White Horse Inns: An Historical Vignette

A great deal of Britain’s heritage is to be found in its Inns which, over the centuries, have formed a central part of life in both town and country. Inns welcomed the weary traveller, were very often a staging post for coaches, and provided sustenance and rest for humans and animals alike.  Many taverns chose…


Genre: British history, Folklore, Gazette, History, Librario, Reference, Social history, Travel
Subjects: Buildings, Folklore, inns, names, pubs
Illustrated by Vi Sprawling

Of Plots & Passions

The past one thousand years of British history have been fraught with plots, passions and conspiracies. Many of them have been against the monarchy, including at least three murderous plots against Anglo-Saxon kings who reigned before 1066. 34 years later, the Conqueror’s son William Rufus, died while hunting in the New Forest. Was it a genuine…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Medieval history, Non-fiction
Subjects: Anglo-Saxon, British history, conspiracy, Elizabeth I, Gunpowder plot, Henry VII, James I, Lady Jane Grey, William Rufus

The History of the 51st Highland Division

“Of the many fine Divisions that served under me in the Second World War, none were finer than the Highland Division.” (Field Marshal Montgomery) The 51st Highland Division was looked upon with admiration throughout the Allied Armies for the part they played in both World War I and World War II. But in Scotland it…


Genre: British history, Librario, Military, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: 51st Highland Division, liberation, Neil Munro, veterans, World War I, World War II

Waterloo Sunset

Fascinating and thought-provoking. Spanning the years from school in the south of England, through his time as an undergraduate at Glasgow University with well-known political contemporaries such as Donald Dewar, “Ming” Campbell and John Smith, Howard Fisher takes us through his time at Whitehall where he gives us his personal insights into what makes civil…


Genre: British history, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics, Scottish history
Subjects: civil service, Donald Dewar, government, John Smith, Menzies Campbell, New Labour, Thatcher

The Last District Officer

Colonial District Officers were gazetted, warranted as Magistrates and Justices of the Peace, then posted to administer remote districts, sometimes the size of Wales, of which hardly anyone had heard. John Pitchford, possibly the last district officer, has written a historical and philosophical autobiography of rare variety. His gung-ho stories of lobotomised hippos, of cockroaches…


Genre: British history, Justice, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: atolls, British Colonial Service, British colonies, Central Africa, Central Pacific, colonial administration, Colonial district officer, Justice of the Peace, magistrates

The First Nurse: Ethel Bedford Fenwick

The life of Ethel Bedford Fenwick, written by Jenny Main, is a biography of one of the Nineteenth Century’s major reformers to whom the nursing profession owes an eternal debt of gratitude. Ethel was born Ethel Gordon Manson in the Morayshire town of Elgin in 1857. Unusually for someone of that era, Ethel had an…


Genre: British history, Health, Librario, Medicine, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Barts, Elgin, International Congress of Nurses, Nursing, Reform, St Bartholomew’s, State Registered Nurses

Mary Bryant, The Convict Girl: The Real Story…

The true story of ‘Convict Girl’ Mary Bryant is an astonishing tale of hardship and determination in the 18th century. Born Mary Broad in 1765; at the age of twenty Mary committed a minor felony. Such was the savagery of Britain’s judicial system that Mary was sentenced to seven years’ deportation to the new penal…


Genre: Australia, British history, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: Australia, Botany Bay, deportation, Timor

I Remember It Well: Fifty Years of Colonial Service Personal Reminiscences

Life in the Colonial Service was varied, sometimes dangerous, often hilarious but never dull. Members of the Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association served the Crown in far-flung territories both before and after World War II. Their reminiscences were published in whole or in part from time to time in the Association’s biannual Journal, the Overseas Pensioner.…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: British colonies

Admiral Edward Russell & The Rise of British Naval Supremacy

For many people the name of Edward Russell (1653 – 1727) strikes few chords of recognition, even though his influence on naval history can scarcely be overestimated. In this first book devoted to Admiral Russell, David West brings us the background and achievements of a man without whom the course o f British History would…


Genre: British history, History, Librario, Military History, Naval, Non-fiction
Subjects: Admiral Edward Russell, Navy