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Land of the Lost Exploring the North-East's Vanished Townships by Robert Smith

Land of the Lost Exploring the North-East's Vanished Townships


Land of the Lost Exploring the North-East's Vanished Townships by Robert Smith

This is a book about a search for a sense of the past, looking at old days and old ways; hoping, perhaps, to find a whisper of those 'voices on the braes'. This is the story of the vanished peoples and communities of the Northeast; of people and places whose lives, achievements and traditions are today on the very edge of memory. Through Deeside, Donside, Strathavon and beyond, Bob Smith searches out the deserted and forgotten villages and clachans which lay throughout the area and whose rich history is now often simply commemorated by anonymous ruins set deep in remote glens. First published in 1997, Land of the Lost was an instant success. This new edition has been expanded by almost half to incorporate chapters on the glens south of Strathdon, the area around Belnagauld and the Bunzeach, Mulloch Hill, the track known as the Pollach Road, the fermtouns around Monymusk, and the area around Foudland. It also includes numerous rare archive photographs.

About the Author

Robert Smith began his journalistic career as a copy boy at the age of fifteen, and would go on to be the longest-serving editor of the Evening Express in Aberdeen. On retiring he became a prolific author of local history and walks in the North-East of Scotland. Robert died in 2008 at the age of eighty-four.

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Publication date

1st March 2011


Robert Smith

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Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General


320 pages


Local history



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