The Shetland Islands are the most northerly part of the British Isles, lying in the North Atlantic between the British mainland, the Faroe Islands and Norway. The main town, Lerwick, lies only six degrees of latitude from the Arctic Circle.
The choice: Reminiscences of Thomas Marshall of Berwick, (Berwick-upon-Tweed, 1835) Chosen by: Graham Hogg, Curator (19th-Century Printed Collections and Photo-graphs), Rare Books, Maps and Music Collections Read or download this book from our Digital Gallery. Welcome to the latest of our new fortnightly series where we introduce you to some favourites from our collections for you to enjoy reading, […]
Orkney, or the Orkney Islands, is a group of 70 islands off the north coast of Scotland. They became part of Scotland in 1469 in lieu of an unpaid dowry from Norway. Today Orkney is best known for its historic sites, the dive sites around the scuttled World War One German fleet, its birdlife, its food and drink, and the North Ronaldsay sheep who feed on seaweed.
The choice: R.M. Ballantyne, Fighting the flames (London, 1867). Chosen by: Graham Hogg, Curator (19th-Century Printed Collections and Photo-graphs), Rare Books, Maps and Music Collections Welcome to the latest of our fortnightly series where we introduce you to some favourites from our collections for you to enjoy reading, all freely available online. Read or download […]
Dr Emily Munro, National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive Watch our Cine Cycle video The bicycle is seeing a resurgence in popularity. Partly due to concerns around sustainable, carbon-neutral transport, and accelerated by the COVID crisis, more people than ever in Scotland are considering the bike as a key mode of transportation. Local authorities […]
The choice: Tours of Scotland Chosen by: Kirsty McHugh, Curator, John Murray Archive & Publishers’ Collections Read online at the Curious Travellers website Welcome to the third in our blog series where we introduce you to some favourites from our collections for you to enjoy reading, all freely available online. In this blog, rather than focus on a book from our digital gallery, we invite you to explore some of […]
Today we’re celebrating Midwifery Day with a look at its earliest bestseller. Just about 200 years ago, this book was published: Aristotle and midwifery – what’s that all about? And who was Culpeper? Let me take you right back to the 17th century where this story begins. At that time and well beyond, midwifery was […]
One of the most intriguing Ordnance Survey map series in the National Library of Scotland’s collection is the 1:500 Town Plans (as well as some at a scale of 1:528). These were produced in the latter half of the 19th century and very early 20th century, and cover most towns with a population over around […]
As any experienced family history researcher will tell you, the National Library of Scotland provides access to several newspaper eResources. If you’ve ever tried researching an ancestor, details of a particular historical place or event, you’ll know that archives such as The Scotsman Digital Archive and British Newspaper Archive feature 18th and 19th century newspapers […]
Written by Rachel Dishington, Collaborative Doctoral Partnership PhD student at the University of Edinburgh The Stevenson family of engineers worked extensively throughout Scotland during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Their work focused primarily on coastal engineering projects, particularly harbours including at Peterhead as shown below. Most famously, they were responsible for the construction and […]