A darker side to Scottish canal history…


WRITTEN by journalist and historian TA Stewart, , Scottish Canal Crimes takes readers into the history of ‘murder and mayhem on Scotland’s towpaths 1800–1950’, from the canals’ inception to their mid-20th century demise.

Scottish Canal Crimes

Today we know the canals of Scotland for their scenery and as places to relax and enjoy being outdoors. Scottish Canal Crimes shows us that there’s a darker side to canal history. Those familiar with Scotland’s canals will recognise many of the locations.

The author combines historical fact and storytelling to explore real life crime and a darker side to canal history. Alongside the stories, and several atmospheric black and white photos of crime locations, the author includes a comprehensive list of sources – national records, books and articles and newspaper reports. This is a book for those interested in canals, Scotland’s canals, crime or just people themselves.

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It’s eminently readable and as well as the true crime, gives a fascinating insight into the social history of the people, communities, those who worked on or alongside the waterways, and the canals themselves.

The author is a journalist and historian who has worked as a reporter, features writer and music critic on several Scottish newspapers. She has also worked as a researcher and tutor at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her primary area of interest was the social history of crime in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The publisher is a small, award-winning independent publisher founded in 2020 and specialising in Scottish books.

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Scottish Canal Crimes by TA Stewart is published by Rymour (paperback, 180 pages, £10.99).

ISBN 13: 978-1838405267

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