Tag Archives: whaling

Dundee at a Glance

Dundee is a most dynamic city, always changing, always innovative. Once a major linen centre, then, as Juteopolis, the centre of the world’s jute trade, it was also the port where the best Arctic ships in the world were built, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Dundee, family, folklore, history, Inventions, literature, maritime, Scotland, Shipping, Uncategorized, University, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scots in Hawaii

The Scots have a reputation for poking around in every corner of the world. It is like a gift, or curse, this wanderlust. The first man to cross Australia south to north was Scottish, as was the first man known … Continue reading

Posted in Christianity, Edinburgh, Exploration, Glasgow,, Hawaii, history, Immigration, maritime, Uncategorized, Victorian values | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

On this week in Scottish history

11 January 1918: Representation of the People‚Äôs Act gave the vote to all adult males aged 21 or over except peers, prisoners and the insane. Women aged 30 or over could also vote, provided that they were householders or wives … Continue reading

Posted in Abduction, Books, children, crime, Crime; History, Edinburgh, family, Glasgow,, Historical Crime, history, humanity, maritime, military, Nazi Germany, People, publication, publication, books, author, publishers, Scotland, Shipping, slavery, sport, Uncategorized, War, writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Packet of Liverpool

This time yesterday I was sitting beside the Beatles Museum, looking over at the Ferry across the Mersey and within a shadow’s fall of the Liver Building. It was all so Liverpool: the essence of that bustling, vibrant and very … Continue reading

Posted in crime, ferry across the mersey, gangs, history, Liverpool, murder, museums, prostitution, re-development, Shipping, slavery, the beatles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ancestors in the Arctic

Hi All Well, tomorrow is the big day. Tomorrow I launch my final book to be published this year. It is called Ancestors in the Arctic and it is a photographic history of the Dundee whaling industry. The images are … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ancestors in the Arctic

launched on 7 December 2013 with fantastic images

Image | Posted on by | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Writing about whalers

Hi Folks When not writing about crime, or working as a lecturer, I write about the whaling industry. In particular I write about the Scottish whaling industry of the 19th century. Today people castigate the whaling industry, and quite rightly. … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment