On the Crofter's Trail

Author: David Craig

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857905961

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 3198

In the Clearances of the 19th century, crofts - once the mainstay of Highland life in Scotland - were swept away as the land was put over to sheep grazing. Many of the people of the Highlands and islands of Scotland were forced from their homes by landowners in the Clearances. Some fled to Nova Scotia and beyond. David Craig sets out to discover how many of their stories survive in the memories of their descendants. He travels through 21 islands in Scotland and Canada, many thousands of miles of moor and glen, and presents the words of men and women of both countries as they recount the suffering of their forbears.

Scottish Exodus

Travels Among a Worldwide Clan

Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1845968476

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 7821

Millions of Scots have left their homeland during the last 400 years. Until now, they have been written about in general terms. Scottish Exodus breaks new ground by taking particular emigrants, drawn from the once-powerful Clan MacLeod, and discovering what happened to them and their families. These people became, among other things, French aristocrats, Polish resistance fighters, Texan ranchers, New Zealand shepherds, Australian goldminers, Aboriginal and African-American activists, Canadian mounted policemen and Confederate rebels. One nineteenth-century MacLeod even went so far as to swap his Gaelic for Arabic and his Christianity for Islam before settling down comfortably in Cairo. This gripping account of Scotland's worldwide diaspora is based on unpublished documents, letters and family histories. It is also based on the author's travels in the company of today's MacLeods - some of them still in Scotland, others further afield. Scottish Exodus is a tale of disastrous voyages, famine and dispossession, the hazards of pioneering on faraway frontiers. But it is also the moving story of how people separated from Scotland by hundreds of years and thousands of miles continue to identify with the small country where their journeyings began.

Last of the Free

A History of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Author: James Hunter

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1780570066

Category: History

Page: 416

View: 5289

Written by award-winning Scottish historian James Hunter, this groundbreaking and definitive account reveals how the Highlands and Islands of Scotland have evolved from a centre of European significance to a Scottish outpost. Never before has the history of the region been recounted so comprehensively and in so much fascinating, often moving, detail. But this book is not simply the story of humanity's millennia-long involvement with one of the world's most spectacular localities. It is also a major contribution to present-day debate about how Scotland, and Britain, should be organised.

An Unstoppable Force

The Scottish Exodus to Canada

Author: Lucille H. Campey

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1550028111

Category: History

Page: 334

View: 5592

In the late eighteenth century, Scottish emigration became an unstoppable force. Campey examines the causes of the exodus and traces the colonizers progress across Canada.

The Celts

Bronze Age to New Age

Author: John Haywood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317870174

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 3963

This dramatic history traces the mysterious Celts from their dark origins, including Druids and King Arthur, right across Britain and Europe and looking at their beliefs, cultures and arts as well as their warring and expansion. The resurgence of Celtic identity in Britain and Europe has revitalized interest in Celtic history. At the same time, developments in genetics and archaeology have led to it becoming an arena of serious controversy. John Hayward explores the changing identity of Europe's Celtic speaking peoples through history, both as they saw themselves and as others saw them. Covering continental Europe, Britain and Ireland, and the present day Celtic global diaspora, this is a vibrant and meticulously researched account.

Tretower to Clyro


Author: Karl Miller

Publisher: Quercus Publishing

ISBN: 085738581X

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 272

View: 7900

Karl Miller is one of the greatest literary critics of the last fifty years, the founder of the London Review of Books and Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College, London. In this last book of essays he turns his attention to appreciate certain writers of the English-speaking modern world. Most of them are inhabitants of the North Sea archipelago once known as Great Britain, who are here seen as tribally distinct, as Scottish, English, Irish or Welsh, and as a single society. A new ruralism has come to notice in this country, and the book is drawn to country lives as they have figured in the literature of the last century. An introductory essay is centred on the Anglo-Welsh borderlands. Journeys taken with Seamus Heaney and Andrew O'Hagan to this countryside, and others, are threaded throughout the book. The poets Heaney and Ted Hughes are discussed, together with the fiction of Ian McEwan, the Canadian writer Alistair Macleod, the Irish writer John McGahern and the Baltimorean Anne Tyler. Scotland is a preoccupation of the later pieces, including the letters of Henry Cockburn, a lifelong interest of the author, who is also interested here in foxes and their current metropolitan profile.

Urban Highlanders

Highland-Lowland Migration and Urban Gaelic Culture, 1700-1900

Author: Charles W. J. Withers

Publisher: Tuckwell PressLtd


Category: History

Page: 271

View: 1527

This text offers a full-scale examination of the out-movement of migrant Highlanders from the Highlands to the urban Lowlands in the 18th and 19th centuries and of the migrant culture of urban Gaels within this new urban context. It follows work by the author on the historical geography of the Gaedhealtachd, the Gaelic-speaking areas of Scotland. The author demonstrates through the use of maps, tables and detailed archival analysis how, at what time, and in what numbers Highlanders moved to the Lowlands, what cultural expression they gave to their new Lowland location and to the development of a Gaelic migrant culture in the towns and cities of urban Lowland Scotland.

The Glens of Silence

Landscapes of the Highland Clearances

Author: David Craig,David Paterson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781841583259

Category: Crofters

Page: 192

View: 6103

The Highland Clearances is one of the most emotive episodes in Scottish history. In this book, David Craig and photographer David Paterson provide a written and visual record of around 25 of the communities throughout the Highlands and Islands that were abandoned.

Debating the highland clearances

Author: Eric Richards

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr

ISBN: 9780748621835

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 241

View: 9955

Storm clouds always gather over the story of the Highland Clearances. The eviction of the Highlanders from the glens and straths of the Highlands and Islands of the north of Scotland still causes great historical dispute more than a century after the event. The Highland Clearances also generated a great deal of contemporary controversy and documentation. The record comes in diverse forms and with radically different provenances, offering excellent material for exercises in historical analysis and selection.

A claim on the countryside

a history of the British outdoor movement

Author: Harvey Taylor

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: History

Page: 303

View: 6648

This study examines the scale and nature of the twentieth-century British outdoor movement, showing how recreational development was more than an interwar "craze" or a reaction against the consequences of industrialization and urbanization. It emphasizes the social and political significance of a peculiarly British phenomenon-one which has made, and is still making, a substantial contribution to the growth of leisure facilities and countryside planning.

The survival of the unfittest

the Highland Clearances and the end of isolation

Author: Robert Mathieson

Publisher: John Donald


Category: Social Science

Page: 267

View: 3303

Accounts of the Highland Clearances have tended to focus on the political aspects, overlooking the depth of suffering and ill-health of the dispossessed crofters. The pace of the relocation was extraordinarily rapid; the new sites were overcrowded, had poor sanitary conditions, and were unsuitable even for subsistence farming. Destitution and disease were rampant. This is the first book to recount the traumatic changes wrought in the lifestyle and health of those who were uprooted. It examines nutrition, health, and disease in the Highlands and Islands in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and also discusses the reforms in religion, land tenure, medicine, and health care which, in the century after the Clearances, began to rectify the grossest injustices. This is the first time the story has been told and it is a powerful indictment of man's inhumanity to man.

Highland homecomings

genealogy and heritage tourism in the Scottish diaspora

Author: Paul Basu

Publisher: UCL Press

ISBN: 9781844721276

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 4200

The popular practice of genealogy or family history research, a central theme of this book, is dominated by arboreal metaphors: we speak of the 'family tree' and of having 'roots'. The 'global commonplace' of migration and displacement has spurred a contemporary quest for roots or origins: a journey to the 'source'. Highland Homecomings looks at the role of place, belonging and territorial attachment in an age often characterized by placelessness, mobility and dislocation. In particular, the book explores flows of people, images, objects, ideas, symbols and stories within a Scottish diaspora, focusing on journeys made by people of Scottish descent dispersed thought the world, to pursue genealogical research and seek out places associated with their ancestors., and particularly the phenomenon of 'roots tourism' in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Sociable Cities

The Legacy of Ebenezer Howard

Author: Peter Hall,Colin Ward

Publisher: Academy Press

ISBN: 9780471985051

Category: Science

Page: 240

View: 7437

Sociable Cities is published to coincide with the centenary of the publication of Ebenezer Howard's revolutionary Garden Cities of Tomorrow. Howard's book would prove to be the most influential work on city planning in the 20th Century. The book provided the template for some thirty new towns in the United Kingdom - and countless others across the rest of the world - helped to establish the Town and Country Planning Association and ultimately led to an Act of Parliament which established how the building of our cities would be governed. At its heart, Garden Cities argues for a return to civilised and sustainable urban communities. Sociable Cities assesses how Howard's work has faced up to the concerns of the 20th Century. Rarely have these concerns - the development of brown and green field sites, public versus private transport, the political will behind sustainability, public access to the countryside, and the quality of life in and the future of out cities - been so pressing. Finally, in analysing future trends, Peter Hall and Colin Ward take Howard's Garden Cities into the 21st Century. This landmark book will be of interest to all who are concerned for the future of our cities and the future of our countryside.

Townships to farmsteads

rural settlement studies in Scotland, England and Wales

Author: John Andrew Atkinson

Publisher: British Archaeological Reports Ltd


Category: Social Science

Page: 243

View: 2303

Based on a conference held in Glasgow in 1997 on `Medieval or Later Rural Settlement', the 27 papers in this volume approach the subject from an inter-disciplinary perspective, including historical research, social history, theory, environmental sciences and the study of past communities. Packed full of information, archaeological and historical data, and with an impressive line-up of contributors, these studies address a clear need for integration and exchange of ideas across Britain.

Hannah and the Highlander

Author: Sabrina York

Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks

ISBN: 1466878541

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1493

First in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York about the bold, brawny men of the Highlands-and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees... Scotland 1813: Highlanders are her weakness. Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family's land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah's hand, will she be able to resist him? Love is the most powerful weapon of all. Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can't afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What's more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he's the only man for her-body and soul...in Hannah and the Highlander.