Banff Through the Years - An Illustrated History of the Royal Burgh up to 1699, by Stanley Bruce
Published by Bard Books, 64 pages. A5 size booklet (N6007)
Banff is a Scottish town in Aberdeenshire, and lies on the edge of Banff Bay sitting across the estuary from Macduff, and this booklet provides a fascinating brief chronological history of the place and its people up until the end of the 17th century.
From the rear side cover: This history of Banff is to be published in four volumes, with this first volume covering the period from first records up to the year 1699. Entries are in chronological order and.... there are a series of appendices which contain further details of some of the fascinating characters mentioned in the text.
The period to 1699 covers aspects of several key areas of Scottish history including Scotland's Wars of Independence, our early introductions to Christianity, local involvement with the Marquis of Montrose and the struggle between the Covenanters and the established church.
The records examined reveal how the local authorities dealt with those considered to be deviating from what was legal and acceptable behaviour. These punishments range from hanging at the Mercat Cross to being banished from the parish for such sins as begging and immorality.
The condition of the booklet is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is an old price printed on the rear side cover, as well as a small price sticker.