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Walking the border : a journey between Scotland and England

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Publication Type
General Interest Book
Author
Ian Crofton
ISBN
9781780273082
Date Published
2014
Size
238 x 164 mm
Number of Pages
272pp
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https://birlinn.co.uk/product/walking-the-border/
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Birlinn publishes Scottish and general UK interest books, from biography to history, military history, sport and Scottish Gaelic. The name comes from the old Norse word 'birlinn', meaning a long boat or small galley used especially in the Hebrides and West Highlands of Scotland in the Middle Ages.

Review:

Publisher's website 2018

In this book Ian Crofton makes a journey on foot from Gretna Green in the southwest to Berwick in the northeast, following as close as possible the Anglo-Scottish Border as it has been fixed since the union of the crowns in 1603. Much of the line of the Border runs through a wild, overwhelmingly unvisited no man's land - the sort of trackless waste perfect for keeping two belligerent peoples apart? During the course of his journey Ian Crofton considers a number of questions how 'natural' are borderlines? Sometimes they follow physical barriers, sometimes an arbitrary line on a map, the compromise made by some committee of distant diplomats.


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