This new history of Scotland — a collaboration between Kathleen Jamie, Alistair Moffat, Alexander McCall Smith, James Crawford, and James Robertson — charts the story of the nation by examining twenty-five of its most significant buildings. Kathleen Jamie scours the Cairngorms for signs of ancient hearths, while Alistair Moffat reexamines the history of Edinburgh Castle and Alexander McCall Smith explores Iona’s ancient abbey. From the borders to the islands, Who Built Scotland reveals the historical narratives codified and preserved in the built environment around us.
We are delighted to welcome James Crawford and James Robertson to the bookshop to celebrate this fabulous publication. James Crawford, author of Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of the World’s Greatest Lost Buildings, is also chair of Publishing Scotland; and James Robertson is a writer of novels, short stories, and poetry, as well as a publisher at Itchy Coo. Whether it’s the Forth Bridge, an eco-bothy on the Isle of Eigg, or Hugh MacDiarmid’s cottage, both Jameses will shed light on the past that surrounds us. Join us for this fascinating evening to discover new strands in the tapestry of Scottish history.