Bonny Scotland is celebrated for many reasons. In Bradwell’s Book of Scotland, we explore both popular and lesser-known aspects of this fascinating country. From intriguing local traditions to curious myths and legends to a rich and diverse history, there is plenty to discover. In this book, you can explore the different dialects of Scotland. You can also take a look at just some of the delicious local dishes and how to make them yourself. Then journey through the rich history of this land of lochs and lairds. Whether you’re new to Scotland or just ready to explore it in a little more detail, Bradwell’s Book of Scotland should prove to be a handy guide!
Scotland is well-loved for its rich history, vibrant cities and stunning landscape. But did you know that its influence reaches around the world? Read on to discover more!
With so much history, it’s not surprising that Scotland has a rich range of dialects. Explore the words of the country’s past and present, from ‘Glesga patter’ to Hebridean song to Shetlandic.
Legends and Folklore
Scotland is alive with legends and stories of the supernatural. Read on to discover tales of fairies good and bad and how a strange smell became associated with a historic battlefield!
Wit and Humour
From entertaining one-liners to rib-tickling tales, enjoy some humour based on and around Scotland.
From the spook-packed streets of Edinburgh to Glasgow’s creepy Necropolis to the country’s second-highest mountain, dare to discover just a few of the ghostly tales that abound about Scotland.
Scotland is famed for its contribution to the cuisine of the world. Read on to find out how to make traditional oatcakes, cranachan, colcannon and more. Delicious!
Whether it’s helping to create the National Health Service, changing the face of football or creating one of the world’s most important inventions, Scottish people have helped to influence events around the world.
Many of us have heard of Burke and Hare, but did you know the full story of their infamous exploits? Read on to find out more and to hear about another tragic true murder tale from Scotland’s past.
As you would expect for the birthplace of golf and league football, sport has a special place in Scotland’s heart. Find out about these and other more unusual outdoor activities enjoyed in Scotland.
There are many colourful and long-established customs to be found around Scotland, some of which, such as Hogmanay and Burns Night, are celebrated around the world.
Local Names and Clans
Many Scottish families can claim a connection with one of the country’s clans, and the long and proud history that they represent. Each clan has its own tartan, the wearing of which became popular in Victorian times.
Scotland’s fascinating history combines biscuits, banking and beer. From ancient monastic traditions to the industrial boom, the history of Scotland is an undeniably rich one.
Say the name ‘Scotland’ and many associations spring to mind. From whisky to tartan and from haggis to Hogmanay. While all those aspects are very important to Scotland, it is when you look beyond them that you can discover an even richer national identity. Scotland’s ancient roots help to make it a country of drama, energy and character. What else would you expect from the country that is the birthplace of golf? Known historically as Caledonia and by the Gaelic name Alba, Scotland has seen many achievements and firsts in its time, whether that’s the world’s first colour photograph, the first successfully cloned lifeform (remember Dolly the sheep?) or the establishment of the world’s oldest transport company.
You might think you know Scotland, but were you aware that the unicorn is its national animal? This is less surprising than it might at first seem when you consider that Scotland has a long heritage of myth and legend. The unicorn has been a Scottish heraldic symbol since the 12th century, when William I had it included on an early form of the Scottish coat of arms. Maintaining a connection with the past is still very much central to Scotland’s identity. As you’ll see in this book, some of Scotland’s oldest traditions are still alive and well today.
Scottish culture, people and products have helped to shape events around the world. Whether it is the creation of the world’s first synthetic plastic or the identity of the most popular of Doctor Who’s companions, the Scottish people continue to achieve great things. And let’s not forget that Scotch whisky recently accounted for around a quarter of the UK’s total food and drink exports! With as many people with Scottish heritage living in the US as there are in Scotland its influence continues to shape the world. Scotland’s culture is enriched as much its 790 beautiful islands as it is by its stunning highlands and vibrant cities. In this book, we look at the history, mythology and dialect which has evolved in different parts of the country.
Were you aware that Edinburgh was the first city in the world to have its own fire brigade? Did you know that Scotland is home to the world’s tallest hedge? You may also be surprised to hear that the small Scottish town of Bonnybridge has become the UFO capital of the world, with more than 300 sightings every year!
Scotland is as closely connected with its roots as it is with its place in the modern world. Yes, it is the home of tartan, clans and caber tossing. But it is also a country that has indisputably shaped the way many of us live today. After all, it was local man John Logie Baird who created the world’s first TV picture in 1925 and another local, Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone in February 1876. The world would be a very different place without their contributions.
With so much to offer and such a strong sense of identity, it’s not surprising that Scottish independence is a hot topic. Whatever happens with that, there is no doubt that Scotland’s future is bright. There is so much of interest in Scotland’s lowlands, highlands and islands that, sadly, we can’t explore everything in this little book. But we hope that it provides a flavour of what makes Scotland such an enduringly interesting place.
Released: June 2018
Size: 160 x 160mm
Author: Camilla Zajac