Derek Hall lives in Perth where he is deputy director of SUAT (derived from the old Urban Archaeology Unit). He was educated at Elgin and in Weymouth and has worked for a variety of archaeological bodies including Historic Scotland where he was an Inspector. He is currently chairman of the Council for Scottish Archaeology Churches Committee. He has written numerous articles and reports and contributed a chapter to The Perthshire Book.
Burgess, Merchant and Priest: Burgh Life in the Scottish Medieval Townby Christine M. Unwin (Illustrator), Historic Scotland, Derek Hall
Scotland's towns are almost unique in Western Europe. They do not derive from Roman models but grew from planned medieval burghs. The first of these were founded by David I in the 12th century and includes towns like Perth, Aberdeen, Elgin, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. This is the first popular synthesis to be attempted of what life was like in these new communities - not simply with regard to houses, clothes and lifestyles but also in relation to the religious houses which played such an important part in their life, the hospitals which treated the sick, and the industries and trade which provided their life blood. Extensive use of reconstruction illustration and photographs combine to create a vivid picture of the bustling nature and wealth of the original new towns.
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