Scots in Russia ~ Book List
Our correspondent in Moscow, Maria Koroleva has kindly
supplied us with a recommended reading list dealing with Scots and
Scottish influence in Russia from the 17th century onwards.
I doesn't claim to be definitive and there will be more books
and references of which we know little or nothing - so . . . if you
come across interesting sources, please do let us know and we'll
Click the links for any external references that we've found to
the books listed.
Travels from St. Petersburg in
Russia, to various parts of Asia ...
John Bell, Scottish doctor and traveller, was born in 1691 at
Antermony, near Milton of Campsie in Scotland.He studied medicine
in Glasgow and in 1714 set out for St Petersburg, where, through
the introduction of a fellow Scot, he was nominated medical
attendant to Artemy Petrovich Volynsky, recently appointed to the
Persian embassy, with whom he travelled from 1715 to 1718.
The next four years he spent in an embassy visit to China,
passing through Siberia and the great Tatar deserts. He had
scarcely rested from this last journey when he was summoned to
attend Peter the Great in his expedition to Derbend and the Caspian
In 1738 he was sent by the Russian government on a mission to
Constantinople, returning in May to St Petersburg. It appears that
after this he was for several years established as a merchant at
Constantinople, where he married Mary Peters, a Russian lady, and
returned to Scotland in 1746, where he spent the latter part of his
life on his estate, enjoying the society of his friends.
After a long life spent inactive beneficence and philanthropic
exertions he died at Antermony on 1 July 1780, at the advanced age
of eighty-nine. He is buried in Campsie Glen. His travels,
published at Glasgow in 1763, were speedily translated into French,
and widely circulated in Europe.
Discussions about Shamans, Lamas,
and Evangelicals: The English Missionaries in
by Charles R Bawden. London 1985.
By the Banks of the Neva: Chapters from
the Lives and Careers of the British in Eighteenth-Century
by Anthony Cross
Cambridge University Press, 13 Nov 1996 - History - 490
This attractively-illustrated book offers a unique and fascinating
investigation into the lives and careers of the British in
eighteenth-century Russia and, more specifically, into the
development of a vibrant British community in St. Petersburg during
the city's first century of existence. Based on an extremely wide
use of primary sources from Britain and Russia, the book
concentrates on the British within various fields such as commerce,
the navy, the medical profession, science and technology, and the
arts, and as curious travelers.
The Scottish Kremlin Builder:
Christopher Galloway, Clockmaker, Architect and Engineer to
Tsar Mikhail, the First Romanov
by Jeremy Howard, 1997
Survival against the
odds: The story of Petty Officer Donald MacKinnon, Russian convoy
Donald J Macleod
Charles Cameron, architect to the court of
Scots in Russia 1661-1934: Eleven
Scots who Visited Russia from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth
Scottish influences in Russian history from the end of the
16th century to the beginning of the 19th century:
Archibald Francis Steuart
Oriental Research Partners, 1972 - History - 141
Phalanx: Scots in Russia
National Library of Scotland, 1987 - History - 105
The Caledonian connection: Scotland-Russia ties : Middle
Ages to early ...
By Dmitry Fedosov, University of Aberdeen. Centre for
The Caledonian Club was established in January 1995 with the aims
of advancing and appreciating the age-old traditional ties between
Russia and Scotland. The Club is based in Moscow, but has members
and branches in St Petersburg and other cities of Russia and the
former USSR. This preliminary biographical list has been assembled
by Dr Dimitry Fedosov, Vice-President of Moscow's Caledonian Club,
and includes 400 Scots in Russia, and around 60 Russians in