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

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

Almost A Hero

Almost A Hero is the personal account of an ordinary private in the Royal Marines, detailing his experiences from the abortive attempt to halt the German invasion in Crete in 1941, to his subsequent four year incarceration in a German prisoner of war camp. Alex Clark spent most of his war not having the faintest…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: 1941, Crete, Duke of Edinburgh, POW, Royal Marines, World War II

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

A Cameron Never Can Yield: A Prisoner of War’s Escape From Germany To Gibraltar

Gregor MacDonald, a native of the Isle of Harris, was recruited in the 4th Territorial Army Battalion of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders in 1939. It was not long before the battalion was in the thick of action in France and the retreat and surrender of the 51st Highland Division at St Valery. Then a…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: 4th Territorial Army Battalion, 51st Highland Division, Cameron Highlanders, Escape, Gibraltar, Harris, POW, Prisoner of war, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, Spain, St Valery, Vichy, World War II, Zaragosa

A Sacred Cause: The Inter-Congolese Dialogue 2000-2003

In March 2000, Philip Winter was approached to act as Chef de Cabinet to the ex-President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile ‘Quett’ Masire, who had been selected to chair and facilitate the talks to which three main warring parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had agreed in the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in 1999. The…


Genre: African history, History, Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Botswana, conflict resolution, Congo, diplomacy, DRC, Lusaka, Sun City

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

Cawnpore To Cromar: The MacRoberts of Douneside

In the darkest days of World War II, Rachel MacRobert’s very personal challenge to the Nazis inspired the British public to battle on. Alone, without a husband by her side and mourning the loss of her three aviator sons, she travelled the country  to raise morale. But words were not enough: with boldness and imagination…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: MacRobert, MacRobert’s Reply, Nazis, Rachel MacRobert, RAF, Sir Alexander MacRobert, Tarland, World War II

Scorpion On The Ceiling: A Scottish Colonial Family in South East Asia

SALTIRE AWARD NOMINATED Charles Martine arrived in Singapore in 1922 to work for the Borneo Company, one of the great UK-financed merchant venture companies of South East Asia. It was a golden era, with Singapore becoming one of the most successful multi-racial co-operatives that have ever been known. Later on, Charles and his wife Pat…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Borneo Company, Changi Gaol, Double Tenth, Java, Pearl Harbour, Penang, Sarawak, Singapore, South East Asia, Vyner Brooke, White Rajahs, World War II

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

An Upland Place: Further Writings from Elizabeth Macpherson

More of Elizabeth Macpherson’s writing, taken from the 1960s, is remembered in this second book following Leaning On A Gate, which recorded life on a small upland farm during the 1940s and 50s. Elizabeth took to writing after the death of her husband Ian in 1944 and her weekly column became a favourite in The…


Genre: History, Journalism, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland
Subjects: farming, Highlands, Scotland
Illustrated by Joanne Yeadon

The Story Of Nethy Bridge

Whether you live in Nethy Bridge or are a visitor, this is the book for you. In 1810, Thomas Telford the famous Scottish engineer, designed the bridge over the river Nethy thus giving a name and easy access to the scattered settlement sheltering in the shadow of the Cairngorm mountains. Nethy Bridge, one of the…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction
Subjects: Cairngorm, Highlands, Nethy Bridge, Thomas Telford

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

The Great Moray Floods of 1829

In spite of the floods caused by modern day global warming it is a fact that the greatest floods ever to have hit the North of Scotland occurred in August 1829. Heavy rains deluged the lands from Wick to the Grampian Mountains. A combination of drought, followed by freak weather conditions caused the rivers especially…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Banff, Elgin, Grampian, Inverness, Moray

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

Terror Below The Wind: A Soldier’s Story; Borneo 1961 – 1964

This gripping book tells the story of a group of soldiers of The Queen’s Own Highlanders and their adventures during service in the Far East in the 1960s. During operations in Borneo and Malaya they were engaged in long border patrols and in anti-piracy patrols aimed at curbing their activities in the South China Sea.…


Genre: Faction, History, Librario, Military History, World history
Subjects: 1960s, Borneo, Brunei, Far East, Japan, Malaya, Queen’s Own Highlanders, Singapore, World War II

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

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

World War II In Moray

Little has been written about Moray and its role in defeating the Axis powers during the Second World War. While remote from the battle scene and Hitler’s bombs, Moray nevertheless played an important role as a training ground as well as being in the front line against a possible German invasion from across the North…


Genre: History, Librario, Local history, Military History, Non-fiction
Subjects: Auxiliary Fire Service, Civil Defence, Elgin, Hitler, Moray, Women’s Land Army, Women’s Voluntary Service, World War II, WWII

Death On Small Wings: Memoirs Of A Presidential Pilot

With a foreword by John Simpson CBE. In 1972 Neville Atkinson left a career as a night fighter pilot in the Royal Navy to take up a position as personal pilot to The President of Libya, Col Gadaffi. During the next ten years his role was to fly The President, Government Ministers and many world…


Genre: History, Librario, Middle East, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: Africa, Algiers, Carlos, flying, Gadaffi, Israel, Jackal, John Simpson, Libya, Middle East, Mogadishu, OPEC, Somalia

Eighty Years In The Highlands: The Life & Times of Osgood H Mackenzie of Inverewe, 1842-1922

From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie created and developed a garden at Inverewe, on the remote north-west coast of Scotland. It has become famous across the world for the variety and rarity of plants grown ‘in a region in which it had not been thought possible for them to exist’. However, few of the thousands of…


Genre: Gardening, History, Librario, Non-fiction
Subjects: 1800s, crofting, Gaelic, Gairloch, Gardening, Highlands, Inverewe, Landscape, Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie, Plants, Poolewe, Poor Law, Scotland, Wester Ross