Biographical books

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Women of Moray by Susan Bennett, Jenny Main, Anne Oliver, Janet Trythall, Mary Byatt 


Discover Flaming Janet, James IV’s mistress;  Elsie Watson, who rode solo across South Africa on a motorcycle in 1912;  the Queen’s Nurse in Foula and Fair Isle in the 1920s;  the spymaster of Albanian agents during the Second World War;  the Traveller born in the bow-tent, and more.

The book captures the tales of over 70 women whose lives have made an impact on history both in Scotland and abroad.  It sheds light on their misfortunes, prejudice and abuse, and shows how these challenges have been overcome.  Women of Moray is a unique glimpse into the history of the region, looking at women marginalised, forgotten and usually uncelebrated across the centuries.  For the historian, the genealogist and the general reader, this is a book that will deepen your understanding of history.

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Hugh Miller by Michael A. Taylor


Born in Cromarty in 1802, Hugh Miller, self educated stonemason turned bank worker, rose to become editor of The Witness newspaper.  Scathing, ironic, lyrical and penetrating by turns, he condemned injustice and abuse wherever he saw them, attacked the Highland Clearances, and supported the freedom of the Church of Scotland.  Miller’s writings on making the best of one’s life inspired Scots from John Muir to Andrew Carnegie.  A fine geologist, Miller brought many to the joys of science, helping to convince worried Victorians that geology was not unchristian.

This biography, quoting generous chunks of Miller himself, covers the full range of Miller, from stonemason, through geologist and editor, to husband and father.  It reveals the man whom his contemporaries respected, in all his consistency, integrity and independence, with a surprising new assessment of his tragic suicide in 1856.


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George Gordon: A Catalogue of his Scientific Correspondence by Michael Collie and Susan Bennett


When Rev George Gordon moved into the Manse of Birnie, he resolved to continue to be a well informed naturalist, as fully aware of what was going on elsewhere as he had previously been in Edinburgh.  His archive of about 1500 letters to and from himself, reveals the existence of a communications network spreading knowledge of the natural world throughout Scotland, quickly and speedily.   This catalogue attempts to make the correspondence, including that with Huxley, Murchison and Darwin, more widely accessible by annotating them briefly by  as to subject matter and by identifying the 250 correspondents.


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A History of General Anderson 1745 – 1824 by Peter R. Wills