The Castles of the Heartland of Scotland, by Mike Salter
Book published by Folly Publications in 2007, 160 pages. Paperback (N5617)
This book provides a fascinating account of the castles in the Scottish heartlands, and is illustrated throughout with lots of small black and white photographs, as well as drawings, maps and floor plans.
From rear side cover: Over 230 castellated buildings erected between the early 13th century and the late 17th century still stand in what until 1974 used to be the counties of Clackmannan, Dunbarton, Fife, Kinross, Perth and Stirling. The sites of another 100 buildings are known, and there are about another 40 places still retaining earthworks from 12th and 13th century castles and manor houses of wood. Arranged in the form of an introduction followed by three gazetteers, and illustrated with numerous photographs and plans, this book gives details of the architectural features and history of all these buildings.
The majority of the buildings described are fortified houses in a tower-like form with the main rooms stacked one above the other. Such tower houses became the normal type of dwelling for Scottish lairds from the late 14th century until the 17th century. Also described are a number of 17th century houses of a longer and lower form, but still mostly retaining a few castellated features such as corbelled-out stair turrets, bartizans, and gunloops.
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, and the left and right hand edges of the book curve very gently upwards (from where it has been stored flat on the shelves)