Another interesting selection of Scottish material was received by the National Library of Scotland this week including Claudius by Scottish novelist Douglas Jackson. In this novel Caratacus, war chief of the Britons, takes on the Roman legions of the Emperor Claudius. Douglas Jackson was born in Jedburgh and currently lives in Bridge of Allan. At present he is working on a new trilogy of novels with the first title, Hero of Rome, due out later this month.
Also new in this week was Thomas Telford’s Scotland by Chris Morris. This illustrated book describes the engineering legacy of Thomas Telford in Scotland, covering famous achievements, for example the Caledonian Canal, alongside smaller projects such as the various churches designed by Telford. You can find more books, articles and chapters about Thomas Telford on Scottish Bibliographies Online.
Another new addition was Scottish genealogy by Bruce Durie. A handy guide for people researching their Scottish family history, this book covers genealogical sources from Old Parish Records to the less obvious, as well as providing hints on palaeography and organising your research.