The Great Tapestry of Scotland

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The brainchild of bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith, historian Alistair Moffat, and artist Andrew Crummy, the Great Tapestry of Scotland is an outstanding celebration of thousands of years of Scottish history and achievement, from the end of the last Ice Age to Dolly the Sheep. More than 1,000 volunteer stitches spent a total of 60, 000 sewing hours using more than 300 miles of yarn to create the 160 panels that make up this extraordinary work of art. Like the Bayeux tapestry, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has been created on embroidered cloth, and is annotated in English, Gaelic, Scots, and Latin. This book features full-color photographs of every completed panel, accompanied by explanatory material about the history behind each.


Alistair Moffat is a former director of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a program director at Scottish Television. He runs the Borders and Lennoxlove book festivals as well as the DNA testing company, BritainsDNA, and is currently rector of St. Andrews University. He is the author of several books, including The Borders, The British, The Faded Map, Kelsae, The Reviers, The Sea Kingdoms, The Scots: A Genetic Journey, Tuscany, and The Wall. Alexander McCall Smith is professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than 50 books and is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded the British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year.


“This sumptuous book details every single panel in rich detail, giving a real sense of the scale of the project . . . perfect as an introduction to this wonderful work of art, or as a reminder for anyone who has seen the exhibition.”  —National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies

“The beauty of this book lies in the ample space devoted to illustrating each panel of the tapestry, allowing the reader to study the detail in the crafting of each story at their leisure.”  —Scottish Field