Lindsay Macdonald

Press and Journal sub-editor
Art & Culture

Book Review: Beyond the Secret Howff by Ashie Brebner

February 20, 2018

Ashie was born in the 1930s and grew up in the teeming and tenement-packed east end of Aberdeen, where he started working life as a motor mechanic before getting a job in a large envelope-making factory which – hard to believe nowadays – was situated right beside the rail and bus station.

Art & Culture

Book review: Set Adrift Upon the World by James Hunter

March 5, 2016

The forced depopulation of the vast county of Sutherland in the early 19th century is one of the most infamous examples of the Highland Clearances, and is the subject of this brilliantly researched if densely written account by the leading Highland historian of our age.

Art & Culture

Book Review – Glasgow: Mapping The City by John Moore

December 26, 2015

Hardback by Birlinn, £30 This fascinating book is based around 80 maps which illustrate how a town of little significance in the 16th century – same population as modern-day Huntly – grew into an industrial and commercial behemoth which earned it the title Second City of the Empire.