This week’s intake of Scottish interest items included Sir John Malcolm and the creation of British India by Jack Harrington. Published by Palgrave Macmillan, this book analyses the career and writings of leading colonial administrator Sir John Malcolm and his role in the formation and administration of British India. Sir John Malcolm (1769-1833) was born in Dumfriesshire and was stationed by the East India Company in Madras at the age of 13. Knighted in 1815, Malcolm held various positions in British India until his final post as Governor of Bombay from 1827-1831.
The Scots & the turf : racing and breeding – the Scottish influence by Alan Yuill Walker considers the often overlooked contribution of Scots past and present to horseracing. Stirling born champion jockey Willie Carson and the Queen Mother, owner of many racehorses, are amongst those whose role is discussed in this book. The Scots & the turf is published by Black & White.
The life and career of Scottish artist Jack Morrocco is the subject of Jack Morrocco : a work in progress by Roy McGregor and published by GFA Publishing. Born in Edinburgh in 1953, Jack studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee where he gained the highest possible postgraduate award in 1975. Jack currently paints at his home studio in Fife, as well as in the Cote d’Azur. Roy McGregor’s book provides interesting biographical information about Jack and is beautifully illustrated with a selection of Jack’s work. You can find references to items by Jack Morrocco at Scottish Bibliographies Online.
The Kellys of Kelvingrove, published by Black & White, is the latest novel by Scottish author Margaret Thomson Davis. Margaret was born in Bathgate in 1926 but has spent most of her life in Glasgow. She is the author of over 40 novels and 200 short stories. Her first novel, The breadmakers was published in 1972. Set in 1970s Glasgow, The Kellys of Kelvingrove follows the fortunes of seven households living alongside the River Kelvin. You can find references to more items by Margaret on Scottish Bibliographies Online.