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'The Scottish Nation 1700-2000'  

by Tom Devine 720 pages  23-9-99   Interested in Scotland and its history? Then this book is essential reading. Spanning the 300 years between the Act of Union and the re-establishment of the Scottish parliament, this history covers all the factors that go to make the nation what it is today.   

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'A Century of the Scottish People 1830 - 1950'  

by T. C. Smout - Paperback 1987  318 pages  I can highly recommend this book as I have found it an invaluable reference over this period in Scottish History.

 

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'A History of the Scottish People 1560 - 1830' 

 by T. C. Smout - Paperback 1985   If you only ever read one social history of Scotland for the period to 1830, this has to be it.

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'Life in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland '  

by Colin Macdonald

 

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'Ancient Castles of Scotland'

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'Ardrossan the Key to the Clyde' 

 by William Kenetick  - Paperback 1993

 

 

 

 

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'Ardrossan Harbour 1805 - 1970'

 by Catriona Levy - Paperback 1988

 

 

 

 

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'Ardrossan Shipyards' 

by Catriona Levy - Paperback 1984

 

 

 

 

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'Whispers of Horse Island' 

by Noreen and John Steele - Paperback 1999 Following on the success of The Tragedy of HMS Dasher, which sold out twice, the sequel, They Were Never Told -The Tragedy of HMS Dasher,  and Burning Ships,  authors Noreen and John Steele have launched their latest book Whispers of Horse Island. Royalties are being donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Horse Island, a small craggy island situated in the Clyde estuary displays a rich scenery and range of birdlife. Only half a mile from the Ayrshire coast, the island's intriguing history is uncovered with tragic tales of tempestuous seas, shipwrecks and lives lost. The Earl of Eglinton's grand plans ruined by a horrendous canal boat disaster. Now managed by the RSPB , it is a haven for birds. The visit to the island by the authors is a delight to read. Noreen and John have collected a fascinating store of information, observation and anecdote about this little known Island.

 

 

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'Old Ardrossan ' 

 by R McSherry - Paperback 1996

 

 

 

 

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'The Parishes of Ardrossan and Stevenston 

by Roy Laughlan  - Paperback 1997

 

 

 

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'Old Stevenston' 

by R McSherry - Paperback 1998

 

 

 

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'The Auchenharvie Colliery: An Early History' 

by Irene Hughson - Paperback  1996

 

 

 

 

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'Ayrshire & Arran - An Illistrated Architectural Guide'

by Rob Close - Paperback 1992

 

 

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'Ayrshire and the Reformation' 

by Margaret H. B. Sanderson - Paperback 1996  This account draws on a wide range of documentary sources, pinpointing developments in a significant region in Scottish Reformation history. The story is set in its social and political context, illuminating events in Ayrshire and of the Reformation in Scotland as a whole.

 

 

 

 

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'The Ayrshire Book of Burns Lore'  

by A. M. Boyle -Paperback  1996

 

 

 

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'Ayrshire Heritage' 

 A. M. Boyle  - Paperback 1990

 

 

 

 

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'Ayrshire Limericks' 

by Ken Andrew  - Paperback 1996

 

 

 

 

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'Ayrshire Recessional and Other Poetry' 

 by Gordon Ian Jarvie  -Paperback 1998

 

 

 

 

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'Hearth Tax for Ayrshire 1691' 

by Robert H. J. Urquhart - Paperback 1998

 

 

 

 

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'Lost Railway Lines in Ayrshire'

 by Alasdair Wham - Paperback 1997

 

 

 

 

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'Memories From Ayrshire' 

by Mike Green - Paperback 1992

 

 

 

 

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'Old Ordinance Survey Maps Of Ayrshire: Newton On Ayr'  

- Paper 1999

 

 

 

 

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'Tales of Ayrshire' 

by Anna Blair - Paperback 

 

 

 

 

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'Ayr 1818' 

by John Wood  1992

 

 

 

 

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'Old Ayr'  

by R Kennedy  - Paperback  1992

 

 

 

 

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'Pictorial History of Ayr'  

by Dane Love  1995

 

 

 

 

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'Port Of Ayr 1727 - 1780' 

by Eric J Graham - Paperbach 1995

 

 

 

 

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'Tramways Of Ayr'

by Ronald W Brash - Hardback 1983

 

 

 

 

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'Reflections of Beith and District' 

by Donald Rees Reid  - Paperback 1994

 

 

 

 

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'Old Catrine and Sorn

 by Rhona Wilson - Paperback 1997'  by Rhona Wilson 

  

 

 

 

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'Colliery Closure and Social Change'

 by John Sewel - Paperback 1975

 

 

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'Colliery Postmarks  1854 - 1995' 

by Frederick William Taylor - Hardback 1997

 

 

 

 

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'Bessie Dunlop : Witch of Dalry

 by John Hodgart - Paperback 1995 

 

 

 

 

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'Britain Since 1789'  

by Martin Pugh - Paperback 1999  This volume offers an introduction to the fundamental social, political and economic changes that took place in Great Britain from the late-18th century to the present day.

 

 

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'The British Century'  

by Brian Moynahan - Paperback 1999

 

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'Celebrating Columbia : Irish - Scottish Connections 597 - 1997' 

 by T. M. Devine - Paperback  1998

 

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 'The Clyde' 

by Michael Moss - Paperback 1996 The men, the docks, the yards and the ships: photographs, captions and text tell the story of the Clyde in this historical study.

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'Clyde Shipwrecks' 

by Peter Moir - Paperback 1997

 

 

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'The Clyde Puffer' 

by Dan MacDonald - Hardback 1996  The lack of a pier was no obstacle to the Clyde Puffer! Her crew would beach her, unload in the shallows and watch the customers wade in and pick up the cargo. Dan McDonald was one of few landsmen to sail with the puffermen, and here his knowledge is illustrated with a collection of photographs.

 

 

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'A Concise History of Britain'  

by W. A. Speck - Paperback 1993   This book provides a concise, illustrated history of Great Britain over the past three centuries, from its formation as a sovereign state between the Union of England and Scotland in 1707 to its partial loss of sovereignty in the accession to the European Community, confirmed in the referendum result of 1975. Professor Speck emphasizes political and social trends. In particular he argues that conservative politics prevailed largely in a deeply conservative society, and that reactionary causes generally obtained more support than radical campaigns.

 

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'Cumnock and Old Cumnock in Picture Postcards'

 by John C M Laurenson    - Hardback 1983

 

 

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'History of Old Cumnock' 

by John Warrick  Leatherbound 1992

 

 

 

 

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'Old New Cumnock' 

by Donald McIver - Paperback 1997

 

 

 

 

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'Pictorial History of Darvel

by James Mair - Paperback 

 

 

 

 

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'Dundonald 1902' 

 1997

 

 

 

 

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'The Early Stuarts' 

by Roger Lockyer - Paperback 1998  This history of the early Stuarts examines the historical controversies using primary sources to understand the central isues. Includes: an analysis of the causes of the Civil War; an assessment of the rule of Charles I; and two new chapters on Scotland and Ireland.

 

 

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'Ancient Scotland'  

by Iain Zaczec - Hardback 160 pages

 

 

 

 

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'Historic Scotland Book of Scottish Castles' 

by Chris Tabraham - Paperback 1997  A study of the castles of Scotland from the 12th century, and the dramatic part that they and their inhabitants have played in Scottish history. The book uses historical, architectural, and literary sources, and provides information from field survey, archaeological excavation and tree-ring dating.

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'The Highland Clearances

 by John Prebble - Paperback  1969

 

 

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'An Illustrated History of Scotland'  

 by Elisabeth Fraser  - Hardback 1996

 

 

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'Pictorial History of Galston'

 by James Mair - Paperback 1988

 

 

 

 

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'Images of Greenock'  

by Anthony McNeil  - Paperback 1998

 

 

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'Images of Dunoon and Cowal' 

 by Scoular Anderson  - Hardback 1998

 

 

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