Goblinshead was founded in October 1994 as a result of redundancy, and initially provided a range of database and typesetting services, as well as publishing. For the first few years the business was located in Merchiston Crescent in Edinburgh, and the first book, The Castles of Scotland, was published in 1995 and quickly sold out. This was followed the next year by the first four titles in the very successful and popular Wee Guides series, which have now sold more than 160,000 copies.
In 1997 Goblinshead moved premises to 130B Inveresk Road in Musselburgh, where it was to stay for some eighteen years. A new edition of The Castles of Scotland was quickly followed by other renowned books, such as Haunted Castles and Houses of Scotland, now going into a new edition after seven printings, Magic and Witchcraft in Scotland, and Mary, Queen of Scots, and All Her Ghosts. Other highlights are Scotland the Grave series (with Scotland’s Ghastly Ghosts, Scotland’s Wicked Witches, and Scotland’s Bloody Ballads) and Scotland’s Best Castles and Stately Homes.
Goblinshead moved again finally in 2015, relocating to plush new surroundings at Prestongrange House, near Prestonpans, set in the beautifully kept grounds of the Royal Musselburgh Golf Club.
Prestongrange House is a handsome old mansion, which may date from as early as the 12th century, but was greatly altered and extended by the architect William Playfair in the mid 19th century.
In November Goblinshead published the fifth edition of The Castles of Scotland, some 20 years after the first edition and the first new book to be published since the move to Prestongrange. Both editions are now available.
The book was printed and bound at Thornliebank in Glasgow, Scotland, by Bell & Bain (www.bell-bain.com), with whom Goblinshead have a long-standing and excellent working relationship. Founded in 1831, Bell & Bain are one of the most established book and journal printers in the UK – and one of the last dedicated UK producers of books and journals. Today with a staff of more than 110 employees, B&B print, bind and produce more than 9 million units every year.
At the end of July 2016 Goblinshead moved to great new premises at Cockenzie House (for more info see Cockenzie House). The move came about unexpectedly quickly after a visit to Cockenzie at the end of May. The premises have many advantages – not least not having two flights of turnpike stairs, handier for home, less expensive and with beautiful gardens. Prestongrange House is a fantastic and impressive place and is going to be sorrely missed in some respects. Perhaps a golf club was not the best choice for a business such as Goblinshead.
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