At Elgin Museum, we have a small gift shop specialising in locally made crafts. We also stock a range of books, cards and postcards relating to Moray and the Museum Collections.
Details of a selection of books available in the shop is included below. If you are interested in purchasing any of the books listed below, please get in touch via our Contact form.
A-Z of Elgin: Places – People – History by Jenny Main
With a history stretching back well over 1000 years, there is no shortage of things of interest in the town of Elgin in the northeast of Scotland, past and present. A wealth of history and stories of people, ghosts and witches exists among the old closes, grand mansions, Pictish carved stones and medieval stonework. Modern developments include major engineering projects throughout the townand the new building for the University of the Highlands. Long established manufacturers export high-quality food, cashmere garments and whiskey to exclusive outlets as well as worldwide, while leisure and sporting activities are well catered for. An A-Z of this busy growing town is well over due. This fascinating A-Z tour of Elgin’s history is fully illustrated and will appeal to all those with an interest in this town in Moray.
A Wee Guide To Prehistoric Scotland by Ann MacSween
As well as an introduction to the prehistory of Scotland, this “wee guide” includes a gazetteer of 120 if the best tombs, standing stones and circles, forts, duns and brochs, prehistoric settlements and museums to visit.
A Wee Guide To Scottish History by Martin Coventry
Scottish history is peppered with dark deeds, desperate battles, struggles against vastly superior forces, a few notable heroes, and many notorious villains. With photos and maps, this concise “wee guide” describes the key events and people that shaped Scotland, as well as a gazetteer of more than 200 sites to visit.
A Wee Guide To The Jacobites by Charles Sinclair
Learn more about The Jacobites with this “wee guide”. Wit many portraits, illustrations and maps, the book also features more than 50 great Jacobite sites to visit, as well as iconic Outlander filming locations in Scotland.
Amber: Tears of the Gods by Neil D. L. Clark
This beautifully illustrated survey encompasses the ancient forty million year old forests of the Jurassic, the palaces of European Royal families, the strange and superstitious practices of the Scottish Highlands and the modern palaeontologist discovering insects new to science. Neil Clark’s book is written for collectors, scientists and those simply wishing to better understand and appreciate the wonderful artefacts and curiosities that have been created from the ‘tears of the gods’.
Beyond the edge of the empire: Caledonians, Picts and Romans by Fraser Hunter
Dr Fraser Hunter delivered the annual academic lecture for Groam House in 2003. it looked up the impact of the Romans on the peoples of northern Scotland, and offered a critical review of the role of Rome in the emergence of the Picts.
£5.00 each or 3 for £12.00
The Colour Heroes series blends facts with fun; learn as you colour your way through history – and prehistory! Ideal for all ages! Choose from: Prehistoric Britain; Roman Britain; Medieval Britain; The Victorians; or The Great War 1914-1918.
Christian Maclagan: Stirling’s formidable lady antiquity by Sheila M. Elsdon
Christian Maclagan’s life spanned all but the first few years of the 19th century. Her father died when she was 9 and the family moved to Stirling, where she lived for the rest of her life in comfortable circumstances. In later life she devoted most of her time to studying antiquities, traveling widely throughout Scotland surveying, excavating and drawing hillforts, brochs, stone circles and cairns. Battling with men in authority seems to have been part of her makeup and is nowhere more evident than in her dealings with the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. Sheila Elsdon presents the many aspects of this complex character – artist antiquity philanthropist feminist – and assesses Christian’s contribution to 19th century antiquarianism.
Doocots of Scotland: Moray by N. A. Brown
This publication not only records doocots in a historically important and fertile area of North East Scotland, it is also the first in a series of regional guides devoted to the subject published by the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group.
Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman: Millennium 2000
A collection of thoughts, memories and facts from the people of Duffus, Spynie and Hopeman, mainly from the last century of this Millennium.
Elgin: The Story of the High Street and Closes by Mary Byatt
It is hard to imagine each close off the High Street teeming with large families, but so it was in the 19th Century. The population remained concentrated in the centre until well into the 20th century. Nowadays only a few of the remaining closes are inhabited. The original aim of this beautifully illustrated book was to record what was left of the closes but the writer, Mary Byatt, soon noted that it was impossible to do that without recording the changes in Elgin High Street. The book is a marvellous record of the High Street and Closes through the ages and of what can still be seen on the street
Elgin Academy 1801 – 2001, compiled by Richard Bennett
Elgin from old Photographs by Jenny Main
Compiled from a selection of old plates and photographs in Elgin Museum archives. This is not just a record of long vanished buildings, but a view of special events and everyday life, the architects of Elgin as it is now, and the ordinary folk. Only a few can remember times past – but this book is part of Elgin’s family photograph album.
Forgotten, hidden and lost: unearthing Moray’s archaeology
Proceedings of the Elgin Museum archaeology conference 2017, with contributions from speakers and field trips.
Fossils Alive! by Nigel Trewin
Garmouth and Kingston: A brief history by Robert Wallen
Garmouth, and the closely related settlement of Kingston, may seem, now, very much to be in a backwater. However, the two villages have overtime been influenced by, and have influenced, political, social, technical and economic developments in Scotland, across Britain and beyond.
Grampian’s Past: Its Archaeology from the Air by Ian A. G. Shepherd & Moira K. Greig
This book was commissioned by Grampian Regional Council and the stunning aerial images it contains show the many archaeological sites throughout the North East of Scotland.
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.
Mammal Atlas of North East Scotland and the Cairngorms by Nick Littlewood, Paul Chapman, Ian Francis, Glenn Roberts, Annie Robinson & Konstantinos Sideris
This fully illustrated Atlas presents data collected for the North East Scotland and Cairngorms Mammal Atlas project and covers the period 1960 to 2015. It is the most comprehensive description to date of the distribution of terrestrial mammals in the region. The project, initiated in 2013, encouraged mammal recording among a wide range of people, from those who had never before submitted a mammal sighting, through to experience biological recorders. The resulting data are depicted in distribution maps for 43 mammal species over two different time classes, 1960 to 2000 and 2001 to 2015. The book also includes informative chapters on mammal habitats, species conservation and analysis of distribution patterns.
Moray Geology: past, present future
Proceedings of a conference on the history of Elgin Museum, the fossils and geology of the Moray area, 2015. This event followed on from the 2007 “sand to Sea” geology conference, and marked the completion of a year-long project, supported financially by the Scottish Government’s Recognition Fund, to reorganise and catalogue the Recognized Collection of fossils housed within Elgin Museum. The conference was aimed at anyone with an interest in geology, paleontology and other related subjects. The proceedings provide the details of the talks, reception and field trip.
Moray Coast from Cullen to Culbin by Jenny Main
Pictish Brooches and Pictish Hens: status and currency in Early Scotland by Cathy Swift
In this lecture, evidence of literary and legal texts written in Old Gaidlig and Old Irish are quarried to provide descriptions of the style of early medieval brooches of Northern Britain and Ireland, their locations on the body, and the status of the individuals wearing them as well as outlining evidence for the employment and status of the craftsmen who made them.
Place, Space and Odyssey: exploring the future of early medieval sculpture by Sally M. Foster
Dr Sally Foster delivered the annual academic lecture for Groam House Museum on 4th May 2001. Dr Foster explores the debate surrounding where sculpture should be preserved and the issues that stem from the practice of retaining it in situ or in association with its historical find spot.
Post Pictish Problems: the Moray Firthlands in the 9th – 11th centuries by Martin Carver
Martin Carver delivered this lecture at Groam House in July 2007.
Pot luck: cooking and recipes from the past by Jo Lawrie
Did you know that the Romans ate stuffed dormice? What do you think were good table manners at a medieval banquet? Find out how to cook a “tarte hid with jewels” and how to preserve food the way it was done in prehistoric times. Pot Luck tells the fascinating story of how cooking methods, tastes and table manners have changed from prehistoric times to the Victorian era and gives plenty of authentic recipes for you to try for yourself.
Provincial Silversmiths of Moray and their Marks by G P Moss
Recording Early Christian Monuments in Scotland by J.N. Graham Ritchie
In this volume,Graham Ritchie examines the history of the recording of early Christian monuments of Scotland from the 18th century to the present day.
Romans in Moray by Ian Keillar
Scottish Fossils by Nigel H. Trewin
Scottish Gold: Fruit of the Nation by Neil D. L. Clark
This is the first truly comprehensive survey of gold exploitation and use in Scotland. As the images show, goldsmithing continues to thrive as a vital and creative craft industry in modern Scotland while looking at the historical aspects of the subject from earliest prehistory to the present day.
Scottish provincial silver: an introduction by Elleke Cooper
Speybuilt: story of a forgotten industry by Jim Skelton
Speybuilt reveals the history of how the best timber from the great forests of Speyside was used to build over 80,000 tons of shipping
The Breeding Birds of North-East Scotland Edited by Ian Francis and Martin Cook
The Pictish and Early Medieval Carved Stones in Elgin Museum
This volume is a catalogue of the Pictish and early medieval carved stones on display and in the collection Elgin Museum, of stones found from Kinneddar, Burghead and Dandaleith.
The Travellers Joy: The Story of the Morayshire Railway by John Ross
The Walkers’ Map of the Moray Way: circular long distance walking route
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.