"In this marvelously entertaining and imaginative book, Ann Lindsay introduces a bewildering range of quirky, intriguing and amusing details about Scotland's past and present. Packed with information on curious places, bizarre happenings and perplexing happenings and oddities. Behind that 'dour' Scottish exterior, Ann Lindsay shows in this enjoyably serendipitous survey, there's a more offbeat Scotland just waiting to get out. And here, at last, it does: a quirky, eccentric country with a taste for the unpredictable and fun."
(quote from The Scotsman review)
The Life and Explorations of David Douglas.
David Douglas was one of the most important botanical collectors there has ever been. Thanks to his heroic and often unimaginably arduous explorations of western Canada in the 19th century, our forests and gardens are immeasurably richer. He once walked nearly 10,000 miles between the pacific Coast and Hudson Bay and died at the age of 35 by falling into a wild animal trap in Hawaii.
'Recounted with botanical understanding and human sympathy in this admirable biography .... A highly readable story.)
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Scottish Plant Explorers.
Seeds of blood and beauty follows the exploits of the great Scottish plant explorers of the 18th and 19th centuries; men who left their native shores in search of exotic specimens, often risking life and limb for sake of botany. Their quests took them to far flung territories, swapping Aberdeen for Africa, Falkirk for China, Glasgow for Afghanistan and Auchinblae for Antarctica.
Full of intrigue and secretive tales, this book explains the complex mysteries of Scotland's unique character, and is chock full of surprising, astonishing and often blood curdling suggestions about Scottish beliefs, as well as little known and unexpected insights into the history of Scottish people.
In Lost Perthshire, Ann Lindsay takes us on a journey through the lost architectural, geographical, industrial and archaeological heritage of Perthshire.
Perthshire has been the centre to a wide range of industries that flourished and then disappeared, including vast amounts of linen weaving amid acres of bleach fields, mills for grinding bones, mills for extracting starch from potatoes and mills for producing spindles from birch for the Indian jute trade. Salmon netting stations on the banks of the Tay could be glimpsed every mile or so. Illicit whisky distilling was rife.
All of these were fed by a network of mountain passes, drove roads, military roads and bridges, ferries and a busy network of railways criss crossing the county. Of most of these there is little or no trace.
Gone completely are many huge mansion houses, pleasure steamers on lochs, most market crosses, wartime aerodromes, prisoner of war camps, outdoor curling ponds and animals such as elk, bears, beavers, wolves and boars which roamed at will.