is a Lithuanian Scot and he tells the story of his parents' generation - how they struggled to survive and build a new life in the strange and often hostile environment of industrial Scotland and how they managed to preserve their language, culture and traditions. The earliest memories of the Lithuanian community have been obtained through personal interviews and are combined with factual detail from statistical research and contemporary sources. 


Synopsis 
This is the history of a small community which survived persecution and deprivation to build a new life in alien surroundings. The immigrants were met with hostility and naked xenophobia. Keir Hardie tried to raise the rabble against them for "growing fat on four shillings a week". The Lithuanian community, however, made a strong contribution to modern Scotland. The sons and daughters of that community are now fully integrated into the nation, but this is a record of the early years. 

From the Publisher 
Although rather a specialised subject, this is a splendid book which has been well received. 

From the Back Cover 
John Millar is a Scot born of parents who left Lithuania before the Great War to escape persecution and find empkloyment in industrial central Scotland. Through a selection of reminiscences from members of the Lithuanian community in Scotland andf his own detailed research he traces their struggle for survival in an alien world. As Brian Wilson says in his Foreword " It is a story... full of authentic voices which remind us that our communities are made up of many peoples..." 

Excerpted from The Lithuanians in Scotland by John Millar and Jonas Stepsis. Copyright 1998. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved 
"... a speech by (Keir) Hardie himself: 'In former years if a slave escaped in America and crossed to Canada he was a free man, but here we have a batch of men labelled "Glengarnock, Ayrshire" and sent from their homes into our midst for the purpose of bringing you down, if possible, to their level. The authorities are at fault to allow it in view of their filthy habits." p67, an example of a xenophobic speech to a miners' meeting. 



 

 

 

 

 

 

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'Lochwinnoch in Old Picture Postcards' 

by John Fyfe Anderson  - Paperback 1997 

 

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'Maybole Street Map'  

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'Maybole Carrick's Capital' 

by James T Gray - Paperback 1982

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'Old Muirkirk and Glenbuck' 

by David Pettigrew  - Paperback 1996

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'Historic Aspects of Newmilns'  

 - Hardback  1988

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'Pictorial History of Newmilns' 

by James Muir - Paperback 

 

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'Saltcoats in Old Picture Postcards' 

 by Roy Lauchlan - Paperback 1995

 

 

 

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'Old Saltcoats'  

by R McSherry  - Paperback 1995

 

 

 

 

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'Maps for Family History' 

by William Foot - Paperback 1994 This is an introduction to the three great land surveys of modern times. The book should be of interest to family historians, land and agricultural historians, and those interested in the history of their village or cottage.

 

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'The Mark of the Scots'  

by Duncan A. Bruce - Paperback 1998  Comments:- The most enjoyable history book ever written. I know of nothing ever written of any people that has been as fascinating and enlightening as Duncan Bruce's "The Mark of the Scots". This should be required reading for all, especially in schools in the USA. The complete story of the part which the Scots have played in world history is an unbelievable but true fact which should be made known to everyone.

 

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'The Massacre of Glencoe' 

 by John Buchan  Paperback 1999

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'Milngavie in Old Picture Postcards' 

 by Sheena Peters  - Paperback 1994

 

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'Monklands in Old Picture Postcards'  

by Eric Murray Pope - Paperback 1993

 

 

 

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'Old Gourock' 

 by Wilson Holland  - Paperback 1998

 

 

 

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'Old Scotland, New Scotland' 

 by Jeff Fallow  - Paperback 1998

 

 

 

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'On The Trail Of William Wallace'  

by David Ross  -Paperback 1999

 

 

 

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'The Oxford Companion to British History'  

by John Cannon  Hardback 1997 This is a reference book on the history of Britain from 55 BC to the present day. Drawing on academic research, the top scholars in the subject present over 4000 entries which reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this immense and fascinating subject. It contains both essay- length articles and short, quick-reference entries which cover economic, social, medical, cultural, scientific, and feminist aspects of history as well as the political, constitutional, and military. 

 

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'The Oxford Companion To Local and Family History' 

  by David Hey  - Paperback 1998   The last 30 years have seen a huge growth of interest in local and family history both as a subject for the general enthusiast and as an area of academic study. With over 2000 entries, this "Companion" provides detailed summaries of the latest knowledge in such fields as social, urban, agricultural, legal, family, and ecclesiastical history. Covering a broad canvas, from prehistory to the present day, and taking in the whole of the British Isles, the "Companion" paints a picture of rural and urban life.

 

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'Pleasures and Pastimes in Victorian Britain' 

 by Pamela Horn

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'Prestwick 1908'  

 - Paperback 1998

 

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'Scotland in the Nineteenth Century'  

by John F. McCaffrey  - Paperback 1998    Why, despite the unifying pressures of social and economic change within Britain, did Scotland remain a distinctive society in the 19th century? In this study of the period between 1800 and 1914, the author assesses the importance of political and administrative responses as well as social and economic forces in shaping modern Scotland.

 

 

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'Scotland 100 Years Ago' 

 by Raymond Lamont-Brown  - Paperback 1997

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'Scotland:  A Concise History' 

 by James Halliday  - Paperback 1996

 

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'Scottish Battles' 

by John Saddler  - Paperback 1996    Scottish history has been shaped and defined by a series of great battles. From Mons Graupius to Culloden, this book shows how terrain and politics shaped the campaigns and decisive engagements still remembered today. Each chapter also features sections on the developments of warfare: its tactics, equipment and styles of fighting.

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'Scottish Historical Documents'  

by Gordon Donaldson - Paperback 1997   This is a facsimile reprint of Professor Gordon Donaldson's most essential research book. It contains important historical documents, from Bede in the eighth century to the Articles of Union in 1707.

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'Staffordshire - Stafford'  

by J Anslow - Paperback 1995

 

 

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'Standards of Living in the Late Middle Ages'  

by Christopher Dyer - - Paperback 1989    This book explores the material realities of everyday life in English society between 1200 and 1520. It looks in turn at aristocrats, peasants, townsmen and paupers and examines how they obtained and spent their incomes. The available evidence of their food, possessions and housing is also analyzed. The focus of the book is on the varying fortunes of different social groups during the inflation of the 13th century, the crises of the 14th and the apparent depression of the 15th. Dr Dyer explains the changes not just by the accidents of weather and disease but also in terms of the dynamics of a social and economic system subjected to stimuli and stresses. As a consequence of discussing material life, the book necessarily touches on problems of social mentality and psychology.

 

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'The Stewart Dynasty' 

 by Stewart Ross  - Hardback  1993

 

   

 

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'Travelling Scot' 

 by Christopher Harvie, Tom Nairn  - Paperback 1999

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'Troon 1909'   

Paperback 1988

 

 

 

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'Troon in Old Picture Postcards' 

by Stuart C Wylie - Hardback 1991

 

 

 

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'Troon Memories' 

 by Mae McEwan - Paperback 1996

 

 

 

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'Villages of Glasgow Vol 2'  

by A Smart  - Paperback 1996

 

   

 

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"In Pursuit of Sir William Wallace"
by Craufuird C. Loudoun

This book has been well researched and details many places that Sir William Wallace was reputed to have been throughout his life. Maps and descriptions have been added for the reader's benefit, so that the trail can be followed to seek out the history. The question of Wallace's birthplace has been answered here, although I'm sure the subject will lead to more controversy. A well written, clear and concise book with all the detail required for a reader new to the subject.

 

 

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"Tales of Sir William Wallace "

ByTom Scott

 

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'Yesterday's Britain'  

Readers Digest Book  - Hardback  1998 Takes a journey back through time to discover and re-discover the changing lives of the British during the 20th century. Personal anecdotes, eyewitness accounts and intimate stories create a "family history" of the British people, accompanied by over 600 illustrations and photographs.

 

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