A magnificent exploration of Scotland's legendary past
Jennifer Westwood was born in 1940 and studied English Language at
Oxford, followed by Medieval Icelandic at Cambridge. A long-time
member of the Folklore Society, she served as editor of FLS Books
and also the journal Folklore. Her books include Albion-
A Guide to Legendary Britain (1985), Gothick Cornwall
(1992), Lost Atlantis (1997), On Pilgrimage (2003)
and The Lore of the Land (2005, with Jacqueline Simpson).
Sadly, she died in 2008.
Sophia Kingshill is a writer, editor and researcher. She has contributed to folklore publications and her plays have been performed in Scotland, England and Norway. She lives in London.
"Within a few minutes of this book arriving, I had put bookmarks in
five places and was roaring through the index. A lovely
compilation. It's the real macabre" -- Terry Pratchett
"An enthralling treasure chest of Scottish myths and legends ... With this incredible collection, Westwood and Kingshill have ensured that ... the stories of the past have now been preserved for future generations" * Daily Record *
"This is a well researched book exploring the rich folklore of Scotland ... The breadth and range of this book is wide ... Amusing and erudite, it's also an excellent guide to local variations in Scottish culture" * Sunday Telegraph *
"A fascinating read which looks at mythical beings from kelpies and waterhorses to modern-day vampires" * Scottish Sunday Mail *
"A perfect book to read as the winter nights begin drawing in, and the mists settle, the pipes play and the creatures and myths we can only half imagine come to haunt and intrigue us. An impressively researched book which genuinely will exercise your beliefs" -- Gilda O'Neill