Charles Maclean is a writer,
lecturer, historian, and renowned whisky expert. In fact, the BBC World Service
has called him, “Scotland's foremost whisky writer.” He conducts lectures and
master classes about whisky and has written numerous books on the subject. He
also regularly contributes to journals in Britain, the United States, Canada,
and the Netherlands. Mr. Maclean is the fouding editor of Whisky Magazine
and a novelist. His novels include The Watcher, The Silence, and Wolf
Children. He contributed to Romantic Scotland in which he traces the
roots of Romanticism and explains the movement's relationship to Scotland. His
other regional historical works include: St. Kilda: Island on the Edge of the
World, Scottish Country and Scottish Toasts and Graces.
Mr. Maclean has degrees in art
history and law. He is a visiting lecturer to the Smithsonian Institute in
Washington, a member of various local Scottish organizations promoting Scottish
culture and legacy, and an honorary fellow at several universities. He lives
near Edinburgh with his wife and three sons.
Mr. Maclean's Clans and
Tartans gives information on how to trace Scottish ancestry and where to
locate helpful records. He profiles many Highland clans, complete with color
illustrations of their respective tartans. Clan lands, slogans, and plant badges
are also listed. The historical background of clans is also detailed; Buchanan,
Campbell, Macdonald, Robertson, and Stewart are but a few of the Highland clans
whose histories are profiled in Clans and Tartans.