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Folktales & traditions
About the Book
Proverbs, once described as ‘the wisdom of many and the wit of one’, offer unique insights the way of life and the social mores of past generations.
This book features an introduction which explores the role of proverbs in Scottish culture and over 1,000 proverbs arranged in easily accessible A–Z format. Many have been commonly used for hundreds of years, but modern sayings are also included. The addition of a comprehensive glossary will help you fully appreciate these colourful and often humorous nuggets of wisdom and advice.
Jock’s a mislear’d imp, but ye’re a rum deil
Jock may be mischievous, but he’s well behaved by your standards
The fish that sooms in a dub will aye taste o’ mud
You can never change your upbringing
When ye can suit yer shanks to my shoon, ye may speak
Don’t speak about me until you’ve been in a similar situation yourself
Paperback | Pub: 23 May 2019£30.00
John Gregorson Campbell (1834–91) was one of the most outstanding folklorists working in Scotland during the nineteenth century. Based on materials which he had gathered in the 1850s and 1860s, his Superstitions of the Highlands and Islands of...
Paperback | Pub: 08 Aug 2019£12.99
On the brink of the First World War, Scotland was regarded throughout the British Isles as ‘the workshop of the Empire’. Not only were Clyde-built ships known the world over, Scotland produced half of Britain’s total production of...
Paperback | Pub: 04 Jan 2016£30.00
John Bannerman (1932-2008) saw the history of Scotland from a Gaelic perspective, and his outstanding scholarship made thatperspective impossible to ignore. As a historian, his natural home was the era between the Romans and the twelfth century when...
E-Book | Pub: 16 Jun 2015£3.99
Skara Brae, Orkney, during the Neolithic period. The sun is dying, crops are failing and the local inhabitants fear that the end of the world is near. When a strange boy appears from nowhere, dressed in an odd silver suit – his ‘silver...