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Abbotsford to Zion

The Story of Scottish Place Names Around the World

Elspeth Wills

Published by Birlinn Ltd

£9.99 / $12.69 / €11.87
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Paperback, 256 pages, published 2016
Book Description

Over the centuries countless Scots have travelled to every corner of the globe.

This book takes the reader on a journey from the wastes of Greenland to the South African Highlands, from Canada’s prairies to Australia’s vineyards. It visits cities and deserted villages, scales mountain peaks and calls in at remote islands. All these places have one thing in common – they were named by, or after, Scots. The story of these place names and the people they honour provide a fascinating way of looking at the influence of Scots overseas, whether railroad engineer, pioneer farmer, missionary, colonial administrator, soldier, displaced crofter or multi-millionaire.

The result is an intriguing exploration of why Scottish place names appear in some of the most far-flung places around the world, from Antarctica to Zambia, and offers a unique perspective on the role Scots have played abroad.

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