About the Book
In this imaginative, informative and amusing miscellany, award-winning journalist John MacLeod explores some of the well-known symbols of Scottish culture (as well some of the quirkier ones) and looks beneath the surface to shatter some long-held assumptions that will surprise even the most well-informed Scotophile. Did you know, for example, that the kilt was actually banned in Scotland at one point, and that particular tartans were never originally identified with specific clans, let alone surnames?
From bagpipes, haggis, whisky and the Forth Rail Bridge to Andy Murray, Mary, Queen of Scots and Irn Bru, this book is a fascinating celebration of Scotland that will appeal to visitors and locals alike.
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Paperback | Pub: 07 May 2010
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