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T.C. Smout

T.C. Smout, Scotland’s Historiographer Royal, founded the Institute for Environmental History at St Andrews. His latest book, with Fiona Watson and Alan MacDonald, is A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920.

What Makes an Oak Tree Grow

T.C. Smout, 29 November 2007

Oliver Rackham’s Woodlands is Volume 100 of the New Naturalist series, started by Collins after the Second World War with the aim of making ecology accessible to the increasing numbers of people who visited the countryside and had a serious curiosity about what it contained. It included such early classics as R.S.R. Fitter on the natural history of London, and Frank Fraser Darling on...

Happier Days

Rosalind Mitchison, 4 April 1991

Here is an anthology of pieces drawn from published hooks on life in Scotland, mostly memoirs and mostly familiar to historians. Old friends include George Robertson, Joseph Mitchell, Thomas...

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Cropping the bluebells

Angus Calder, 22 January 1987

Professor Smout has had the difficult task of providing a sequel to a book which now looks like a landmark in Scottish historiography. Published in 1969, his History of the Scottish People...

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