Kelsae: A History of Kelso from Earliest Times

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A definitive local history, where street corners and even individual cobblestones rate a mention, Kelsae is a comprehensive yet affectionate history of this fascinating Border town. Beginning with the foundation of Scotland's greatest medieval abbey in 1128, it goes on to reconstruct from documents the lost burgh of Scotland, Roxburgh. Once as important as Edinburgh and Dunfermline in medieval Scotland, now nothing whatsoever remains of the old town. After the Reformation and destruction of the Abbey, Kelso ...

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A definitive local history, where street corners and even individual cobblestones rate a mention, Kelsae is a comprehensive yet affectionate history of this fascinating Border town. Beginning with the foundation of Scotland's greatest medieval abbey in 1128, it goes on to reconstruct from documents the lost burgh of Scotland, Roxburgh. Once as important as Edinburgh and Dunfermline in medieval Scotland, now nothing whatsoever remains of the old town. After the Reformation and destruction of the Abbey, Kelso became uninvolved in national politics and settled into the beautiful market town it is today. Alistair Moffat brilliantly uses anecdote, illustration and oral history to bring the modern period to life. At its heart Kelsae is exactly what local history should be. Every detail of the town's history, from its involvement in international politics to the correct spelling of the name of a close that disappeared in 1805, has been painstakingly researched, providing the reader with a vibrant and vigorous account.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841584577
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Alistair Moffat, born and raised in Kelso in the Scottish Border country, has often left the place in body, but never in spirit. He attended the universities of St Andrews, Edinburgh and London, and also received some tough education on the rugby fields of the Borders. In 1976 Alistair took over the running of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and in five years made it the largest and most dynamic arts festival in the world. It was during his time there that it grew tremendously and many famous names emerged as major talents. Moffat then moved to Scottish Television and rose through the ranks to become director of programmes. On the way he made several award-winning documentaries and then took over the running of the children's schedule on ITV. After a period as chairman of Scottish Television, he returned to the Borders to work and live where he founded the Borders Book Festival which takes place in Melrose each summer and threatens to grow phenomenally. A prolific and popular author, Alistair's books The Borders, The Reviers, The Sea Kingdoms, The Wall and Tuscany are all published by Birlinn.

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