Three Island Lives: The Story of the Campbell Triplets of South Uist

The life story of Christine, Mary and Theresa Campbell – triplets born in 1952 to a crofting family in South Uist. They were the first identical triplets to be born on the Islands for over 60 years. Three of fourteen children born to Catherine and Angus Campbell, they grew up in a typical four-roomed croft…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland
Subjects: crofting, Hebrides, South Uist, triplets

The Poet Chief: Alexander Robertson, 13th Struan, 1670-1749

In the spring of 1749, having made his peace with God, an old man was dying. His bed lay amid the remains of a burnt-out thatched cottage on the southern shore of Loch Rannoch in Perthshire. So was ending the life of Alexander Robertson, 13th of Struan, one of the most famous – some would…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Highlands, Jacobite, Loch Rannoch, Stuarts

Patrick Sellar As A Young Man (1801-1810)

The mention of the name of Patrick Sellar arouses strong emotions among Highlanders everywhere symbolising as it does a chapter in Scottish history which has been remembered for well nigh two-hundred years. In 1814 Sellar, set about removing the crofters from his land in Sutherland in order to indulge his new found passion for sheep…


Genre: Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Elgin, Highland Clearances, Sutherland

A Case Of Export: Reflections On A Clydeside Childhood

In his first book, A Vintage Port, John Brown recalled his early life in Greenock and Port Glasgow – those twin towns clinging to the south bank of the River Clyde – reminiscing about his childhood and early days in Port Glasgow. Now, in A Case of Export, John continues his story. Education at Greenock…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Series: Reflections on a Clydeside Childhood | Subjects: Clyde, Clydeside, Greenock, Greenock Academy, John Brown, Port Glasgow

The Slave Boy: The life of Olaudah Equiano

This is the harrowing, emotional story of Olaudah Equiano, The Father of Black Literature, who, in 1789, set out to end the slave trade. The Life of Olaudah Equiano is curriculum-linked both in the United States (Grade 8) and in Britain (History Key Stage 3 and Universities: The Enlightenment). Olaudah Equiano and his sister were…


Genre: Biography, Faction, Librario
Subjects: abolition, Africa, Barbados, Father of Black Literature, Olaudah Equiano, slave ships, Slave trade, West Indies, Wilberforce

The Memoirs Of Emily Loch: Discretion In Waiting;

The end of an era seen through the eyes of a lady-in-waiting. This particular lady-in-waiting, Emily Loch, came to know Alix, Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt, who became Alexandra the last Tsarina of Russia, from her early years. Emily was associated with the family of Helena, Princess Christian, Queen Victoria’s fifth child and, was lady-in-waiting to Princess…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Emily Loch, England, Germany, Imperial Royal Family, lady-in-waiting, Princess Christian, Princess Helena, Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt, Queen Victoria, Romanov, Russia, Scotland, Tsar Nicholas, Tsarina

Frogs In The Well

Leslie Mallam was born in 1895 and served both within the British and Indian armies. But it was his expertise as an administrator in the Indian Political  Service for which he is remembered today. Leslie Mallam served in the 28th Punjabis in Waziristan, the 2nd Bengal Lancers and fought with the 27th Light Cavalry during…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: 27th Light Cavalry, Bengal Lancers, Deacon of Eckington, Diocese of Worcester, Frontier Province, Humayan Khan, India, Indian Political Service, Leslie Mallam, North West Frontier, Pakistan, Partition, Pathan, Punjab, Waziristan

Scotland’s Heroes, Rembered & Forgotten

In this book, filled with colourful figures past and present, John Lindsey reveals the background of the many personalities honoured with a statue in their own country. With great historical accuracy and humour he takes the reader on a journey across Scotland, disclosing little-known facts about the figures of William Wallace, Andrew Carnegie as well…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history, Travel
Subjects: Carnegie, Desperate Dan, Grey Friars Bobby, Robert Burns, William Wallace

25 Chapters Of My Life; The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna – The Last Grand Duchess of Russia

This link to the BooksFromScotland.com website (run by Publishing Scotland) will take you to an extract from the book. It is an account of how the Grand Duchess fled with her family at the outbreak of the February Revolution in 1917.   The Grand Duchess Olga wrote her memoirs as a personal account of the…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Alexander III, Imperial Russia, Nicholas II, Romanov, Russia, Russian history, Russian Revolution, Soviet Union, USSR, World War I

Merely A Memorandum: From Spain to Waterloo in Wellington’s Army; The Personal Account of Lieutenant Donald Mackenzie of The Black Watch

At the heart of this book is the personal account written by a young Highland Scot, a lieutenant in the famous 42nd Highland Regiment (The Black Watch) caught up in the struggle to get rid of the Dictator then over-running Europe and threatening to invade Britain, exactly as Hitler did some 130 years later. Donald…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: 42nd Royal Highland Regiment, Black Watch, Duchess of Gordon, Napoleon, Peninsula War, Wellington

The Good Sir James: The Life of James Grant of Castle Grant

Life in the north of Scotland during the eighteenth century for most people, was rudimentary at best. The national government was remote and local government unheard of, leaving social organization to the community. James Grant of Grant was born at Castle Grant in 1738. On the death of his father Sir Ludovick in 1773, James…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Age of Improvement, famine, French Revolution, Inverness, MP, Scotland, Seafield, Sir James Grant, Strathspey, Urquhart

Archibald Simpson, Architect; His Life & Times…

Archibald Simpson (1790-1847) is the man to whom Aberdeen owes it finest and most effective public buildings. He is one of Scotland’s greatest local architects of modern times. The Royal Infirmary, Marischal College, the Athenaeum Buildings and The North of Scotland Bank are only a few of the projects that reflect his influence on the…


Genre: Architecture, Biography, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Aberdeen, Architecture

The Pioneer Flying Achievements of Preston Watson

AviationDundeeflyingOtto LillienthalPercy PilcherScotlandWright brothersAt the turn of the nineteenth century, what was to become the aviation industry was the preserve of a few enthusiastic amateurs whose ambition to be the first to fly like the birds bordered on obsession.  The Wright brothers in America, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher and others had brought matters to the cusp of success. Preston…


Genre: Aviation, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Aviation, Dundee, flying, Otto Lillienthal, Percy Pilcher, Scotland, Wright brothers