About Lang Syne
Lang Syne Publishers Ltd, established in 1978, is Scotland's leading independent publisher
Our titles are sold through bookshops,
visitor centres, museums and direct to the public.
Ken Laird, the owner, published his first booklet, Village Story, in 1971 while working as a local newspaper reporter in Midlothian. It told the fascinating story of Newtongrange and Gorebridge, the mining villages where Ken was born and brought up and the 2,000 print run quickly sold out. Ken was bitten by the publishing bug!
His next title was about the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and the rest, as they say, is history with dozens more titles following over the years - covering topics from Shetland to Galloway. In the following years Lang Syne has become a publisher of many Scottish Interest books including an exclusive range of Scottish and Irish Clan name history books.
These books are published in booklet/mini-book format and have proven to be very popular as gifts for families and Christmas stocking fillers. Supplementing the range Lang Syne has developed a range of Scottish gifts and souvenirs including fridge magnets, clan products (bookmarks, hip flasks, keyrings, etc), soft toys and more.
Lang Syne have been specialising in
clan products for many years.
We have arguably the largest range of Scottish and Irish clan books anywhere in the world. Our clan mini-books are small enough to be read easily, light enough to be carried, well written and researched enough to be authoritative and fun enough for every member of each clan to have as a keepsake.
What is a clan?
Wikipedia gives the definition of clans as 'a group of people united by actual or perceived kinship and descent'.