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

Madgie: A Life In Farming

Marjory (Madgie) MacQueen was born in 1923 on her parents’ farm of Achnahannet, three miles up in the hills above Dulnain Bridge in Strathspey. The eldest of three girls, Madgie helped her father on the farm from an early age, taking over after his death. Madgie was a prominent member of the farming community, a…


Genre: Agriculture, Autobiography, Farming, Librario, Local history, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: farming, Highlands, horses, ponies, Scotland, Uplands

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 Strathspey Mutineers: A History of the First Highland Fencible Regiment, 1793-99

“The worthless infamous Macdonell of Capt. Grant’s company, an old man upwards of fifty & the worst looking without exception, in the Regt. has married two women; has deeply diseased both so much so that, that one is in danger of her life; The whole officers join me in requesting that in addition to any…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Strathspey Fencibles

The Spirit of the Troops Is Excellent: The 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, in the Great War, 1914-1919

The declaration of war against Germany on 4 August 1914 saw the Territorials of the 6th (Morayshire) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, mobilised for the first time in their history. After crossing to France in May 1915 the battalion fought with great distinction as part of the famous 51st (Highland) Division in the major battles of 1916,…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Elgin, Moray, Western Front Association, World War I

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

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

Rivers Running Far: The Story of Those Who Went Away

Taking his own family as an example, Hugh Allison looks at the factors influencing the Scots’ immigration and identifies the questions with which anyone can begin to investigate their own forebears. Hugh Allison follows the stories of hundreds of emigrants, including some of his own extensive family, many of whom emigrated to Australia and America,…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: diaspora, Emigration, migration

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

Mr James Allan: The Journey of a Lifetime

James Allan (1670 – 1740) was a relentless traveller and a trenchant commentator whose life and writings offer unique insights into a crucial era of Scottish history. Now published for the first time, James Allan’s memoirs describe the formative years in the life of a man of prickly sensitivity, frenetic energy and uncompromising self-belief. The…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Aberdeenshire, Edinburgh, historical research, kirk, Politics, preaching, Prebyterianism, Ross, Scottish literature, Sutherland

From The Far Haaf to the Sma’ Half

Life on the Shetland Isles in the 19th century was harsh and unforgiving. Crippling tenancy agreements, poor living conditions and ferocious weather forced many families to wave goodbye to their children who left in search of a better way of life on the mainland. This book tells the story of one such family. It offers…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Scottish history
Subjects: Business, crofting, Shetland, whiskey

A Vintage Port: Reflections on a Clydeside Childhood

John Brown (no relation to the shipyard owner) has produced in a vintage port a wonderfully nostalgic and humorous collection of memories and anecdotes from the forties and fifties. A Vintage Port is filled with images of tenement life in Port Glasgow and descriptions of close-knit families and their camaraderie, where experiences include both simple…


Genre: Autobiography, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Series: Reflections on a Clydeside Childhood |

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

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

The Town Kirk: Hugh Playfair

Parish Minister and Master Builder. This collection of nineteen sermons written by Dr Patrick Macdonald Playfair, a greatly loved and admired man, is selected and introduced by his grandson Hugh Playfair. Elegantly constructed and written, they were primarily intended for the congregation of ‘The Town Kirk’ of St Andrews although they were preached on a…


Genre: Librario, Non-fiction, Religion, Scottish history
Subjects: Church of Scotland, General Assembly, Holy Trinity Church, Playfair, Rutger’s Presbyterian Church, Sermons, St Andrews

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

Tudor Johnny, City Architect of Aberdeen; The Life & Works of John Smith

By the author of The Life & Works of Archibald Simpson. John Smith – ‘Tudor Johnny’ – was born in 1781 to a master builder and architect in Aberdeen, the City over which he was to have a profound influence during his long career. Following in his father’s footsteps John entered the family business where…


Genre: Architecture, Librario, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Aberdeen, Archibald Simpson, Architecture, Scottish history, Tudor Johnny

The Story of the Lovat Scouts: 1900-1980 (with contributions to 2000)

This unique Regiment of Scouts was raised by Lord Lovat in 1900, mainly from Highland stalkers. Valiant, hardy and unorthodox, they and their successors distinguished themselves in two world wars. In a variety of roles they were always superb in fieldcraft, spying and reconnaissance. Today the Lovat Scouts cap badge is proudly worn by the…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, Scotland, Scottish history
Subjects: Army Cadet Force, Highlanders, Lord Lovat, Lovat Scouts, Northern Isles, Orkney Independent Cadet Battery, Royal Company of Archers, World War I, World War II

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

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