Our new book
Our latest book was published in December 2020.
Tom Playfair has researched and compiled a fascinating collection of items from the local newspapers and the Falkland Estate Archives.
Ross Burgess has edited the book, and provided an introduction, notes on selected people and the 300-plus places mentioned, four maps and an index with over 2,000 main entries.
With a Foreword by Marietta Crichton Stuart.
Cover image by Peter Jones.
We've prepared an Advance Information Sheet about the book.
The story of Falkland in the years before the Great War
A little Scottish town still proud of its status as a Royal Burgh, with its Provost and Town Council.
A rich cast of characters, from the young Laird in his great house, to the 12-year-old twins birched for stealing a penny and two apples. A thriving social scene: sports clubs, dances, lectures, Lodge dinners, and sales of work. The two churches and their ministers, still leaders of society.
Most of the local places mentioned are still recognisable today, and motor cars, telephones, electricity, and piped water were already coming into use. But the social hierarchy, vividly brought to life in these pages, now seems like a different world.
Publication of this book was made possible by a grant from the Falkland War Memorial Trust, and the generous support of 18 individual sponsors.
- Editor’s Preface
- A chapter for each year (1901 to 1913)
- Falkland’s People
- Places and People
"It is so much more than a town diary, indeed it is a valuable addition to the canon of social history, and deserves to be read far beyond Falkland, Fife, and Scotland."
—Bill Pagan MBE WS
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"Full of fascinating detail, this is a book to dip into in search of local insights prior to great changes that would see so many of the people in the narrative of this community swept away as war engulfed the world."
—Dr David M. Munro MBE
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A substantial hardback book:
- 560 pages, 62 illustrations, and 4 maps.
- Published by The Falkland Society
- ISBN: 978-1-9161504-0-9
- size: 229 × 152 mm
- BIC codes: HBJD (European history)
- 1DBKSC (Central Scotland)
- 3JJC (c.1900 to c. 1914)
Price £20 plus postage and packing. Total cost including postage and packing are shown on the order form, which you can download here.