Originally published in 1991 and focussing on the countryside, this book examines patterns of settlement and agriculture in Scotland and considers how these were increasingly altered during the 17th and 18th Centuries by the first Improvers and then by the more widespread impact of the Agricultural Revolution. It considers the effect on the landscape of the changing role of the church, the development of improved communications and the rise of new industries. The book analyses in detail the ways in which the landscape changed in Scotland’s transition from a medieval, impoverished country and an undeveloped economy to a modern society and one of the most highly urbanised countries in Europe.

chapter |2 pages


chapter 1|25 pages

Rural settlement before the improvers

chapter 4|30 pages

From castle to mansion

chapter 5|20 pages

The church in the landscape

chapter 6|25 pages

The landscape of improvement: the Lowlands

chapter 8|32 pages

Transport and communication

chapter 9|27 pages

Industry in the landscape

chapter |1 pages