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Moffat, Alistair The Borders, A History of the Borders from Earliest Times
Selkirk: Deerpark Press, 2002 First edition. Blue cloth, gilt, map endpapers, col and bw plates, bibliography, index Pagination: viii, 454. This is the story of the Border; a place of beginnings and endings, of differences and similarities, it is the story of England and Scotland, told not from the remoteness of London or Edinburgh or in the tired terms of national histories, but up close and personal, toe to toe and eyeball to eyeball across the Tweed, the Cheviots, the Esk and the tidal races of the Upper Solway. This is a tale told in blood, fun and granite-hard memory.<P>This is the story of an ancient place; where hunter-gatherers penetrated into the virgin interior, where Celtic warlords ruled, the Romans came but could not conquer, where the glittering kingdom of Northumbria thrived, the place where David I Mac Malcolm raised great abbeys, where the Border reivers rode into history, and where Walter Scott sat at Abbotsford and brooded on an immense past.<P>No narrative history of the Borders has been published since the 19th century, and The Borders tells a long awaited story of a unique place with a sweeping, eventful and important posterity.. Book: head v sl bumped, couple of leaves have sl folded corners, VG+, Jacket: unclipped, slight creasing to upper edge, VG (Book ref. 3165) £19.00
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Hogg, James The Tales of James Hogg, The Ettrick Shepherd
London: Sands & Co, [ca 1910] Library edition, Eildon series. Grey cloth, gilt Pagination: viii, 502. Contents: The hunt of Eildon, a fairy tale of old Scotland; The adventures of Basil Lee, the life wanderings and exploits of a prodigal; An old soldier’s tale, or after the Battle of Culloden; Katie Cheyne, a tale of courtship; The long pack, a tale of house robbery; A country funeral; The shepherd’s calendar, tales illustrative of pastoral occupations, country life and superstitions (Rob Dodds; Mr Adamson of Laverhope; The school of misfortune; George Dobson’s expedition to hell; The Souters of Selkirk; The laird of Cassway; The Brownie of the Black Haggs; Tibby Hyslop’s dream; Mary Burnet; The laird of Wineholm; Window Wat’s courtship; A strange secret; The marvellous doctor; The witches of Traquair; Sheep; Prayers; Odd characters (Will o’ Phaup; Daft Jock Amos); Nancy Chisholm; The Shepherd’s Dog); The emigrants, a tale; The two Highlanders, a tale; The watchmaker, a tale of idleness and intemperance; A story of the forty-six; A tale of the martyrs; Adam Scott, a Border tale; The Baron St Gio, the fortunes of an adventurous Scot; The mysterious bride; Mary Montgomery, a Border tale; The siege of Roxburgh, a tale of the wars of Scotland and England; The adventures of Colonel Peter Aston, a tale of the wars of Montrose; Gordon the Gispey, a tale; Wat Pringle o’ the Yair, a tale of the Battle of Philliphaugh. Book: extremities bumped and sl rubbed, endpapers browned and foxed, page edges sl foxed, occasionally spreading to margins, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3059) £16.00
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Sommerville, Margaret K B The Merchant Maiden Hospital of the City of Edinburgh founded by the Company of Merchants and Mary Erskine 1694
Edinburgh: Privately printed, 1970 First edition. Blue cloth, gilt, maps, bw plates Pagination: 131. Contents: The Cowgate 1694-1706 (Founding of the Hospital; Mary Erskine; Statutes and early records); Bristo 1706-1733 (The great lodging; Proper objects of charity; Maintenance and education; The Greyfriars Kirk); Bristo 1733-1794 (Demand for places; Conditions in the Hospital; Educational advances); Bristo 1794-1818 (The first hundred years; Beginnings of modern education; Healthy insubordination; The new Hospital); The Hospital’s Landed Estates 1728-1870 (Landed estates in Aberdeenshire and Roxburghshire); Lauriston 1818-1857 (Domestic difficulties; Educational progress; The Treasurer’s ring; The golden age; More educational advances; Recreation and health); Lauriston 1857-1870 (Modernisation of the Hospital house; Greater freedom and variety in education; The end in sight; Ring out the old, ring in the new); Good and Faithful Servants; Appendix I: Statutes of the Hospital; Appendix II: Note by Miss Helen Armet. Book: spine sunned, front board partly sunned, head/tail bumped, contents VG boards VG-, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3058) £13.00
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Paterson, Raymond Campbell My Wound is Deep, A History of the Later Anglo-Scots Wars 1380-1560
Edinburgh: John Donald, 1997 First edition. Paperback, 7 maps, bibliography, index Pagination: xvii, 238. During the time of Robert and David Bruce Scotland had secured her freedom; but she faced an uncertain future, and England was resentful. None of the outstanding issues between the two countries had been resolved, and for many years the Border itself was not clearly defined, leading to an almost permanent state of conflict. The Wars of Independence were over; a new hundred years’ war was about to begin.<P>This is the first full account of the later wars between England and Scotland, and it deals with all the main aspects of that conflict. Our attention is also drawn to the less well-known story of the Scots soldiers in France who fought to save that country during the darkest days of the Hundred Years War before the advent of Joan of Arc. Contents: Ill met by moonlight; Death comes to Homildon; A king in captivity; A foreign field; Roxburgh; Berwick; None dare call it treason; The Flowers of the Forest; Stands Scotland where it did?; The year 1286 has come again; Black Saturday; The fruits of war. Book: corners of covers a little bumped, light crease to leading edge of front board, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 3055) £12.00
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Wade, James A. History of St Mary's Abbey, Melrose, the Monastery of Old Melrose, and the Town and Parish of Melrose
Edinburgh: Thomas C Jack, 1861 First edition. Elaborately embossed green cloth, gilt, bevelled edges, 8 plates, numerous other illustrations, index Pagination: xx, 21-400, 8 pp publisher's ads. Contents: Description of the parish of Melrose by Rev Adam Milne; History of St Cuthbert’s Chapel and the Monastery of Old Melrose, Newstead, Gattonside etc; The monks of Melrose; Melrose town, ancient and modern; Monachism, its orders and employments; Condition of a monk or nun in the olden times; Carta Regis David de Abbatia de Melros; Charter of King David to the Abbey of Melrose; Church symbolism, as exhibited in structure and design; Architectural description of Melrose Abbey; Historical summary and biography of the convent and abbots of Melrose. Book: exlib [Church of Scotland/Glasgow University) with labels to endpapers and stamps to title page, extremities bumped and rubbed, boards a little marked, prelims a little soiled but contents o/w clean, endpapers cracked, VG, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 2999) £34.00
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Beattie, William; Allom, Thomas (illus); Bartlett, W H (illus); McCulloch, H (illus) Scotland Illustrated in a Series of Views Taken Expressly for this Work
London: George Virtue, 1838 Subscribers' Edition. Black morocco leather, elaborately embossed, gilt decoration to spine, aeg, large foldout map, 41 plates Pagination: ix, 200. Contents: Scotland; Berwickshire; District of Lothian; Edinburgh; Linlithgow; Stirlingshire; Ayrshire; Counties of Dumfries and Roxburgh; Roxburghshire. Illustrations: Vignette, Edinburgh from the Calton Hill; Map of Scotland; Coldstream; Abbotsford; Dryburgh Abbey; Fast Castle; Dunbar Castle; Tyninghame House; Tantallon Castle; Interior of Rosslyn Chapel; Hawthornden; Edinburgh from Craigmillar Castle; Edinburgh from the Castle ramparts; West Bow, Edinburgh; The Royal Institution; Heriot’s Hospital; The house of John Knox; Holyrood Chapel; The Calton Hill with Nelson’s monument; The Canongate during the procession of His Majesty George IV; Inner court of the Palace of Linlithgow; Stirling Castle; Town and Castle of Stirling; Stirling Castle from the ramparts; Castle Wynd, Marr’s Wark and Cathedral; Ayr, with ancient tower in the foreground; The Twa Brigs or the Old and New Bridges, Ayr; Alloway Kirk with Burns Monument; Banks of Ayr near Ballochmyle; Bridge of Doon; Isle of Arran from Greenan Castle; Ailsa Craig from Turnberry Castle; Crossregal [Crossraguel] Abbey near Maybole; Castle of Maybole; Culzean Castle; Drumlanrig Castle; Lincluden College; The town of Dumfries; Mausoleum of Burns, Dumfres; Gilnockie, or Johnnie Armstrong’s Tower; Jedburgh Abbey; Melrose Abbey; Kelso Abbey. Book: extremities worn with loss to head/tail, heraldic bookplate [Cumming-Gordon], some foxing throughout, mostly marginal but occasionally heavier and affecting image of a few plates, tight and secure, marginal tear and misfold to map, contents VG binding VG-, Jacket: n/a (Book ref. 2989) £82.00
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Brown, W Sorley (Editor): ''War Record of 4th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers and Lothian and Border Horse. With History of the T. F. Associations of the Counties of Roxburgh, Berwick and Selkirk''.
Published on behalf of the T.F. Associations by John McQueen & Son (Galashiels) 1920. 215pp; illustrated. Cloth-backed boards. Slight damage at base of spine. Tear to inner margin of title page, not affecting text. Otherwise VG. (Book ref. 5239) £55.00
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Bloomsbury Book Auctions Catalogue of the Working Library of the Late Howard M.Nixon
London: Bloomsbury Book Auctions, 1983. Soft Cover. Very Good. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall Sale No.7, Thursday 6th October, 1983. Portrait frontis, foreword on Howard Nixon by Miriam M.Foot, 245 items, with inserted list of prices realized and buyer's names. Auction catalogue comprising books on book-binding, bibliography, publications of the Roxburghe Club and the Bibliographical Society, booksellers' and library catalogues and some interesting bindings. (Book ref. 5030) £10.00
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White, John Talbot The Scottish Border and Northumberland. Bewickshire, Roxburghshire, Northumberland
London: Eyre Methuen, 1973. First Edition. Brown hardback cloth cover. VG : in Very good condition with dust jacket. 253pp :: 230mm x 170mm (9" x 7") :: A title in the Regions of Britain Series (Book ref. g0528) £22.00
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Lang, Theo ( Edited By): The Border Counties;
London, Hodder & Stoughton, 1957; 1st Edition; The Queen's Scotland Series. Hardback; Very good/ Dj Good; 239pp with delightful sepia photographs; Blue covers with black lettering; Dust jacket has some sun fading, nicks, edge wear, price intact. The Stories & Pictures of all the places of interest in the Counties of Peebleshire, Berwickshire, Roxburghshire and Dumfriesshire. (Book ref. 8297) £15.00
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An Inventory of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Roxburghshire
Edinburgh: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1956. First Edition. Hardback. A two volume set still in the original box. Both volumes are fine as is the dustwrapper of volume I. The dustwrapper of volume II has two small tears. Vol.I,pp.xxxii,264. Vol.II,pp.v,265-506. 618 plans and illustrations. Folding map in pocket at end of volume II. A nice set. (Book ref. 16202) £68.00
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Roxburghshire Monumental Inscriptions Vol. No. XX Kelso Cemetery Rosebank
Borders Family History Society, 2005. First Edition. Softback. 4to. A very good copy. Ringbind format. 202 pages. 10 illustrations. (Book ref. 14622) £12.00
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Wain Brian Auld Roxburgh from Former Times to the Golden Jubilee 2002
Privately Published. First Edition. Softback. A fine copy. 218 pages. Many illustrations including colour. The story of Roxburgh village and the seven Roxburghe Estate farms within the parish. (Book ref. 14542) £20.00
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McMichael Archibald C. Notes By the Way Chiefly in the Counties of Roxburgh, Selkirk, Peebles, Berwick and Haddington
Ayr: Hugh Henry. First Edition. Hardback. 16mo. Nd. but probably 1880's. A good copy in dark green cloth. Some foxing mainly to early and late pages. 176 pages. An account of the villages and towns of the Scottish Borders and East Lothian. (Book ref. 14505) £18.00
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Dr Robert Milne (1881-1949), consulting surgeon to the London Hospital [Frederic Eve, T. H. Openshaw, Percy Furnivall, A. B. Roxburgh, Francis Warner, Arthur H. N. Lewers, Bertrand Dawson]: Printed application by Robert Milne for post of assistant surgeon at London Hospital, with testimonials from Frederic Eve, T. H. Openshaw, Percy Furnivall, A. B. Roxburgh, Francis Warner, Arthur H. N. Lewers, Bertrand Dawson, and two others.
8 July 1910; 31 Finsbury Square, E.C. 4to, 10 pp. On one side each of ten leaves, attached to one another with a pin. Texts clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with light rust staining to the first leaf, which carries Milne's printed covering letter. The other nine leaves carry a testimonial letter each (the last two being by Henry Russell Andrews and Hubert M. Turnbull), all couched in glowing terms. Eve describes Milne as 'one of the best House-Surgeons I have ever had', and Bertrand Dawson states that his 'record is one of brilliant success'. Milne's application was successful, and he continued to work at the London Hospital until his retirement in 1942. For information on Milne, see his obituary in the British Medical Journal, 15 October 1949. He was the son of Robert Milne (1849-1922), Chief Medical Officer for Barnardo's Homes and Hospitals, for thirty-nine years between 1880 and 1919. (Book ref. 10777) £80.00
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Tranter, Nigel The Border Country
London: Robert Hale, 1972. 1st. Hard Cover. Very Good ++/Fair. 8vo 0 7091 3140 2 A very crisp, clean and tight book with minimal rubbing to edges and a half inch length of black marking just along the top edge of the spine cover. It has no owner's inscriptions. The unclipped dustwrapper has a piece approx. 2" x 1 3/4" missing from the front cover, a faded spine, rubbing and chipping to the edges and has been supportively repaired (Book ref. 005693) £9.00
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Borders Family History Society: Roxburghshire Monumental Inscriptions, Vol X Crailing and Nisbet
BFHS 1993 Mint condition, soft covers, 52pp including index (Book ref 2158) (Book ref. 214) £8.00
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Banks, F. R. Scottish Border Country - Roxburghshire and parts of Northumberland, Cumberland, Berwickshire, Selkirkshire and Dumfriesshire
London, B T Batsford, 1951. Hardback, 8vo red cloth boards, gilt titles, first edition, viii prelims, 152 +pp. plus index, Photographic illustrations. Good/NoWrapper. Book feels tight and solid, with boards clean, though front has faded lightly evenly where exposed. Faint foxing to right block edge. Spine creased. No d/w. Illustrated journey through Scottish border country. Catalogue: Scotland. Keywords: Scotland, England, border, Hadrian (Book ref. 4822) £5.00
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Hawick TWO AUCTION SALE CATALOGUES For Sale of Store Sheep, 23rd October, 1940, and for sale of 1350 Suckled Calves, Blue-Grey, Aberdeen Angus Cross, Galloway and Shorthorn, 22nd October, 1940.
1940. Each 4pp., tall 8vo, on thick paper, vertical fold. --- Please e-mail for one of my FREE CATALOGUES which include SCOTLAND [ Manuscripts, Maps, Ephemera, Views, etc., etc. ] --- (Book ref. UK29-2319) £8.00
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Mason, John - a tourist The border tour throughout the most important and interesting places in the counties of Northumberland, Berwick, Roxburgh and Selkirk
Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Co for Walter Grieve, Kelso [et al], 1826. Full-Leather. iii-x, 230p + folding plate as frontis. Plate is browned and creased. Light browning and some soiling and spotting throughout. Lower margin of pvii-viii replaced, repair to edge of final page. Original full leather binding, worn at edges, lower lettering label missing. Front board very nearly detached. Interesting wood grain effect marbled end papers. Written by A tourist = John Mason (Book ref. 002803) £95.00
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