Birlinn (publisher)

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Birlinn (publisher)
Founded 1992
Founder Hugh Andrew
Country of origin Scotland
Headquarters location Edinburgh
Publication types Books
Imprints Polygon, Mercat
Official website

Birlinn Limited is an independent publishing house based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Established in 1992 by Managing Director Hugh Andrew,[1] Birlinn Limited is composed of a number of imprints, including:

  • Birlinn publishes Scottish interest books, from biography to history, military history and Scottish Gaelic. The name comes from the old Norse word birlinn, meaning a long boat or small galley with 12 to 18 oars, used especially in the Hebrides and West Highlands of Scotland in the Middle Ages.[2]
  • Mercat Press, founded in 1970 and acquired by Birlinn in 2007, now an imprint publishing walking and climbing guides. Mercat is the Scots language word for "market" or "trade".[4]
  • Academic books about Scotland are published under the imprint John Donald.

Notable authors and works

  • Martin C. Strong[5]
  • The Great Folk Discography, Vol. 1: Pioneers & Early Legends (2010)
  • The Great Folk Discography, Vol. 2: The Next Generation (2011)


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