Author: Anne-Mary Paterson
Format: Paperback, 88 pages
Lairds in Waiting: Highland Railway Private Stations and Waiting Rooms and the Families who Used Them by Anne-Mary Paterson.
The Scottish Highland Lairds, with a few exceptions, welcomed the prospect of the railway passing through their estates as the Highlands were falling behind with developments that happening in other parts of Britain. In return for their cooperation they were able to ask for favours such as a private waiting room in their local station or even in a few cases a private station or platform.
This book explores these facilities provided by the Highland Railway. Following a brief history of the family concerned, each chapter goes on to explore in a wider context the development opportunities that occurred by the arrival of the railway and ends with a description of the stations.