All Men Are Brethren

By Ian MacDougall

Format: Paperback

Looks at the history of the thousands of French and other prisoners of war (POW) in Scotland during the Napoleonic Wars. This work describes conditions at each Scots depot (as the POW camps were then termed) at locations such as Edinburgh Castle, Perth and Penicuik. It also describes in detail how the prisoners passed their years of captivity.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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This is the first book to attempt a comprehensive and detailed history of the thousands of French and other prisoners of war (POW) in Scotland during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1803-14 POW in Scotland endured experiences similar to but also different from prisoners of more recent times. "All Men are Brethren" describes conditions at each Scots depot (as the POW camps were then termed) at locations such as Edinburgh Castle, Perth and Penicuik.The book describes in vivid detail how the prisoners passed their years of captivity - gambling, forging banknotes, making impressive items from straw, paper, wood, hair and mutton bones from their rations, playing musical instruments, attending education classes, fencing with sticks, keeping pets and even playing cricket. From the culmination of twenty years of research and writing, this book is based on material from the National Archives in Kew and Edinburgh, on diaries and memoirs by prisoners, and on reports in contemporary Scots and English newspapers.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 22 Sep 2008
ISBN 9781904607724
Number of Pages 928

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