Alistair Moffat at Topping & Co, Edinburgh


War Paths: Walking in the Shadows of the Clans

A former director of both the Edinburgh Fringe and STV, and founder of the Borders Book Festival, Alistair Moffat is an author of high acclaim. Through his histories of Scotland and its regions, as well as investigations into Scots’ genetic inheritance, Alistair has proven himself a great chronicler of the past. This time round, Alistair will tell us about his latest book, War Paths: Walking in the Shadows of the Clans.

  • Tuesday 19 September, 7:30pm
  • Topping & Co, 2 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5JH
  • Tickets £8

War Paths

Alistair Moffat sets off in the footsteps of the Highland clans. In twelve journeys he explores places of conflict, recreating as he walks the tumult of battle. As he recounts the military prowess of the clans – surely the most feared fighting men in western Europe – he also speaks of their lives, their language and culture before it was all swept away. The disaster at Culloden in 1746 represented not just the defeat of the Jacobite dream but also the unleashing of merciless retribution from the British government which dealt the Highland clans a blow from which they would never recover.

From the colonisers who attempted to ‘civilise’ the islanders of Lewis in the sixteenth century through the great battles of the eighteenth century – Killiekrankie, Dunkeld, Sheriffmuir, Falkirk and Culloden – this is a unique exploration of many of the places and events which define a country’s history.

About Alistair Moffat:

Alistair Moffat was born and bred in the Scottish Borders. A former Director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Director of Programmes at Scottish Television and founder of the Borders Book Festival, he is also the author of a number of highly acclaimed books. From 2011 he was Rector of the University of St Andrews. His previous books include The ReiversThe BordersScotland: A History from Earliest Times and To the Island of Tides.

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Tuesday 19 Sep 2023
Topping & Company Booksellers, Edinburgh. United Kingdom