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George Strachan of the Mearns: Seventeenth-century Orientalist

Tom McInally


This book examines the life of George Strachan (1572-1635), early 17th century Scottish humanist scholar, Orientalist and traveller. Drawing on a wealth of newly discovered archival material to offer new insights into Strachan’s life and work, it also utilises recent scholarship on the relationship between the cultures and religions of East and West. Tom McInally explains the voyages that the Catholic exile took to many of the Catholic courts of Europe as a scholar and spy before turning eastwards to embark on a 22-year journey around the Ottoman, Safavid and Mughal empires. By becoming fully ... More

Keywords: Catholic exile, Humanist, Orientalist, Islamic scholar, Eastern traveller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474466226
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474466226.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom McInally, author
University of Aberdeen