Scottish legal professions

The legal profession in Scotland has a long and distinguished history, with individuals employed as advocates, procurators, writers and notaries. The library has a wide range of publications that provide biographical and professional details of many of those who were employed in these professions. The Faculty of Advocates, created in 1532 and based in Edinburgh, is […]

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Quintinshill Rail Disaster

On 22 May 1915 one of the worst railway accidents in Scotland happened at Quintinshill near Gretna Green in Dumfriesshire. Five trains were involved: a troop train carrying soldiers from the Leith Battalion of the Royal Scots, a local passenger train, a Glasgow express and two goods vehicles. Over 200 people were killed, with a […]

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Fauna scotica

Despite its small size, Scotland is surprisingly diverse in terms of fauna. Fauna Scotica is a celebration of this diversity. Themed around various habitats (mountain; bog and moor; woods; lochs and rivers; the sea; croft and farm; town), it features a wealth of information on many of Scotland’s animals, from adders to owls and deer […]

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Made in Scotland

(Photo credit: Birlinn. Image above shows the title of the book, Made in Scotland: household names that began in Scotland, surrounded by images of Scottish brands including Robertson’s Golden Shred Marmalade, Barr’s Iron Brew, Askit, Lee’s and Dennis the menace from The Beano)   Baxters, Drambuie, Highland Spring, McVitie’s, Mothers Pride, Penguin biscuits, Pringle, Tunnock’s. What […]

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