The Castles of Lothian and the Borders, by Mike Salter
Book published by Folly Publications in 2012, 174 pages. Paperback (N5624)
This book provides a fascinating account of the castles of the Lothians and Border region in Scotland, and is illustrated throughout with lots of small black and white photographs, as well as drawings, maps and floor plans.
From rear side cover: This book is a comprehensive guide to the history and architecture of over 400 castles and castellated houses dating from 1100 to 1640 in what used to be the former counties of East Lothian, Midlothian, West Lothian, Berwick, Peebles, Roxburgh and Selkirk. More than 300 of these buildings are still standing, although two thirds of them now lie in ruins. An introductory section is followed by three gazetteers which are illustrated with numerous plans and photographs.
Only a few of the buildings described in this book are large medieval fortresses. The majority are 16th century castellated houses in which features such as gunloops and turrets were provided for show as much as defence. Many of these houses, especially in Border areas subject to continual raiding and political unrest until after 1603, took a towerlike form with living rooms stacked up vertically over vaulted cellars.
Condition of the book is generally excellent. The cover is clean and tidy, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. Their is an old price printed and a small price sticker on the rear side cover