Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland

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9780007103539: Collins Encyclopedia of Scotland

Completely revised and updated, a new edition of the definitive reference book on all things Scottish.

Since its first publication in 1994, The Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland has established itself as the unrivalled reference book on the subject. Containing over a million words and five thousand entries, it covers every aspect of Scotland’s past, her people, arts, industries, environment and continuing traditions.

For this new, completely updated and revised edition, the editors have included over a thousand additions to existing entries and over a hundred completely new entries, from Billy Bremner to Dolly the Sheep, from John Smith to the new Scottish Parliament.

Matching accessibility with scholarship, The Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland has become the standard source for Scottish nationals, for Scots worldwide, and for anyone with an interest in Scotland.

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Review:

‘Extraordinary… serious research and a grand historical sweep that leaves one slightly stunned’
Magnus Linklater, The Times

‘Excellent… it will quickly establish itself as one of the few reference books which can truly be described as essential’
Herald, Glasgow

‘An awesome achievement… Ask for Keays next time you need to know anything about Scotland’
Alan Taylor, Scotland on Sunday

‘A landmark literary achievement’
Edinburgh Evening News

‘For millions of Scots worldwide, this is a treasure trove’
Peter McKay, Mail on Sunday

‘The scholarship is immaculate’
Ludovic Kennedy, Daily Telegraph

‘A welcome, valuable and fascinating book’
Times Higher Education Supplement

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Since its first appearance in 1994, the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland' has established itself as the unrivalled reference work on all things Scottish. Containing almost a million words, over four thousand separate entries and nearly five hundred illustrations, it is a mine of information, an inexhaustible source of enlightenment and an irresistibly readable guide. It now appears in a wholly updated and revised new edition.

This new edition contains over a thousand additions to existing entries, plus more than hundred completely new entries. These include a welcome to the arrival of the 'Scottish Parliament' and 'Dolly the Sheep' and to the return of the 'Stone of Scone', as well as farewells to such famous deaparted Scots as 'Naomi Mitchison. Alec Douglas Home, Norman MacCaig, Sorley' and 'Fitzroy Maclean' and 'Billy Bremner'.

The encyclopaedia covers every aspect of Scotland's past, her people, arts, environment and continuing traditions. As a comprehensive gazetteer of Scottish topography and a dictionary of Scottish biography, it distils the heritage of a nation. There are entries on individual architects, artists, botanists, Covenanters, educationalists, engineers, explorers, inventors, 'Jacobites', kings and queens, missionaries, poets, scientists, soldiers, sportsmen, surgeons, saints and sinners; while topics such as 'agriculture, fishing, football, golf, heraldry, 'the' law, shipbuilding' and 'whisky' are examined in detail. 'Clans', castles, regiments and antiquities no less than political protests, religious disputes, sport and aesthetic movements are treated authoritatively and inclusively by an experienced editorial partnership and over a hundred contributors.

Matching accessibility with scholarship, the 'Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland' has become a standard source for Scottish nationals, for Scots worldwide, and for anyone with an interest in Scotland.

"Extraordinary . . . serious research and a grand historical sweep that leaves one slightly stunned"
MAGNUS LINKLATER, 'The Times'

"Excellent . . . it will quickly establish itself as one of the few reference books which can truly be described as essential"
HERALD, Glasgow

"An awesome achievement . . . Ask for Keays next time you need to know anything about Scotland'
ALAN TAYLOR, 'Scotland on Sunday'

"A landmark literary achievement"
EDINBURGH EVENING NEWS

"For millions of Scots worldwide, this is a treasure trove"
PETER McKAY, 'Mail on Sunday'

"The scholarship is immaculate"
LUDOVIC KENNEDY, 'Daily Telegraph'

"A welcome, valuable and fascinating book"
TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT

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