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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.

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.

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. Scottish Farm Life.

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. Scottish Farm Life.

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. Scottish Farm Life.

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.

Iona: The Living Memory of a Crofting... Community. The Hebridean island of Iona has been the focus of intense outside interest for over 1400 years, from the time of St Columba's monastery in the sixth century through to the transfer of its renowned monuments into the care of Historic Scotland in the year 2000. Yet the people who lived and worked alongside its sacred sites have been largely overshadowed until now. This book aims to redress the balance, taking an in-depth look at Iona's economic and social history during the 18th and 19th centuries - a period that saw profound change across the Highlands and Islands. It charts the agricultural reorganization that led to a crofting system, follows the islanders through the harsh decade of the potato famine and records their worship and education, their crafts and customs, and the ties of kinship that underpinned their community. A broad range of sources are woven together - documentary, material, topographical and photographic, along with oral testimony handed down the generations - to create a vivid picture of Iona's past.

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".

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