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The Invention of Scotland

The Invention of Scotland [Kindle Edition]

Hugh Trevor-Roper
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`The detail and the accessibility of [Trevor-Roper's] scholarship make for enjoyable reading, the kind that entertains and educates.'
--Lesley McDowell, The Glasgow Herald, 10th October 2009

`An excellent read, well argued, and a book which all those with an interest in Scotland and history should have.'
--Orange Standard, March 2010


'Written with Hugh Trevor-Roper's characteristic grace and pungency... an enlightening and entertaining work.'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 611 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (16 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089W2I1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,298 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
As a patriotic Scot I think we need books like this,because it sets the record straight and challenges some long held romanticised myths about our history.This book deals with the Picts, the Strathclyde Britons and the Germanic settlers in the south east and their relationship with the Scots and how they became the dominant force in the land. Their are large tracts of the book where the author deals with the early literature of Scotland, and it can get rather boring. The book really picks up when the author discusses kilts & tartans, he points out that Highland dress is relatively modern and that the philieg kilt was invented by Thomas Rawlinson,an English Quaker.Before that the highlander wore a belted plaid and his chieftain would have wore trews. When the British army started up Highland regiments they adopted the philibeg with a specific tartan for each regiment, they recruited men from specific clans and so each clan became associated with a tartan. Early portraits of the Grants & McDonald clans have them in a variety of different tartans.This is a good book and worth reading if you are interested in Scotland.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The history of humankind teaches us that people will often prefer to believe anything but the truth even when that truth is staring them in the face. Despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary there are still those who insist that Scotland invented the bagpipes, the kilt and tartans. In this well researched work Hugh Trevor-Roper presents carefully researched evidence proving that they did not invent any of them. These three items that often define Scotland to the outside world are all imports from other cultures. The true greatness of Scotland lies elsewhere, mainly with the so called Lowland Scots such as Robert Burns, the Lighthouse Stevensons, James Watt John Logie Baird, the inventor of the Television and many more. The canny Scots exploit bagpipes, kilts and tartans for all their worth to catch the gullible tourist trade, not least the important part of it that comes from North America.

Trousers and trews are relatively recent types of garment. Some scholars trace the origin of trousers to a female garment worn in ancient China. More often than not in the ancient world men wore loose, skirt-like garments under which they wore a loin cloth. Roman soldiers wore skirts which looked exactly like kilts, under which they wore a kind of knee breeches. Numerous engravings and paintings of ancient Egyptians show that the men in those days wore kilts or skirts. The great kilt was a garment worn by Scottish Highlanders from a long while back and it consisted of a long length of woollen cloth belted round the waist with the loose end thrown over the shoulder and it was inconvenient and cumbersome for anyone engaged in such tasks as tree felling and furnace feeding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exposing 6 Jun 2014
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A pretty decent read to those interested in such things and reading the reviews you will see commendations by Scotch people themselves whom are honest enough to admit much of it is true. Scotland is a nation of myth but must be given credit for the way it has maintained the myths to this day, it must employ one brilliant publicist. Just look at Braveheart the movie as an example. This is considered to be factual by many Scots but much of it is poetic licence and simply made up. The kilt, Haggis and bagpipes are all things considered Scotch but in reality are not but then again tea isn't English so there is nothing wrong with a nation integrating something foreign into its national identity. The Scotch are allowed to be Scotch whilst we English have to be British, denied our own parliament by Westminster and our own national anthem and everything that goes with it , we must hope the Scotch vote yes in the hope that it will start the ball rolling on the formation of an independent England. No doubt as always some will point out that it's not Scotch, its Scot's but may I point out that the term Scotch is an English word for someone from Scotland just as sasanach ( Saxon ) is a term fro someone from England.
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Both apposite (given a certain referendum coming up) and entertaining - see other reviews, which, rather than the appositeness, are the reason I bought this. I do appreciate Nic Allen's two-star strictures, but I find poking at wasps' nests rather good sport. I do think, though, that if CUP had published this rather than merely printing it they'd have caught that 'averse from' in the editor's foreward, which almost put me off my scone; wake up, Yale!

* ..though Bill C's one-star review proposes three English myths, and I have to say a bearskin outdoes a kilt in sheer ludicrousness. Let them fight it out!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The invention of Scotland, myth and history. 19 Dec 2009
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Bought this book for my husband, him being a Scot. He's read it and tells me he found it very enjoyable. It does tell the truth, so he says.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 20 July 2014
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Delightful and entertaining.
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