Borders

Kitty Cruft, John Dunbar, and Richard Fawcett

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March 2, 2006
800 pages, 4 3/4 x 8 1/2
120 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300107029
Cloth

The Scottish Borders, one of the most architecturally enticing regions of Scotland, encompass rocky coastlines, rolling moors, and farmland. The early buildings reflect a history of conflict, as do the ruins of the numerous great Borders abbeys. The River Tweed provides a delightful setting for the burghs of Peebles, Galashiels, Melrose, and Kelso, where small weavers’ cottages and colossal nineteenth-century mills remain from the once-mighty textile industry.
The region boasts country houses of exceptional quality and importance, including Thirlestane Castle, Traquair, and Paxton as well as Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, which is world-renowned as the fount of nineteenth-century Romanticism. Other highlights of this comprehensive guide are little-known shooting and fishing lodges, rural steadings, arts and crafts villas, Art Deco schools, and the extraordinary Sunderland House, a building of Miesian purity by Peter Womersley.

Kitty Cruft is former curator of the National Monuments Record of Scotland. John Dunbar was Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland from 1978 to 1990. Richard Fawcett is principal inspector of ancient monuments with Historic Scotland.

'The Buildings of Scotland: Borders [is] packed with all the information you could possibly require...' - Homes and Interiors Scotland

'...a serendipidist's dream...always illuminating...' - Alan Taylor, Sunday Herald

"The authors are to be congratulated on a phenomenal achievement in recording an extraordinary range of buildings... [The architectural detail is] scholarly and authoritative..." - Hugh Massingberd, The Spectator

"Just occasionally a book emerges which we can all see will be a classic. Such is Borders... The 840 pages of dense fact and detail are a delight. Yet it is more of a reference book than a narrative. If you are exploring the Borders, you need to carry this compelling text in your car. I can see mine will get grimy over the coming years as I thumb through it to discover if I'm seeing everything I should be seeing. I cannot imagine this admirable volume will ever be superceded. ... Simply compiling such an exhaustive guide demands praise for the authors' patience and filtering skills. The most loyal of Borderers with the bravest of wellie boots can only hope to know a fraction of the terrain in enough detail. ... The best compliment I can pay is to say I cannot envisage how you could spend £29.95 more pleasingly." - Peter Clarke, Berwickshire News

“[The] pre-1700 material is treated in exemplary fashion. … The descriptions…are models of precisiona dn deft analysis…impressive…” - Neil Cameron, Architects Journal

"The publication in quick succession of not one but two new volumes in the Buildings of Scotland series, dealing with sizeable areas not hitherto covered, must be considered a great treat both for native Scots and for Sassenachs like myself who derive recurrent pleasure from exploring Scotland's architectural riches...One will inevitably take both volumes along on any future visits to these two marvellous regions."---Roger White, Historic House

"Research and scholarship shine through in all the entries, as do a love of the area and its buildings...This book more than fulfils its long-awaiting promise...It is an comprehensive a guide to a sometimes secretive area as anyone might wish for."---Euan McCulloch, Magazine of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland

“This book … is in every way as distinguished as the region whose wealth and range of architecture it assesses and describes in intimate detail … Borders covers a large swathe of territory … [with] analyses of key churches, castles, and houses … [and] phraseology that is positively memorable … [The] essays provide masterly overviews and syntheses of the descriptive material … [an] outstanding, scholarly and readable contribution to a magnificent series.” - Geoffrey Stell, Burlington

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