In Eccentric Wealth, Alastair Scott traces the life of Lancashire industrialist Sir George Bullough in this absorbing biography which explores his family's connection with the Hebridean island of Rum, particularly the building of Kinloch Castle, the most intact preserve of Edwardian high-living to be found in Britain. Based on new information, the book offers a fascinating insight into the life and times of one of the great eccentrics of his age, including the Bullough myths and scandals which continue to make extraordinary reading more than a hundred years later.
Alastair Scott is a travel writer, novelist, photographer and sailor. He was born in Edinburgh in 1954 and moved to Elgin a few years later. His love of the outdoors developed on walks with his father, and photography became a passion after completing two useless degrees at Stirling University. In 1978 he set off with camera and kilt on a five-year journey around the world, working and hitchhiking. On his return he started a photographic library, which he continues to run, and began writing a trilogy about his adventures. Scot Free ('How gratifying it is to welcome a young Scotsman as a major new travel writer...' Glasgow Herald) was published in 1986, closely followed by A Scot Goes South and A Scot Returns. In 1987 he took a dogteam across Alaska to the Bering Sea and wrote Tracks Across Alaska ('A superb book ... Few can duplicate Mr Scott's ability to relate a provocative adventure.' The New York Times Book Review) which was published on both sides of the Atlantic. Feeling it was time to take a closer look at his homeland, he travelled Scotland in 1993 and Native Stranger was the result. Over the next decade he continued his travels, did odd assignments for radio and papers, wrote a guidebook (Dorling Kindersley's Top Ten Scotland, learned to sail and had his first novel published. Stuffed Lives is a satirical romp set in the Highlands. In 2003 he sailed solo round Ireland and his account of this journey, Salt and Emerald, was published in 2008. His latest book, EccentrIc Wealth - The Bulloughs of Rum tells the extraordinary story of a Lancashire family of cotton machinery inventors of immense wealth, one of whom built Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum, even installing glasshouses with free-flying humming birds, and ponds of turtles and alligators! There were divorces, scandals, world tours, and fascinating insights into the social world of 'new money'.
Alastair Scott lives in the Scottish Highlands.