Napoleon Series Archive 2009

POWs in Scotland, 1803-14

I encountered this book this evening, and thought I'd post news of it for those who have posted queries about POWs:

ALL MEN ARE BRETHREN: Prisoners of War in Scotland, 1803-1814
by Ian MacDougall (2008)

"This is the first book to attempt a comprehensive and detailed history of the thousands of French and other prisoners of war in Scotland during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1803-14 prisnoners of war in Scotland endured experiences similar to but also different from prisoners of more recent times.

"This book 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. The 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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