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Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450–1650 (Fortress) (Paperback)

Castles and Tower Houses of the Scottish Clans 1450–1650 (Fortress) By Stuart Reid, Graham Turner (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Stuart Reid, Graham Turner (Illustrator)
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With the exception of the key royal sites, such as Stirling and Edinburgh, few Scottish castles were located at strategic points, or were intended to house garrisons required to defend or subjugate towns. Instead they were primarily fortified dwelling houses, erected in an environment of weak Royal authority and endemic feuding between rival clans and groups, in both Highland and Lowland areas. Although some enceinte castles were developed during the 16th and 17th centuries, most defensive construction focused on the tower house, a distinctive vernacular style of Scottish fortification. This book examines the design, development, and purpose of these quintessentially Scottish buildings, and also covers larger sites such as Urquhart and Blackness.

About the Author

Stuart Reid was born in Aberdeen in 1954 and is married with two sons. He has worked as a librarian and a professional soldier and his main focus of interest lies in the 18th and 19th centuries. This interest stems from having ancestors who served in the British Army and the East India Company and who fought at Culloden, Bunker Hill and even in the Texas Revolution. His books for Osprey include the highly acclaimed titles about King George's Army 1740-93 (Men-at-Arms 285, 289 and 292), and the British Redcoat 1740-1815 (Warrior 19 and 20).

Praise For…

“This fortress book is a real must for those interested in 'reviving and retrieving' in the late 16th and early 17th centuries -- a nice twist to the standard English Civil War period. The text is well written and is an easy, fun read and a welcomed addition to this writer's library. I am already in the process of building my own border reivers tower house using this book as a reference!” —Historical Miniature Gamer

Product Details
ISBN: 9781841769622
ISBN-10: 1841769622
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: March 28th, 2006
Pages: 64
Language: English
Series: Fortress