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Life and Labour on a Berwickshire EstateSpottiswoode: Life and Labour on a Berwickshire Estate, 1753-1793 An estate ledger of 1752-1793, lost since the dispersal sale of Spottiswoode in 1935, is the bases of this enquiry into a once famous family, their estate and their contribution to the history of Scotland. From his detailed study of the ledger, Tom Barry has identified the 18th-century John Spottiswoode as one of the important agricultural improvers of his age. The book gives an account of the Laird's dealings with two generations of his workmen and tenants, turning a barren stretch of the Lammermuirs into what was to become a paradise of forest and productive farmland. The introduction sets John Spottiswoode's achievement in its wider context, tracing the Berwickshire family through its evolution from turbulent Lammermuir land holders, through dignitaries of Church and state under the Stuarts, to canny lawyers and men of business under the Hanoverians, and fully fledged members of the British upper class under Queen Victorian. During all that time, the family name and blood spread throughout Britain and the colonies, and, through Governor Alexander Spotswood of Virginia, through the United States. Rural Scotland.

The Harvest of the HillsThe Harvest of the Hills: Rural Life in Northern England and the Scottish Borders, 1400-1700 This illustrated environmental history of rural life in Northern England and the Scottish Borders in the late medieval and early modern periods explores the relationship between society and the environment - the ways in which humans responded to and used the environment in which they lived. The author uses the orders and bylaws made by manorial courts to build up a picture of how pastoral society in the Pennine, Lake District and Border hills husbanded the resources of the uplands. It offers an upland, pastoral paradigm of land use, the management of common land, and the transition from medieval to early-modern farming systems to balance the extensive literature on the agrarian history of the lowlands. The geographical scope of the book includes the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales, the Border hills, the North Pennines and the Forest of Bowland. The author captures the distinctive local culture of traditional pastoral communities in these much visited areas of Britain. Rural Scotland.

Rural ScotlandThe "Country Living" Guide to Rural... Scotland. The guide will definitely appeal to people with a real interest in the beauty, tranquillity and traditional values of country life, who are looking for high standards in places to stay, eat and drink and quality craftsmanship in any products purchased. Equally for those readers who are seeking a more active life in the countryside the book provides information on walks and tours as well as details of The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland properties. The attractive cover design incorporates a photograph of Eilean Donan Castle from across the Loch.

Leaning on a GateLeaning on a Gate Elizabeth and Ian Macpherson took the tenancy of a small upland farm on the edge of the Dava moor in 1938. Ian, whose novels made a significient contribution to Scottish literature combined his writing with broadcasting and farming. On the death of her husband in 1944, Elizabeth took to writing a weekly column in "The Bulletin and Scots Pictorial" under the title of "Leaning On A Gate". When that publication ceased she then wrote a column "In The Country"' for the "Glasgow Herald". During the course of the next thirty years, Elizabeth Macpherson produced in her articles some of the most evocative and descriptive writing about the countryside, her animals, and the farming practices of the day. Always perceptive and with a gentle humour which beguiles the reader, she leaves a vivid picture of the hard physical life, which was the lot of the farmer during the forties and fifties. This selection forms a tribute to Elizabeth's skill as a writer. It is a valuable record of a way of life now gone forever.

Red Sky at Night: Autobiography This work looks at the evryday life of John Barrington, a shepherd to over 750 Blackface ewes who graze near some of Britain's most beautiful hills overlooking Loch Katrine.

The Scottish Country MillerThe Scottish Country Miller, 1700-1900 This text analyzes the origins of milling, the social context and daily life of the miller, and the technical aspects of the industry. Based on written records and fieldwork, Gauldie gives a detailed account of the vital importance of the miller within the Scottish community. Rural Scotland.

Highland ClearancesSurvival of the Unfittest: Highland... Clearances and the End of Isolation. This text analyzes the traumatic changes the Highland Clearances wrought from dispossessed crofters in their lifestyle, health and disease patterns in the Scottish Highlands. It examines the reforms in religion, land tenure and medicine which later began to rectify the grossest injustices. Rural Scotland Books.

The HorsiemanThe Horsieman: Memories of a Traveller... Some travellers stuck more to one area. But Johnnie Townsley, my mother's father, travelled all over. He walked along with a handcart and went to Inverness, Elgin, right down into Ayrshire and down to Dumfries. He travelled all through Fife, Angus and Perthshire - no, not in the wintertime, just in the summertime. But you see, he was a piper and a horse was no good to him. He played his bagpipes in the summertime, by the shooting lodges, big houses, hotels and that. And then he came back home to Argyll for the winter. In the summertime he took off again with his family. Duncan Williamson was the son, grandson and great grandson of nomadic tinsmiths, basket makers, pipers and storytellers. In this book he describes his life as a traveller with verve, candour and intimacy, recounting a childhood spent on the shores of Loch Fyne, work on the small hill farms in the summer, walking with barrows and prams and later with horse and cart, the length and breadth of Scotland. He recalls camping with hundreds of traveller families from the 1940s to the 1960s, his marriage to his cousin, Jeanie Townsley, and all the various traditional skills and arts which must be perfected for a man to maintain his family adequately. The Horsieman is also the story of traditions long vanished - of traveller trades, of building tents, of routes travelled and traditional camping sites, of stories, songs, music and cures which have been the heritage and tradition of travelling people in Scotland through the ages. Set mainly in Argyll, Tayside and all stations in between, Duncan Williamson's story is told with great warmth and humour and in the inimitable style of one Scotland's master storytellers. Rural Scotland Books.

The Furrow Behind MeThe Furrow Behind Me Angus MacLellan was regarded throughout his own lifetime as one of Scotland's finest traditional Gaelic storytellers. Reminiscences of his life were first recorded - on tape in Gaelic - in the early years of the 1960s and later transcribed and translated by John Lorne Campbell into this English-language biography. Born in 1869 into a poverty-stricken crofting community on South Uist, Angus MacLellan spent his childhood and his youth with his family before travelling from the island to find work first in the militia and then on the farms of the mainland. His travels came to an end when he returned to assist and eventually to succeed, his parents on their croft on South Uist in 1896. Angus MacLellan's memory for detail and his gift for telling should bring to the reader a vivid picture of a harsh lifestyle encompassing two centuries of dramatic change.

Rothiemurchus: Nature and People on a... Highland Estate. This title covers a broad spectrum of topics concerning the history of Rothiemurchus during the last 500 years. Rural Scotland.

Scottish Deer StalkingHalf a Century of Scottish Deer Stalking This text explains how methods and equipment used in Scottish deer stalking and control have fundamentally altered over the last 50 years. It examines the changes that have taken place in firearms, communication in the field and mechanical transport. The book also contains past and present records of heads and weights, numbers culled and antler measurements, for comparison. Other records include deer population, feral deer, seasonal weather, carcass weights, feeding and disease. The author won the Laurent Perrier Conservation Award for his "Whitehead Encyclopedia of Deer".

The Most Beautiful Villages of Scotland A collection of lavish photographs celebrates some of Scotland's most scenic glens and lochs, in a tribute that features such subjects as the picturesque fishing village of Auchmithie, the Edinburgh-surrounded community of Dean Village, and the island port-village of Tobermory on Mull.

Midlothian Women" Hard Work Ye Ken: Midlothian Women... Agnes, Belle, Jessie and Ruth speak to us straight off the page in their characteristic "Midlothian" in this, the second book in the "Flashbacks" series. Each woman has her individual tale to tell, but a common thread runs through. The life of a bondager was no rural idyll, but one of long hours and hard work born with patient dignity. Whether digging tatties, hoeing turnips, or snatching the farmer's chickens when he wasn't looking, these four daughters of the soil bestride their busy canvas, every facet of their lives brought vividly before us in their own words. Ian MacDougall is the author of two other "Flashbacks" titles, "Hoggie's Angels" and "Mungo Mackay and the Green Table". Rural Scotland.

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