Published: 19/05/2016 15:33 - Updated: 19/05/2016 15:46

New edition of sought after title a worthy successor to the original

ONE of Forres’ most sought-after history books has been republished.

The Annals of Forres has been re-printed
The Annals of Forres has been re-printed

Logie Steading Bookshop is now stocking The Annals of The Royal Burgh of Forres which was first published in 1934.

Bookshop owner Helen Trussell describes it as an almost forgotten history of the town, which has been missing from the shelves for many years.

“We have had a number of enquiries for old copies of the annals,” she said, “and those that have come up are mostly in poor condition.” “But we came by a library copy which enabled us to scan the pages and reprint digitally.”She added: “I am pleased to say that this new edition is a very worthy successor to the original.”

Written by Robert Douglas MA MD DPH it was first published in 1934, and with 600 pages, it makes for an impressive work of academic research and scholarly writing.

“It is remarkable for detailing the history of Forres, its buildings, families and personalities, from 1500 until the year of its publication,” said Helen. “The annals are an invaluable record of the day-to-day life of the town over the centuries and no detail is too insignificant to be included.”

Robert Douglas, who was born in Dallas, became medical officer of health for the royal burgh in 1916. His position enabled him to research the archives, especially the minutes of the Forres Town Council and thousands of letters covering almost every subject.

Produced with the help of Mark Lawson at Librario and bound by Blissetts, the book is now available hardbound, illustrated with old photographs and drawings for £200 from the bookshop at Logie Steading.

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