hi.. i'm from Dundee, moved to the USA when I was 10 in 1980.. my
aunt mailed over this book to my mother about 9 years ago.. she keeps
it in her book case. It's a fairly modern copy so it's probably not
too hard to track down.. you should check e-bay. you can probably
find a paper back for a few dollars. All I remember is that they
burn a witch in it.. and I remember my mother trying to discourage me
from reading it since she considered it a "womans book" what ever
that means I have no idea.. I assumed it was full of boring drama
about people doing dramatic things.. lots of people complaining about
their social class and all that traditional drama. So I never did
read far enough in it to see the exciting bits about them burning a
I do have this really fantastic book called "in search of scotland"
by H.V Morton it was written around late 1920's and it's about this
guy who gets in his little car (this is non-fiction by the way) and
he travels all around Scotland and writes about his thoughts and
feelings and the history of the places he visits. He goes everywhere
the roads will take him. It must have been very popular during it's
time because there seems to be literally dozens of reprintings of
it. I highly recommend. There is just something about the way that
he writes thats just really inspiring. I loved this book so much
that I was once inspired to do a modern day version of it. Try and
track down all the same locations he went to.. speak to local
people.. take tons of photographs with a really nice camera, etc. but
I'm sort of stuck in the USA for the time being and it's a dream
thats been on the back burner of my life to the poin that I rarely
think about it.
By pure chance I took a look for it on e-bay and I see one listed for
$15. You should give it a read.. you'll like it. It also has the
most fantastic old fashioned photographs of Scotland. I think it's
those old silver trace element process pictures that gives everything
that weird sureal golden brown highly detailed effect. I liked
everything about this book.. I think that Witches Blood book is
probably a Soap Opra of sorts.. with lots of uptight people all
standing around saying things like, "oh wid' ya' stop that Mowrag..
whut wull a' tha neighbors think..?" maybe I'm wrong.. but that was
my basic impression of it. It does supposedly have a witch burning
in it someplace.. so maybe it's not too bad.. it might have some
history of dundee thats gives an insight on how things used to be..
but recently I watched a VHS tape with my mother called "auld dundee"
and she being auld herself (mid 70's) she thought it was done rather
badly.. and they missed a lot of important historical details and
made some dumb blunders in really obvious locations that they failed
to cover. I got the impression that it was done for money or by
idiots.. the tape was copied badly too.. anway, my point is, if
you want to find out about Dundee, you have to track down some old
people in dundee.. that last generation that knows about the old days
is slipping away more and more every day. it's an entire world thats
will be gone from all record in a few years..
you can send me an e-mail directly to my regular e-mail at
if I can be of any help with the
witches blood book or anything else about dundee.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark" <mbev23@y...> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> This isn't a historical question but here goes!!
> Does anyone know who the author of the book "Witches Blood" is and
> it still in print?
> The story is set in Dundee in the 18th - 19th century and is about
> the rise of a family.
> Any help appreciated