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Argyll Curiosities
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ISBN:
9781912476022
Categories
Birlinn Origin, Local History
Imprint
Origin
Publication Date
12 April 2018
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
192
Illustrations
b/w throughout

Argyll Curiosities

by Marian Pallister - Find out more about the author

 

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‘This is a book which will be welcomed not only by lovers of Argyll but by historians and folklorists the world over’ – Scots Magazine

The great travellers of the 17th century – Martin, Penant, Johnson et al – used the word ‘curiosity’ to mean many different things. They labelled as ‘curiosities’ people, plants, legends, historical facts and geological certainties. This book follows their example in a 21st century journey around Argyll and its islands.

It is difficult to find an area of Argyll which is not curious in some way: archaeology, geography, geology and genealogy have all served to mark out this western fringe of Scotland as unique. Discarding those curiosities which it is all too easy to find on any journey through the county, Marian Pallister has looked extensively into places, people and events which are curiously layered, and has created a book that is overflowing with enchanting ‘curiosities’ and local histories.

Marian Pallister has worked as a feature writer and commentator covering social issues in Scotland and round the world, particularly war zones. She previously taught journalism at Napier University and is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books.






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