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Scotland's Churches

Pilgrim Guide to Scotland, by Donald Smith
The concept of pilgrimage is undergoing major revival as a contemporary form of spirituality and faith in Scotland. Pilgrim Guide to Scotland is a comprehensive introduction to Scotland's major pilgrim routes, past and present. It covers every region and and offers inclusive, simple devotional directions related to each journey. The book follows each pilgrim journey as a story and as an experience accompanied by simple route and geographical information for walking and travelling in a variety of ways.

Freedom & Faith, by Donald Smith
What part - if any - should spirituality play in the Scottish independence Debate? Discussions about Scottish identity are most often defined by political, cultural, social, ethical and international questions. But is there a spiritual or religious dimension to our identity that we really need to understand? In challenging and absorbing style, Donald Smith sets out to help us to unravel the fundamental spiritual dimension of Scottish identity and enables us to confront our national potential and our demons as never before.



Scottish Church History

Reformation, the Dangerous Birth of the Modern World, by Harry Reid
The distinguished Scottish journalist and editor, Harry Reid, has long had a fascination with the Reformation, one of the epochal events in world history.Here he offers his personal take on this momentous subject. Moving between Switzerland, the German states, Italy, England and Scotland, he breathes life into the extraordinary personalities of that era from Luther to Knox and Loyola to Calvin and many others.

Trinity of Saints, how Ninian, Columba and Mungo brought Christianity to Scotland
Sixteen hundred years separate us from the dawn of Christianity in Scotland. Roderick Graham reveals what Scotland was like before Ninian, Columba and Kentigern and explores the nature of the Christianity that they brought. He seeks answers to the question of Ninian's existence and the arrival of Christianity at Whithorn, why Columba came to Iona, who the mysterious Culdees were, the fate of Kentigern's mother and why Kentigern met with Columba in Paisley - and he unveils the pivotal role of the synod at Whitby in 664.



Scottish History

A History of Scotland by J D Mackie
A history that is equally entertaining and enlightening, illustrating the changes of power between England and Scotland and the Highland and Lowland populations. It shows how Duncan (1034-40) emerged from 'the union of the four peoples' as the first king of a united Scotland and provides detailed, reign-by-reign accounts from then on. Above all Professor Mackie reveals how the Scots long pursued an independent line - in religion, law, culture and foreign policy - that helped them keep at bay the Romans, the French and the English.

Scotland - A New History by Michael Lynch
Scotland is the first full-length, one-volume history of the country for more than twenty years. It spans twenty centuries, from the Picts to the present day. Columba, Bannockburn, Robert Bruce, the nobles, Home Rule, Kenneth mac Alpin, the Wars of Independence, the union of the crowns, Mary, Queen of Scots, the Convenanters, the Reformation, Flodden, the industrial revolution, James VI, Thomas Chalmers, the union of parliaments, John Knox, the Canmore dynasty, Glencoe, the Enlightenment, the Highland Clearances, devolution, the Jacobites...



History of Scottish Architecture

Scottish Architecture by Glendinning, Miles & MacKechnie, Aonghus
This is a concise, up-to-date survey that provides for the visitor or resident an overview of Scotland's finest buildings and its long line of architectural geniuses.

Scotland's Best Churches by John R Hume
The fascinating variety of Scotland's church buildings is rarely appreciated. Many are hidden away in remote country areas, or in parts of towns and cities not often visited. Others are critical to the 'sense of place' that makes settlements recognised and loved. In this book, 184 churches still used for worship are illustrated with line drawings and photographs, with pithy texts drawing out where they fit into the fabric of Scotland, and into nearly a thousand years of church construction. Some are well known and widely loved; others will surprise and delight.



RIAS Illustrated Architectural Guides

Caithness, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Elizabeth Beaton
This guide traces the architectural history and development of Caithness through examination of the wide range of buildings associated with the coast and the country, castle and church, and the principal contrasting towns of Wick and Thurso. Covering buildings old, new and occasionally demolished and including many historical anecdotes about the personalities connected with the area, this guide should be of general interest to tourists and locals, as well as those with a specific interest in architecture.

Orkney, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Leslie Burgher
An illustrated architectural guide to the built memory of Orkney's history, from a 12th-century cathedral to an Italian wartime chapel; from north-west Europe's oldest dwelling to one of Scotland's finest Renaissance palaces; from the brochs of the Iron Age to the 19th- and 20th-century fortifications around Scapa Flow: from such is comprised the built memory of Orkney's history. Through the islands' buildings, a glimpse of the long and richly woven threads of their history can be seen.

Ross & Cromarty, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Elizabeth Beaton
An architectural guide to Ross and Cromarty, which stretches from the east to west coasts of Scotland, from Black Isle to sub-tropical garden, from the ancient communities of Tain and Dingwall to the British Fisheries Society village of Ullapool.

Shetland, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Mike Finnie
Scotland's northerly fringe consists of islands scattered over a wide sea under a vast, everchanging sky. A Norse land and a stepping stone to the extended Nordic empire, Shetland did not pass to Scots rule until the 15th century and much Scandinavian influence remains. The Shetlander has had to be resourceful when faced by the most limited of natural materials and by a harsh environment. Vernacular buildings dominate with some building types unique to these islands.

Sutherland, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Elizabeth Beaton
This book shows how the ecclesiastical and secular history of Sutherland is mirrored in its architecture, how the settlement patterns can still be interpreted and how the social history can be observed through these buildings.

The Western Seaboard, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Mary Meirs
This richly illustrated handbook reveals how the architecture of the Western Seaboard - the West Highlands and Islands - has transformed itself through at least four cultures - a compelling story of survival and revival. It is a story of holy men and holiday-makers, seafarers, warriors and crofters, and of the enduring infulences of relition and clanship in the face of repeated waves of modernisation. This is the ideal accompaniment for anyone withing to visit some of the most haunting landscapes in the world and learn something of those who inhabit them.

Aberdeenshire Donside & Strathbogie, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Shepherd, Ian
This is Castle Country reaching from the foothills of the Cairngorms, through the grain-girnel of the Garioch, to the coastal villages of Collieston and Newburgh. Kildrummy, Huntly, Castle Fraser, Leith Hall, Meldrum House. Classic Scots towns abound, amongst which Huntly is a revelation and Inverurie, Alford, Ellon Kintore and Oldmeldrum are rewarding. Improved farms, mills, kirks - even Modern Movement buildings, such as the elegant Inverurie Hospital - are here...

Banff & Buchan, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean
Published by Rutland Press, the "Illustrated Architectural Guides" produced by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) together form a truly magnificent undertaking. Taking a particular area of the country, each book describes, settlement by settlement, all the architecturally significant buildings: many of which are also illustrated with black and white photographs. This book covers the north-east corner of Aberdeenshire.

Deeside & The Mearns, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Jane Geddes
he Highland Fault splits Deeside and the Mearns into distinct areas. The mellow sandstone of the Mearns creates lush plough land and small clusters of old farming villages, with snug fishing hamlets squeezed between unforgiving cliffs. Stonehaven, with its ancient and accessible harbour, is the key town in the area. The stubborn granite of Deeside provides a dramatic landscape from the heights of the Cairngorms to the awesome rocky reaches of the river. Abundantly illustrated with over 600 images, this book provides a concise and vivid guide to an area of outstanding visual beauty.

Aberdeen, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by W A Brogden
In this revised and updated edition of the popular guide to Aberdeen, expert Dr Bill Brogden exposes the history of a city through its architecture and topography. This richly illustrated guide helps to unravel the city’s history, how it has expanded and changed since its development from the 12th Century and how modern influences such as the oil industry are contributing to this story.

Dundee, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean and David Walker
The regeneration of the city of Dundee is the focus of this book - mills refurbished for housing, the Discovery Centre, castles restored and re-used, public art and pedestrianization and one of the most inspiring technology parks in Scotland.

Gordon, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Ian Shepard
An architectural guide to Gordon, which stretches from the foothills of the Cairngorms to the coast, a landscape of rich farmland, small towns, country kirks and, above all, castles - Kildrummy, Castle Fraser, Huntly, Leith Hall and Meldrum House, amongst others.

Moray, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean
An illustrated architectural guide to the district of Moray, which covers the fishing villages east of the Spey, the uplands of Grange and the Highlands of Glenlivet, the castles of Darnaway, Duffus, Balvenie, Auchindoun and Spynie, gentle mansions and mysterious churches.

Edinburgh, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean
An architectural guide to the city of Edinburgh - the 16th/17th-century capital of Scotland with celebrated Georgian New Town, confident Victorian banks, tenements and mansions, outlying castles, villages and lairds' houses. Inexplicably out-of-print, but available second-hand.

Midlothian, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Jane Thomas
This book traces the history and development of Midlothian from its royal palace at Dalkeith to the industrial activity around Bilston and Newtongrange. It also features historical anecdotes about the personalities connected with the region.

Borders & Berwick, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles A Strang
A guide to the Scottish Borders and Tweed Valley - the Border abbeys, towers and brochs, the rivers Tweed and Teviot, the mills, the grand houses, home farms and workers' cottages are all tied together by the river creating a rich tapestry of interwoven interests.

West Lothian, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by R Jaques and C McKean
An illustrated architectural guide to West Lothian, the 17th-century garden of Scotland. The book covers chateaux, Hopetoun House, the House of the Binns, Blackness Castle and Linlithgow Palace. Mining, paraffin, iron-working, timber-trading and shoe-making were principal industries of the area.

Clackmannan & the Ochils, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Adam Swan
An illustrated architectural guide to Clackmannan and the Ochils with its rich heritage of early woollen mills and mill villages. Coal and silver mines and the largest surviving tannery in Scotland coexist with the finest tower houses in Scotland - Clackmannan, Castle Campbell and Sauchie.

Falkirk & District, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Richard Jaques
This is the fascinating story of how a relatively small area at the crossroads of Scotland's Lowlands, bloodied but unbowed after centuries of internecine strife, Roman occupation and harassment by the English, became the engine room of Scotland's industrial might. Read about Dunmore and its mouth-watering Pineapple, the great castles of Airth, Torwood, Almond and Castle Cary, and Kinneil House with the finest Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland. Trace Roman Wall and canal as they weave across the district and marvel at the Falkirk Wheel.

Fife, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Glen L Pride
A revised edition to the best-selling guide to the Kingdom of Fife; its rich diversity, its unique geography an stormy history. Buildings range from the hermit's cell to the cathedral, from weavers cothouse to royal palace and from horsemill to power station with anecdotes from such celebrated commentators such as Sir Walter Scott, Boswell & Johnson, Daniel Defoe, RL Stevenson and John Buchan.

Perth & Kinross, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Nick Haynes
The 'Fair City' of Perth was second only to Berwick in terms of wealth by 1200 and a meeting place of parliaments and general councils. Magical buildings abound in the surrounding countryside: Taymouth Castle, Dunkeld Cathedral and Blair Castle. Great writers, artists, musicians, architects, and engineers have all responded to the great natural beauty of the area. The book finishes in Kinross-shire, the second smallest county, where architects William Bruce and William Adam built their homes, and where Mary, Queen of Scots, was held prisoner in Lochleven Castle.

Stirling & the Trossachs, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean
An illustrated architectural guide to Stirling and the Trossachs. Three of Scotlands finest pieces of medieval architecture are to be found here - Stirling and Doune Castles and Dunblane Cathedral. Westwards to Loch Lomond and north to Killin are stately homes, hunting lodges and castles.

Central Glasgow, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Charles McKean, Frank A Walker and David Walker
An illustrated architectural guide to the history and character of the city of Glasgow, in all its incarnations - great ecclesiastical city, the city of the unimaginably wealthy tobacco lords, merchant city, cotton city, industrial city and second city of the Empire.

Ayrshire & Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Rob Close
Ayrshire has a varied range of architectural splendours. Within the boundaries of the three provinces can be found some of the greatest country seats of Scotland and many reminders of the industrial past. This illustrated architectural guide looks at the work of Robert Adam and many others.

The Monklands, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Allan Peden
An architectural guide to the Monklands, the New Scotland of the Industrial Revolution and a land of brazen contrasts - patrician country houses and fourteen-to-a-room lodgings, tobacco lords' pleasure grounds and immense slag heaps, coalmasters' mansions and coalminers' hovels.

Dumfries & Galloway, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by John Hume
Dumfries and Galloway is a distinctive, delightful and richly varied land, set between the hills of the Southern Uplands, and the Solway Firth and Irish Sea. Its buildings are linked to great names in Scottish history St Ninian, Robert the Bruce, the Lady Devorguilla, Robert Burns, Thomas Carlyle and James Clerk Maxwell among them and with influential architects, including James Smith, the Adam family, William Burn and David Bryce. A microcosm of Scotland, this lesser-know region demands investigation. This guide leads the way, and invites the reader to explore further.

The North Clyde Estuary, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Frank Arneil Walker
The architecture and historical delights in this guide demonstrate the diversity of an area whose common boundary is the River Clyde - iron age forts, austere chapels raised by Celtic saints, great castles like round-towered Rothesay and the stronghold of Dumbarton.

The South Clyde Estuary, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Frank Arneil Walker
An illustrated architectural guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew which covers shipyards and docks at Renfrew, Port Glasgow and Greenock, Victorian grandeur in Paisley and suburban houses in Kilmacolm.

Greater Glasgow, an Illustrated Architectural Guide by Sam Small
Great ecclesiastical city, Tobacco Lord city, Merchant City, cotton city, industrial city, second city of the Empire: Glasgow has been all of these. Companion volume to Central Glasgow, this book focuses upon the architectural treasures of the outer suburbs and ancient villages. From Govan to Easterhouse, from the Cathkin Braes to Shieldhall, from West End to 'Sou-side': this Guide tells the story of Glasgow through its buildings; built for bishops, merchants, industrial machines and for its own people; the architecture of the city is at once its memory and its future.



Pevsner Architectural Guides

Aberdeenshire North & Moray, by David W Walker and Matthew Woodworth
This volume is the first of two to illuminate the buildings of the northeast of Scotland. It covers Aberdeenshire's historic districts of Formartine, Buchan, and Banff and the whole of Moray. Picturesque former fishing villages cling to the rugged coastline, while the inland rivers support some of the most famous whisky distilleries in Scotland. Also included are examples of the finest medieval ecclesiastical architecture, major country houses, as well as the churches and public buildings of the numerous planned settlements, villages, and major towns

Edinburgh: Buildings of Scotland by John Gifford
The historic capital of Scotland is well known as a fortified medieval city with castle and crown-steepled church, its Royal Mile leading down to the Abey and Palace of Holyrood; as a merchant city of the Stuart period with Parliament House and closely built houses and tenements; as a Georgian town with the largest sequence of planned developments in Britain; as a Victorian town of churches and banks, hotels and pubs, of quiet surburbs; and as a twentieth-century city where the Festival and its Fringe have encouraged the rediscovery of old buildings and the planning of new ones.

Lothian (except Edinburgh): Buildings of Scotland by Colin McWilliam
Lothian boasts some of Scotland's most picturesque villages and fine Georgian towns, but its architectural history goes back to the twelfth century. Lothian also has fine church buildings and a variety of lesser churches. Tower-houses are reminders of war and conflict, fine classical mansion houses reflect more peaceful and prosperous years. Lothian's achievements of the Industrial Revolution range form the simplicity of Telford's Lothian Bridge to the dramatic and celebrated spans of the Forth Rail Bridge.

Glasgow: Buildings of Scotland by Elizabeth Williamson
A gazetteer, guiding the reader to the notable developments and buildings of every kind throughout the city centre and all of Glasgow's suburbs. Introductory essays shed a broader light on the city's development and its architecture.

Fife: Buildings of Scotland by John Gifford
Fife's most famous buildings include Dunfermline Abbey, St Andrews cathedral, the kirk at Burntisland; the palace of Falkland, and the little royal burghs along the coastal fringe, each with its harbour presided over by the kirk and tollbooth. Less well known are Fife's tower houses and the industrial centre of Kirkcaldy. This is a guide to all the architecture that Fife has to offer.

Perth & Kinross: Buildings of Scotland by John Gifford
Perth and Kinross, at the geographical heart of Scotland, contain buildings which range from the remains of a Roman line of forts, early historic hill forts, carved stones, and mottes, castles and tower houses. Blair Castle's mid-eighteenth century stucco work, sumptuous Gothic palaces of Scone and Taymouth Castle and a multitude of smaller country houses embrace a variety of styles (classical, Italianate, castellated and Baronial), while Georgian and Victorian churches, many with superb stained glass, abound.

Highlands & Island: Buildings of Scotland by John Gifford
This volume covers the vast area of the Highland region, the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland and highlights buildings and monuments as varied as its landscapes: brochs and standing stones, cathedrals and abbeys, churches of every period and denomination. Castles and tower-houses and a string of Hanoverian forts contrast with prehistoric farmsteads and Georgian and Victorian farmhouses. Country houses range from ducal splendour at Dunrobin, through Georgian elegance, to expressions of the high ideals and simple life of the Arts-&-Crafts movement.

Dumfries & Galloway: Buildings of Scotland by John Gifford
The turbulent history of this border region, with its varied landscape of coastal plain, moorland and forest, is reflected in strong-walled castles at lonely Auchencass, Caerlaverock and Sanquhar, and in its many tower houses. Equally majestic are the medieval abbeys of Dundrennan, Glenluce and Sweetheart, and the great Baroque ducal palace at Drumlanrig. Lighthouses, farm steadings and small burghs, with their churches and tolbooths, are among the more modest and peaceful charms of this unspoilt south-west corner of Scotland.

Argyll & Bute: Buildings of Scotland by Frank Arneil Walker
Across a wonderful swathe of natural beauty stretching from the Atlantic islands and sea-lochs of Argyll to the softer landscape of Bute and the banks of the Clyde, architecture makes its mark: mysterious and poignant in ruinous brochs, stone circles and lone Celtic crosses; aggressive and confident, castles exploding out of rock and loch, like Sween and Dunstaffnage: elegant and urbane like the white-walled streets of Inveraray.

Borders: Buildings of Scotland by Kitty Cruft
This comprehensive and revealing guide also seeks out little-known shooting and fishing lodges, rural steadings, Arts and Crafts villas, Art Deco schools Miesian purity in a designer's studio. Such ingredients make the Borders one of the most romantic and architecturally enticing regions of Scotland.

Stirling and Central Scotland: Buildings of Scotland by John Gifford & Frank Arneil Walker
Stirling and Central Scotland straddles the divisions between Highland and Lowland, rural and industrial Scotland. Castles, tower houses, country houses, villas, cathedrals and churches. The buildings of the many towns and picturesque villages are just as varied, from the medieval, to the Victorian, and the redevelopment of blitzed Clydebank. Industrial collieries, mills, shipyards and ironworks are recalled as are notable twentieth century buildings including schools, the University of Stirling's lakeside campus while the twenty first century has opened with construction of the Millennium Wheel at Falkirk.

Ayrshire and Arran by Rob Close
Ayrshire and Arran is an area of striking contrasts. Its landscape ranges from dune-backed sands to rolling pastures to moors. Highlights include the monument at the Skelmorlie Aisle in Largs; the stones of Machrie Moor; medieval castles and planned towns; early churches and abbeys; and some of the best-known country houses, Culzean Castle and Dumfries House. From railway bridges to farmsteads, town halls to Edwardian villas, this new Pevsner guide presents a comprehensive look at life in the county through its buildings.

Dundee and Angus by John Gifford
Dundee is the fourth largest of Scotland's cities and has some of the finest ecclesiastical, public, commercial and industrial buildings in the country, evidence of its Victorian pre-eminence as a port and manufacturing centre. But beyond the city lies rural Angus, possessing fine Pictish and early Christian monuments, major medieval ecclesiastical survivals at Brechin and Abroath, tower houses, castles and country houses from Edzell, with its remarkable formal garden, to the vast Baronial fantasy of Glamis and William Adam's House of Dun.