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The Crofter And The Laird

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708641
Genre : Social Science
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When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were "incomers." Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.
Category: Social Science

Earthly Words

Author : John R. Cooley
ISBN : 0472065378
Genre : Science
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An essential collection of criticism on the leading nature writers of today.
Category: Science

Strachur And District 1783 1983

Author : Andrew Morton
ISBN : OCLC:12520243
Genre : Strachur (Argyllshire)
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Contains an historical account of the parish of Strachur and Stralachlan along with the glen of Glenbranter and the village of St. Catherine's.
Category: Strachur (Argyllshire)

Willie Gavin Crofter Man

Author : David Kerr Cameron
ISBN : 9780857903297
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Willie Gavin, Crofter Man is a portrait of a crofting life in the bare and sometimes bitter landscape of Scotland’s North-east lowlands. It is the closely reconstructed life of one man in particular, and beyond that, the wider story of a croft and its people, assembled from the family’s folk memories. Willie Gavin’s real identity has been blurred, but this is essentially a true story and is illustrated with a fascinating selection of period photographs. Through the eyes of Willie Gavin we experience the hardships and wretched lifestyle endured by crofters throughout Scotland. But with deep understanding David Kerr Cameron reveals too their love for the land, the fragile bonds of friendship forged by crafting families, the weddings and the festivals they enjoyed, and the children who were raised in that life without luxury. The traditional crofting way of life began to break down in the early-twentieth century, but David Kerr Cameron has captured and recorded for future generations a culture and a landscape that have now gone forever. Willie Gavin, Crofter Man is the second part of Cameron’s trilogy of rural life; the other books are The Ballad and the Plough (about life on the farmtouns) and The Cornkister Days (which focuses on agricultural practices).
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Stories From South Uist

Author : Angus MacLellan
ISBN : 9780857902719
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is an extraordinary collection of tales from one of the very greatest Gaelic storytellers, Angus MacLellan, and translated by one of Scotland’s finest Celtic Scholars, John Lorne Campbell. The stories in the book include every type of tale found on South Uist, from Fingalian heroes and ghost stories to international folktales and humorous and historical local anecdotes. These tales of ancient kings, thrilling escapes, jealous stepmothers and magic spells are fascinating not only for their narrative power, but also their links with myths and legends from Ireland, Scandinavia, France and Greece. The Hebrideaen island of South Uist was one of the last places in Western Europe where the ancient art of Storytelling was still honoured and practised, and the style of these translations is at once original and hypnotic, reflecting the oral tradition at their source.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The John Mcphee Reader

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708580
Genre : Literary Collections
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The John McPhee Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter, his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers: a journalist whom L.E. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken, who Geoffrey Wolff said "is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit," who has been called "a master craftsman" so many times that it is pointless to number them.
Category: Literary Collections

Highland Hero

Author : Hannah Howell
ISBN : 9781420131383
Genre : Fiction
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There's nothing sexier than a man in a kilt, and in these four timeless tales set in Scotland, New York Times bestselling author Hannah Howell takes us into a land of romance and adventure. . . Prepare to meet four heroes as captivating as the Highlands. A dashing laird with an appetite for more than a Scottish beauty's culinary skills. . . a proud lord on a journey of rescue and desire. . . a sensual warrior at the center of one woman's dreams. . . and a handsome but somber Scot whose joy is reawakened by true love. These passionate romances will thrill you, seduce you, and warm your heart. . . Praise for Hannah Howell and her Highland novels. . . "Few authors portray the Scottish highlands as lovingly or colorfully as Hannah Howell." --Publishers Weekly "Expert storyteller Howell pens another Highland winner." --Romantic Times
Category: Fiction

Scottish Crofters

Author : Susan Parman
ISBN : UOM:39015060815928
Genre : Science
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This case study focuses on Geall, a community in the Scottish Outer Hebrides. With an understanding gained from an intimate, long-term relationship with Scotland, things Scottish, and the people of the community the author describes Geall as a human community and places it in the wider cultural, historical, economic, and sociopolitical contexts of maintaining relationships to Scotland, England and Europe. This is the first book to look at a Scottish Highland Community and the first ethnography to utilize the semiotic theory of culture, which views history as an act of cultural creation. The book emphasizes the way symbols are used to interpret elements of the culture such as economy, power, mental illness, and religion, by exploring the significant symbols associated with the state, the mechanisms for integrating community and state, and how people define leaders and social role.
Category: Science

On The Crofter S Trail

Author : David Craig
ISBN : 9780857905963
Genre : Social Science
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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.
Category: Social Science

The Laird Of Loch Fyne

Author : Brandy Grandberg
ISBN : 9781617772993
Genre : Fiction
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'I'm sorry for what has to be done, lass,' the old man whispered. 'It is the only way they can be saved. Maggie shook her head in confusion as the voices and laughter of fairgoers around her became inaudible. 'The only way who can be saved? I'm afraid I don't understand what you're talking about.' A loud, thunderous sound burst through the atmosphere, followed by the glow of an eerie white light that surrounded her entire body. Feeling as if she were standing on a thick blanket of fog and not being able to find her way out, Maggie sensed the laughter she had heard earlier was now altogether gone, leaving her with a strong sense of uncertainty. Maggie fell instantly to the ground, her legs becoming weak and unmanageable. Following that fateful encounter with the old man, Maggie Harris is plunged from modern-day North Carolina into sixteenth-century Scotland. The reason for traveling back in time is soon revealed. She has been sent to save the life of Laird Ian MacLachlan, a man whom she fears...and desires. Torn between the life she knew and the life she is destined for, Maggie struggles with the treacherous path that lies ahead. It is a path fraught with murder, deceit, and betrayal; but it is also bursting with a love and passion more powerful than she's ever known. Can Maggie accomplish what she was sent to do, or will Ian die at the same hands that killed his mother? Will Maggie return to her time and leave the man she loves, or will the past become her future? In this story of adventure and passion, discover a love that is powerful enough to travel through time—a love that is truly all that matters.
Category: Fiction

Death Of A Celebrity

Author : M.C. Beaton
ISBN : 9781849012249
Genre : Fiction
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No wonder she's been crowned Queen of Cosy Crime' Mail on Sunday Amazing news is spreading like wildfire across the Scottish countryside: the most famous of all Lochdubh, remotely nestling in the Highlands, is perfectly anonymous... until well-known TV reporter Crystal French races into town in her bright new BMW. And PC Hamish Macbeth, dourly wed to duty rather than the fiancée who dumped him, promptly gives her a ticket for reckless driving. Outraged, Crystal makes Macbeth's life a misery with a TV report on policing in the Highlands... but when she also rakes up old local scandals for her new hit show, Macbeth notes that someone besides himself might be dead keen to stop her. And then someone does. Now, finding out who did away with the nosy reporter will lead the laconic Macbeth down roads he never envisioned... and perhaps a crisis of the heart all his own.
Category: Fiction

The Parliamentary Debates

Author : Great Britain. Parliament
ISBN : MINN:31951D01069776D
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain

In Suspect Terrain

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708542
Genre : Science
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From the outwash plains of Brooklyn to Indiana's drifted diamonds and gold, John McPhee's In Suspect Terrain is a narrative of the earth, told in four sections of equal length, each in a different way reflecting the three others-- a biography; a set piece about a fragment of Appalachian landscape in illuminating counterpoint to the human history there; a modern collision of ideas about the origins of the mountain range; and, in contrast, a century-old collision of ideas about the existence of the Ice Age. The central figure is Anita Harris, an internationally celebrated geologist who went into her profession to get out of a Brooklyn ghetto. The unifying theme is plate tectonics-- here concentrating on the acceptance that all aspects of the theory do not universally enjoy. As such, In Suspect Terrain is a report from the rough spots at the front edge of a science. In Suspect Terrain is the second book in a series on geology and geologists, presenting a cross section of North America along the fortieth parallel, and gathered under the overall title Annals of the Former World. The other books in the series are Basin and Range, Rising from the Plains, and Assembling California.
Category: Science

Pieces Of The Frame

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9780374708603
Genre : Literary Collections
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Pieces of the Frame is a gathering of memorable writings by one of the greatest journalists and storytellers of our time. They take the reader from the backwoods roads of Georgia, to the high altitude of Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico; from the social decay of Atlantic City, to Scotland, where a pilgrimage for art's sake leads to a surprising encounter with history on a hilltop with a view of a fifth of the entire country. McPhee's writing is more than informative; these are stories, artful and full of character, that make compelling reading. They play with and against one another, so that Pieces of the Frame is distinguished as much by its unity as by its variety. Subjects familiar to McPhee's readers-sports, Scotland, conservation-are treated here with intimacy and a sense of the writer at work.
Category: Literary Collections

Looking For A Ship

Author : John McPhee
ISBN : 9781429958110
Genre : Transportation
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This is an extraordinary tale of life on the high seas aboard one of the last American merchant ships, the S.S. Stella Lykes, on a forty-two-day journey from Charleston down the Pacific coast of South America. As the crew of the Stella Lykes makes their ocean voyage, they tell stories of other runs and other ships, tales of disaster, stupidity, greed, generosity, and courage.
Category: Transportation

Writing Educational Biography

Author : Craig Alan Kridel
ISBN : 0815322968
Genre : Education
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This collection examines the many influences of biographical inquiry in education and discusses methodological issues from the perspective of veteran and novice biographers. Contributors underscore the documentary, interpretative and literary concerns of biographical and archival work.
Category: Education