New book on its way: Glasgow Coat of Arms

New book on its way: Glasgow Coat of Arms

A new book ‘Glasgow Coat pf Arms in History and Today’ will be published shortly. It will be available directly from the author or through Amazon. There will be a pre-publication price offer. Publication is expected by early September. If you would like to be kept informed please email georgethomsonbooks@gmail.com Glaswegians love their coat of … Continue reading

New Markers article

New Markers article

The third is the series of morphometric studies on gravemarker lettering has now been published in Markers XXXIV, pages 103–126 – ‘Morphometric studies of gravemarker inscriptions: ‘The Ards Carvers’. All the statistical techniques used in these three studies can be found in my book ‘Dead easy statistics for gravemarker research’, available from the author and … Continue reading

Dead easy statistics

Dead easy statistics

ANOTHER NEW BOOK DEAD EAST STATISTICS FOR GRAVEMARKER RESEARCH This book is written for anyone interested in how statistics can help develop the potential of the gravemarker as an important and accessible artefact in the study of material culture. It is hoped that it will encourage the reader to go beyond the simple recording and … Continue reading

NEW! – A History of Waterbeck

NEW! – A History of Waterbeck

The story of a village in south-west Scotland WATERBECK is now a small rural village in the south-west of Scotland. It has not always been that way. In the early medieval period, when the area was close to the Debatable Lands, the Bell family, known as the ‘bloody Bells’, were involved in the Border feuds, … Continue reading

Unique books on gravemarker lettering

Unique books on gravemarker lettering

Other than the out-of-print book Tombstone Lettering in the British Isles by Alan Bartram, the books described here are the only ones on the subject of gravemarker lettering available anywhere. They present a detailed historical account of styles, their development and geographical distribution. They demonstrate the great variety of forms found throughout Europe and North … Continue reading

Talks, lectures and workshops

Talks, lectures and workshops

Dr Thomson is pleased to offer talks or lectures on the subject of inscriptional palaeography, especially lettering on funerary memorials. Talks can be specifically on gravemarkers and their lettering or encompass a much wider field. The scope can be local, national or international. Current regions of expertise include, but are not exclusively Scotland, England, Ireland, … Continue reading