Recent additions to the Scottish collections at the National Library of Scotland included Suzanne Rigg’s Men of spirit and enterprise : Scots and Orkneymen in the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1780-1821, which looks at the history of Scottish and, in particular, Orcadian involvement in the North American fur trade. The life and working conditions of the migrants is examined, as is the impact of their migration and the fur trade on the economy and local communities in Scotland and North America.
Basil Spence : buildings and projects by Louise Campbell, Miles Glendinning and Jane Thomas examines the life, career and works of one of Britain’s best known architects. Born to Scottish parents in India, Spence was educated in Edinburgh, studying at George Watson’s College and the Edinburgh College of Art. Once qualified, he established his architectural practice in Edinburgh and was based in the city for many years. Spence’s works include Gribloch House in Stirlingshire, Glasgow Airport, the Hutchesontown C flats in the Gorbals and the Scottish Widows offices at Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh. Outside of Scotland his significant works include Coventry Cathedral, the British Embassy in Rome and the extension to the New Zealand parliament in Wellington. You can learn more about the life and work of Sir Basil Spence at the Sir Basil Spence Archive Project.
The life and work of Scottish poet Ian Hamilton Finlay is examined in Ian Hamilton Finlay : selections edited and introduced by Alec Finlay. This book details the evolution of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s work from early lyrical poetry, plays and stories to his well known concrete poetry and garden at Little Sparta.