This volume is the result of many years of collaborative work and effort, and would not have been possible without the generosity of a number of people and organisations. We are grateful to the members of the project’s Advisory Board who provided helpful advice in the early stages of the book’s planning, and indebted to the AHRC, who provided one of the editors with research leave funding to enable completion of work on the project. Funding to facilitate research and editorial work at various stages of project work has also come from the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Napier University, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the British Academy.
For copyright permission and help in reproducing illustrations we acknowledge and thank the following organisations and individuals: Birlinn Press; Bloomsbury; Floris Books; the Trustees of the National Library of Scotland; SAPPHIRE; Scottish Pen; Scottish Publishers Association; Hugh Andrew; Jenni Calder; Lorraine Fannin; Brian Hillyard; Gareth James; Joseph McAleer; Kate MacDonald; Margery Palmer-McCulloch; Tessa Ransford; Jennie Renton; Annie Ross; Marion Sinclair; Robin Smith; Iain Stevenson; Elspeth Talbot; Peter Thackeray; Iain Wright.
There are several individuals to whom we owe an enormous debt of gratitude, and without whom this volume could not have come to function. Preparation for this volume would not have been completed without the assistance of our editorial assistant Dr Ben Brabon and picture researcher Stephanie Genz. Similarly, we are indebted to the SAPPHIRE initiative researchers (Laura Black, Sarah Bromage, Linda Fleming, Heather Holmes and Kate Kelman), who over the past decade have researched and uncovered valuable primary source material that has materially aided the production of this volume. We would