Book List

The City Ports and Military Defences, pp.162-175.

Although in some of the old charters properties are described as infra muros civitatis Glasguensis, it is certain that at no time was Glasgow a walled town. The expression "infra muros" meant simply within the ports or gates. Eneo Silvio describes the towns in Scotland in the fifteenth century as all unwalled; and John Major, … Continue reading The City Ports and Military Defences, pp.162-175.

‘Directory of Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh’ (1978 fac-simile of 1775)

This is a directory that includes the names, ages & addresses of some of Edinburgh's, apparently, most proficient 'Ladies of Pleasure'. I'd come across this book a few times in my seeking out of other titles but had no real desire to obtain a copy as it doesn't have too much of a bearing on … Continue reading ‘Directory of Ladies of Pleasure in Edinburgh’ (1978 fac-simile of 1775)

Old Streets and Buildings, Part 4, pp.150-161.

In its earliest history - apart from its ecclesiastical position - Glasgow was only known as a salmon-fishing village, and the Clyde as a prolific salmon river. From the earliest times, accordingly, salmon-fishing was a valuable right; it formed a staple branch of trade, and the earliest of our records contain grants of rights of … Continue reading Old Streets and Buildings, Part 4, pp.150-161.

Old Streets and Buildings, Part 2, pp.131-140.

For many years the convent shared, along with the chapter-house of the Cathedral, the merit of sheltering under its roof the more important assemblies of the university after its foundation in the middle of the fifteenth century. In the century following the prior and convent made an attempt to vindicate for their precincts the privileges … Continue reading Old Streets and Buildings, Part 2, pp.131-140.