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Did you know that a Scot landed in America a century before Columbus? Or that Scotland had electric lighting 70 years before Edison patented the light bulb? Probably not, because Scotland has two histories. The image of the Scots as whisky-drinking, tartan-sporting, tight-fisted kilt wearers is famous throughout the world. The image is manufactured. Yet Scotland's reputation for producing inventors, thinkers, and explorerspeople who have changed the course of world historyis nowhere near as prevalent. The scale of Scottish influence has truly been underestimated. This book looks at the things Scots are famous forand shouldn't be, and the things they aren't famous forand should be. Jan-Andrew Henderson is the author of The Town Below the Ground: Edinburgh¹s Legendary Underground City.
Did you know that most tartans date only from 1822? Or that Scotland had electric lighting 70 years before Watt patented the light bulb? This text reveals Scotland's two secret histories: the things Scots are famous for and shouldn't be, and the things they are not famous for but should be.
Och no, Dr Kildare, they are revealing the truth about what's behind the kilt! B/w illus.