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Fife, Malcolm The Nor Loch, Scotland's Lost Loch , Lancaster: Scotforth, 2004

Reprint. Paperback, bw ills, maps, bibliography Pagination: 192. Scotlandís lochs are famous the world over, many of them imbued with myths and legends. But there is one loch that cannot be found on any current map, a man-made expanse of water that filled the space that is now occupied by Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh.<P>The Nor Loch (or the North Loch as it was originally known) was created to enhance the defences of the city and its castle. Its history was bound up with many of the events which shaped Scotlandís history. As well as its defensive and recreational roles, the Nor Loch also played host to much darker happenings. Witches and wizards were thrown into the loch, with survivors being burned on its banks. Fornicators, crooked tradesmen and drunks were among the felons who received a ducking, while the gruesome discovery of a chest full of bones when the loch was drained is evidence of another, particularly unpleasant punishment.<P>Although the loch is no longer there, the four hundred years of its existence have provided Edinburgh author Malcolm Fife with what is a truly fascinating story. Pictures both old and modern illustrate his well researched text, and this unusual publication really does make excellent reading for locals and visitors alike.. Book: hint of bumping to corners, VG+, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3010 )  £ 9.00

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