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Anatomy of a Commune

Laurieston Hall 1972 - 1987

Laurieston Hall was set up as a commune 50 years ago and is still thriving today, amidst the beautiful landscape of Galloway in south west Scotland. 

Anatomy of a Commune tells the story of those who have lived there in their own words. Some are poetic, or show a wry sense of humour, or paint a revealing picture of daily life. Others seek a more objective evaluation of their successes and failures.  

Read how they fell in and out of love, admired, respected, envied, and comforted each other, sometimes riven by conflict but often overcome by joy. They had a lot of fun, and created a place that gave pleasure, and sometimes a life-changing experience, to a great many people.



Anatomy of a Commune

360 pages illustrated paperback
ISBN: 978-0-9545757-9-3

£12.00 + £2 p&p in UK

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Anatomy of a Commune

Laurieston Hall 1972 - 1987

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Anatomy of a Commune

360 pages illustrated portable document format
ISBN: 978-0-9545757-9-3



Mix Cafe: a memoir of Laurieston Hall, 1972-1977

Mike was a founding member of Laurieston Hall. In 1976/7 he was also a student at Lancaster University's Peace and Conflict Research Programme. While there he assembled the material for his book, Mix Café. It has been described as both 'A wail of grief' and 'Hilarious, laugh-out-loud funny', whilst also being 'incredibly detailed' and 'extraordinarily brave and honest.' When He wrote the book 2008 it so divided opinion that he only published it in 2019. It tells a compelling story. Mike had a very particular way of looking at thing. Extracts from Mix Café appear in Anatomy of a Commune, and some member argue with what Mike has to say in their own contributions to that book.

WOW Laurieston Hall

256 pages

ISBN: 978-1-5272-3760-5



WOW: A Celebration of Laurieston Hall 

A collection of words and pictures by the many people who have lived at Laurieston Hall, celebrating the spirit that has carried us through from commune to co-op and some of its members from youth to old age.  It is a scrapbook of memories to wallow in for anyone who has ever been down that beech drive and then maybe wondered "could I ever live here?"  Beautifully designed by Tiffy George.

WOW Laurieston Hall

190 pages

Out of print but available as Adobe pdf for viewing on screen.

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Ponds of Wimbledon Common

A well-illustrated book on the ponds and historic sites of Wimbledon Common with an introduction by the Rangers explaining how they are managed.

It includes the official map of the commons showing where to find the ponds, some of which began as gravel pits, or were dug out to celebrate a Royal Jubilee or the new millennium. It explains the origins of the three golf courses and of a number of monuments commemorating military and other events, and the history of the iron-age fort.

There are photos of each pond, and of the birds most commonly found at them with notes on where they breed, together with a brief guide to the history of the commons and advice on caring for the wildlife.


Ponds of Wimbledon Common 26 pages, paperback
UK only
£6.99 incl post and packing

The Treanors: our family history

Our Treanors come from a Protestant Irish family living in Mayo and Galway.  Many emigrated to the USA, and across the British Empire.

They married into the Seymour, Berry, Lambert, Kidd, Magill, Sproule, Bourkes, Robinson and Kerans families amongst others.

 The Treanors - preview  184 pages hardback T01

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The Nash Story

The Nash family originates with metal workers from Birmingham and before that were blacksmiths in Gloucestershire. 

The Wagstaffs were farriers and publicans from the West End of London, and the Bloys were from the borders of Essex and Suffolk.

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384 pages hardback N02

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Kerans Family History

The Kerans were tenant farmers and doctors from Kings County in Ireland, who spread across the globe, and include many that had distinguished careers, and lived remarkably interesting lives.

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404 pages hardback K03

ISBN: 978-0-9575748-1-6

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History of the Delany & Johnston Families

James Delany married the youngest daughter of Lyons Kerans and his wife Sarah Clarke.  They have descendants who still work the farm in Offaly where Sarah ended her days. Others emigrated, mostly to the USA.

James' son Robert married into the Johnston family many of whom remained in Ireland after the formation of the Republic in the 1920s.



Delany Johnston Families

64 pages hardcover D04

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Chunky's War

Lt Col Henry Ernest Nash won many trophies as a horseman in the XXth Hussars before the First World War.  He fought throughout the four years of that war, beginning it on horseback as a sergeant, and ending it as a captain in the East Lancashires. This book traces his war time experiences.  By the end of WW2 he was in charge of all Prisoner of War camps in Southern England.



World War I biography

74 pages hardback C05

ISBN: 978-0-9575748-3-0

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The Baird Story

The Bairds were skilled tradesmen from southern Scotland.  The Johnstons were merchants and lawyers from Dundee.  The Cochranes were carpenters from south west Scotland. The Mullocks were a prominent family from Newport in Wales. The Stricklands were a farming family from Cambridgeshire. They all emigrated to Australia in the 19th Century.

Baird family history

192 pages hardback B06

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Brian's Ancestry

The Stevenson family were accountants and doctors from Dublin. The Wheelers were landowners and bankers.  The Cuolahans were an ancient family who can trace their origins through the History and the Annals of the Four Masters in Ireland.



Brian's ancestry

60 pages hardback B07

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