Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/26389
Appears in Collections:History and Politics Book Chapters and Sections
Title: Fuel Transitions, Supply Crises and Climate Change in Lowland Scotland c.1200-c.1550 (Forthcoming)
Authors: Oram, Richard
Contact Email: rdo1@stir.ac.uk
Editors: Mathis, C-F
Massard-Guilbaud, G
Citation: Oram R Fuel Transitions, Supply Crises and Climate Change in Lowland Scotland c.1200-c.1550 (Forthcoming). In: Mathis C-F, Massard-Guilbaud G (ed.). Mobiliser et dépenser l’énergie. Une histoire sociale et environnementale, du Moyen Âge à nos jours, Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne.
Keywords: Fuel transitions
energy use
wood
peat
coal
fuel-supply
Lowland Scotland
medieval
Abstract: This paper explores the evidence for fuel transitions affecting three of Scotland’s major lowland urban communities – Aberdeen, Perth and Edinburgh – from c.1200 to c.1500. It examines the historical record evidence for pressure on the traditionally preferred fuel, wood, by the early 1200s and for the increasing importance of peat as the main fuel for domestic and industrial activities through the thirteenth century. This discussion includes a consideration of the wider impact of regional availability of wood in the context of all three urban centres. The principal focus of the paper is on the peat to coal transition that began to occur in the central lowlands in the fourteenth century and which became increasingly evident in the fifteenth. Discussion concentrates on the regional differences in response to fuel supply crises by urban authorities, principally through prescriptive legislation and market regulation, and to the development of long-distance trade in bulk fuel to regions with limited naturally available resources. This discussion is further informed by consideration of the impact on such efforts of climatic deterioration across the same period and weather-related factors affecting choices in fuel-use.
Rights: The publisher has not responded to our queries therefore this work cannot be made publicly available in this Repository. Please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study.

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
ORAM Fuel Transitions (revised).pdf489.06 kBAdobe PDFUnder Embargo until 31/12/2999     Request a copy

Note: If any of the files in this item are currently embargoed, you can request a copy directly from the author by clicking the padlock icon above. However, this facility is dependent on the depositor still being contactable at their original email address.



This item is protected by original copyright



Items in the Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.

If you believe that any material held in STORRE infringes copyright, please contact library@stir.ac.uk providing details and we will remove the Work from public display in STORRE and investigate your claim.