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Scotland's Democracy Trail

Scotland's Democracy Trail

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The trail follows the emergence of democratic thought and action in Scotland from the 16th century onwards, linking pivotal events to locations along the way. It is a story of ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies, borne along by a stubborn, persistent advance.

The evolution of democracy in Scotland is a fascinating story. Join Stuart McHardy and Donald Smith as they tell this story via a guided tour of the landmarks and monuments of Edinburgh, leading you from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament, and through over 500 years of political development.

From the antics of the Edinburgh Mob and the cruelties of Henry Dundas, to the more recent Vigil for a Scottish Parliament and the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence, this book will show you the democratic and historic significance of the places, people and ideas on the route.

A comprehensive timeline, detailed map and photographs throughout make it easy to follow the route and discover the story of Scottish democracy. Scotland’s Democracy Trail brings the key political events in Scotland’s history to life, demonstrating just how relevant they remain today.

Walk Scotland's Democracy Trail for real!
Title Scotland's Democracy Trail
Author Stuart McHardy & Donald Smith
ISBN 9781910021675
eISBN 9781910324455
Binding Paperback
Author Bio STUART McHARDY is a writer, occasional broadcaster and storyteller. Having been actively involved in many aspects of Scottish culture throughout his adult life – music, poetry, language, history, folklore – he has been resident in Edinburgh for over a quarter of a century. Although he has held some illustrious positions, including Director of the Scots Language Resource Centre in Perth and President of the Pictish Arts Society, McHardy is probably proudest of having been a member of the Vigil for a Scottish Parliament. Often to be found in the bookshops, libraries and tea-rooms of Edinburgh, he lives near the city centre with the lovely (and ever-tolerant) Sandra with whom he has one son, Roderick.

DONALD SMITH is the Director of Scottish International Storytelling Festival at Edinburgh’s Netherbow and a founder of the National Theatre of Scotland. For many years he was responsible for the programme of the Netherbow Theatre, Producing, directing, adapting and writing professional theatre and community dramas, as well as a stream of literature and storytelling events. He has published both poeTry and prose, and is a founding member of Edinburgh’s Guid Crack Club. He also arranges story walks around Arthur’s Seat.
BIC Subject History/Politics
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