Historian goes time travelling

Front cover of Bruce Jamieson's new book
Front cover of Bruce Jamieson's new book

Historian Bruce Jamieson is launching a new book, ‘Linlithgow Through Time’ on Saturday, August 16, at Far from the Madding Crowd from 11am-12.30pm, where he will be signing copies.

The book focuses on changes to Linlithgow, Linlithgow Bridge, Blackness and Torphichen over the last 100 years.

It features old views alongside present day photographs so changes which the years have brought are immediately revealed.

It’s an amazing insight into a different era.

Gone from the Linlithgow scene are such ancient edifices as The Golden Cross, The Cunzie Neuk, the Spanish Ambassadors House, The Windsor Buffet, the West Port Well, Donaldson’s Garage, The Mint, the Poor House, the Whitten Fountain, the Nobel Explosives Factory and Laetare Youth Centre.

The older illustrations are all taken from Bruce’s private collection of local postcards, photographs, drawings and etchings.

The fascinating selection includes aerial views of the burgh in addition to street level photographs showing the transformations which have taken place – predominantly over the last 100 years.

The pictures concentrate on those areas which have most impact on the townscape: the loch and its environs; the Palace and St Michael’s Church; the Cross and the Vennel area; the High Street; the Union Canal; and the Railway Station.

The Riding of the Marches also features along with a glimpse of the changes that have taken place in Linlithgow Bridge, Blackness and Torphichen.

Detailed text accompanies each pair of photographs revealing abundant information on the places covered.

The book is a real page turner, both for those already interested in local history and for those who are looking for an introduction to the captivating history of the Royal Burgh of Linlithgow and its neighbouring villages.