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I Never Knew That About Scotland [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Winn
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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The inspiration for the primetime ITV series on Great Britain, this is the ultimate journey around Scotland from bestselling author Christopher Winn. Travelling county by county, this irresistible miscellany unearths the enthralling stories, firsts, birthplaces, legends and inventions that shape the country's rich and majestic history. To uncover the spellbinding tales that lie hidden within Scotland's wild and romantic shores, to experience what inspired the country's powerful literature and towering castles, and to tread in the footsteps of her villains and victors, is to capture the spirit of this fascinating country and bring every place you visit to life. You will discover the story of the original 'sweetheart', John Balliol, whose embalmed heart is buried beside his devoted wife Devorgilla at Sweetheart Abbey in Kirkcudbrightshire. In Aberdeen you will find the only granite cathedral in the world. And you will hear the haunting echo of the Bear Gates of Traquair House in Peeblesshire were slammed shut when Bonnie Prince Charlie left Scotland in 1746 - legend has it that they will never be re-opened until a Stuart King once more sits on the throne. This beautifully illustrated treasure trove of interesting facts about the history of Scotland is the perfect gift, and will act as an eye-opening guide to this thrilling, alluring and ever-bewitching country.

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"There's stuff in here that would have taken St. Patrick aback..." -- Terry Wogan

Book Description

A fascinating miscellany of good stories and interesting facts about Scotland, in bestselling format

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6597 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D1TN7A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Christopher Winn's first book was the bestselling I Never Knew That About England. Volumes on Ireland, Scotland, Wales and London followed and he has recently published books on the English, Scottish and Irish, alongside an illustrated edition of I Never Knew That About England. A freelance writer and collector of trivia for over 20 years, he has worked with Terry Wogan and Jonathan Ross and sets quiz questions for television as well as for the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. He is also the Associate Producer for a TV series by ITV on Great Britain, airing in 2014. He is married to artist Mai Osawa, who illustrates all the books in the series. His website is

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Never Knew That About Scotland 26 Dec. 2009
An excellent little book, hard covers too. Well written, witty and informative. No trip around Scotland should be without a copy. The text is clearly and logically laid out, county by county in alphabetical order and the sketches are an added delight. I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Book Review 12 Jan. 2011
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Bought it as a present for my grandad. ALl he ever reads is books on Scotland and local history, but there were lots of things in this book that he didn't know so he really enjoyed it. Would deffinately recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incorrect information 19 May 2014
I've not bought this but I've been flicking through it on the "Look Inside" function on Amazon, and I've soon found glaring factual errors.

The book claims that Murrayfield "hosted the world's first international rugby match in 1925". Rugby had been played internationally for a number of decades before 1925, Murrayfield just hosted its first international in that year.

Under the title for the chapter "Nairnshire" there's the Gaelic name for place, only it's not! Uisage n Earn is incorrect Gaelic (the 's' should have an 'e' or an 'i' after it to make it a slender consonant). Apart from that, the Gaelic name for Nairn is actually Inbhir Narann.

These might be the only mistakes in the whole book, but now that I'm aware of them I'm suspicious of any claims made by this book and simply would not trust it. So despite initially putting this on my Wish List, it's now been deleted and I won't be buying it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I know nothing... 19 July 2009
By Ren
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Got this for my father's "Fathers Day" present. At 85yrs I thought he knew everything about his country. Although he is a very clever man and still very switched on, there are many bits of information about the entire country, which father was not aware (or had maybe just forgotten).

Anyway... a light read crammed full of interesting trivia and facts with places to seek out and see as a consequence.

A good read :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 6 May 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A great little book with so much packed into it with some great facts and quirky comments which will entertain you constantly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining little book 29 Nov. 2009
Excellent book, good for dipping in and out and at this time of year a great stocking filler.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scottish Information 26 Aug. 2012
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This book has proved to be the best gift to my Scottish friends. It is full of interesting facts, humour and details which one tends forget in the passage of time. For all those who are not fully aware of Scottish geography or history this book is a mustread.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Things to find out about Scotland 29 April 2009
Even if you are a Scot there are things in this great little book that even you did not know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended,.
If you are interested in Scotland, then this book is for you, as it is full of fabulously interesting fact about many places in Scotland. Highly recommended,.
Published 22 days ago by Esmerelda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting and had a few local facts I didn't know
Published 5 months ago by james
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
All children should read it - full of info on Scotland . Great book
Published 5 months ago by Lowrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A gift, gratefully received from a Scot!!!!
Published 6 months ago by slaphappy
5.0 out of 5 stars Smart Looking
It is very readable and very informative, dividing things into regions makes it have an area attraction too, where ever you happen to be. Read more
Published 9 months ago by kenscott
4.0 out of 5 stars very good
Lots of snippets I never knew. Good book to dip into if you want to know about Scotland. Worth buying
Published 11 months ago by gil bellshaw
5.0 out of 5 stars I Never Knew That About Scotland
There are so many facts in here that most people wouldn't know about Scotland that it is a book that should be in every house
Published 17 months ago by H. Mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Great book and was a great present from friends from America, and they were really interested in reading about Scotland.
Published on 10 Jan. 2013 by Mr Raymond M Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for friend
Purchased as Christmas gift for a friend who is considered to know a great deal about Scotland. She has made a number of interesting discoveries from the book!
Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by janice evett
5.0 out of 5 stars The title explains all.
Not having been born in Scotland and being rather a snooty English woman I enjoyed learning new things about Scotland although having lived in Edinburgh for 50 odd years I find by... Read more
Published on 11 Sept. 2012 by Jean B. Craig
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