by Gordon J Barclay & Ron Morris
This title is available as an open access e-book.
The Fortification of the Firth of Forth describes the story of the great Forth Fortress from 1880 to 1977, when the final traditional defensive capabilities were abandoned. The authors combine archival sources with new fieldwork and oral histories to not only describe what was built, but when and why.
This meticulously researched, richly illustrated volume relates the defences in the Forth to the wider political and military context and also describes the human side of the defences: the men and women who manned the fortress. This is a fascinating resource for those interested in Scottish military and naval history, and conflict and battlefield archaeology.
Gordon J Barclay is former Principal Inspector and Head of Policy at Historic Scotland. His previous publications include If Hitler Comes: Preparing for Invasion: Scotland 1940 (2013).
Ron Morris has been involved in the exploration and conservation of the Forth’s defence and natural heritage for many years. His previous publications include Defending St Kilda (2013).
Watch the lecture given by Gordon Barclay and Ron Morris to find out more about the Forth’s defences.
Read the interview with Gordon Barclay and Ron Morris to learn about the book and the research that led to it.
|The authors and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland gratefully acknowledge funding towards the publication of this volume from Historic Environment Scotland, the Strathmartine Trust, Fortress Study Group, and the City of Edinburgh Council.