A compelling introduction to the whaling and sealing industry in Northeast Scotland’s Moray Firth, Malcolm Archibald’s A Wild Rough Lot will guide you through the trade’s history, dangers and successes.Beginning with a brief look at the geography and maritime history of Northeast Scotland’s ports, the book introduces the Scottish whaling industry through contemporary journals and log books. Laden with illuminating examples, the book covers topics from the stages of a typical whaling voyage to the brutal, often bloody process of the sealing industry.In-depth details of the trade in Moray Firth concentrate on the successes of specific ports and ships in the area, including the short-lived whaling industry in Nairn, the prosperous trade and insurance case of Banff, the fortunes and dangers of the Arctic and prominent ship Felix, and a yearly account of the whaling and sealing trade in the most successful port, Fraserburgh. Beyond a glimpse into the industry, the book provides useful details of the vessels and an 1859 crew list useful for those seeking a chance to trace their family roots in the maritime industry.
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Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and educated at the University of Dundee, I write in a variety of genres, from academic history to folklore, historical fiction to fantasy. I won the Dundee International Book Prize with my novel ‘Whales for the Wizard’ in 2005 and was a winner in the People’s Book Prize with ‘The Darkest Walk’ in 2011.Happily married for 35 years, I have three grown children and live in darkest Moray in northern Scotland, close by a 13th century abbey and with buzzards and deer more common than people.