A Croft in the Hills

Author: Katharine Stewart

Publisher: Birlinn

ISBN: 0857907514

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

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A real classic among Highland books, "A Croft in the Hills" captures, in simple, moving descriptions, what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft fifty years ago. A couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, immerse themselves in the practicalities of looking after sheep, cattle and hens, mending fences, baking bread and surviving the worst that Scottish winters can throw at them.

A Life in the Hills

Author: Katharine Stewart

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 1788850017

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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Katharine Stewart, who died in 2013, was one of Scotland’s best-loved writers on rural life in the Highlands. A Croft in the Hills, her first book, tells the story of how a couple and their young daughter, fresh from city life, took over a remote hill croft near Loch Ness and made a living from it. Full of warm personal insights, good humour and a love of living things, it has become a classic and has rarely been out of print since it was first published in 1960. This omnibus gathers A Croft in the Hills together with some of Katharine’s later books: A Garden in the Hills, describing a year in the life of her Highland garden; A School in the Hills, a vivid history of the school at Abriachan which eventually became the Stewarts’ family home; and The Post in the Hills, which tells the dramatic story of the postal service in the Highlands, from the point of view of Katharine’s later role as postmistress of the smallest post office in Scotland, run from the porch of her Abriachan schoolhouse. Each of these books glows with what Neil Gunn described as ‘its unusual quality, its brightness and its wisdom’. The omnibus will bring the grace, charm and wisdom of Katharine Stewart’s writing to a new generation of readers.

The Silver Chanter

Author: Stuart McHardy

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 1788853563

Category: Music

Page: 224

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All over the world people associate the bagpipes with Scotland. In this informative and entertaining book Stuart McHardy introduces Scotland's national instrument - its history, development and repertoire - and examines the part that the piper himself has played in Highland and Lowland society over the centuries. The main bulk of the book is a series of thematically grouped tales from all periods and parts of the country in which we see aspects of traditional lore in stories of warriors, musicians, ghostly battles, the hand of friendship, exemplary heroism and the cost of supernatural help. There are tales of the MacCrimmons, the most famous island pipers of all, as well as Habbie Simpson, who was possibly the most famous of all the Lowland pipers. Whether dealing with great bravery or contemptible jealousy, the supernatural or the mundane, these stories reflect the central role that the bagpipes have played, and continue to play, in Scottish traditional culture.

Justice in Paradise

Author: Bruce A. Clark

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773520011

Category: Law

Page: 406

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A jurisprudential adventure story, Justice in Paradise recounts how a commitment to Native rights and an extraordinary passion for the rule of law have determined the course of Clark's life. From a childhood in an Indian residential school, to the defense of aboriginal rights before the World Court, to being disbarred, Bruce Clark's struggle has led him to a fight against the justice system itself. Justice in Paradise explains the legal and philosophical position behind Clark's opposition to the Indian rights industry. He argues that the North American legal system causes the genocide of those indigenous peoples who embrace traditional religion and identity and accuses those who administer it with chicanery and abandoning the rule of law. Smeared in the media for his beliefs and attacked from the bench - he has been called "a disgrace to the bar" by the Chief Justice of Canada's Supreme Court - his book Native Liberty, Crown Sovereignty has been hailed as "the most important and meticulous recent study of native rights in common law" (Canadian Journal of Political Science). Clark turned his back on a comfortable lawyer's life to defend the rule of law and Native rights. He moved with his family to Indian reservations and then to squats while he argued his case before the World Court in Europe. Now, no longer able to practice law, he has been adopted by the Mohicans and together they are fighting for Liberty Island and the Hudson River drainage basin. In his extraordinary memoir, Justice in Paradise, Bruce Clark - hero to some, extremist to others - details the battles of a renegade's life.

Highland Herald

Author: David Ross

Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

ISBN: 1788850874

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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From 1988 to 2017 David Ross was the Highland Correspondent of The Herald. His patch stretched from the Mull of Kintyre in the south to the Shetland island of Unst in the north; and from St Kilda, in the West, to the whisky country of Speyside in the east. From his home on the Black Isle he covered all the big stories, from the fight against a nuclear waste dump in Caithness to plans to remove half a mountain on the island of Harris. He helped the first community land buyout in modern times in Assynt, covered in depth the anti-toll campaign on the Skye Bridge, the efforts to save Gaelic and protect ferry services. In Highland Herald he reflects on the important issues which affected the Highlands and Islands during his time. He tells how his late father-in-law, the Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean, helped him. He had never written in depth about Sorley when he was alive, as it would have been ‘excruciatingly embarrassing for both of us’, but does so now.

Scotland's Northern Lights

Author: Sharma Krauskopf

Publisher: Sharma Krauskopf

ISBN: 0954336739

Category:

Page: N.A

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Information on the lighthouses in the Shetland and Orkney Islands in Scotland.

Romance in the Highlands

Author: Fiona Grant

Publisher: Blue Gem Publishing

ISBN: 1922772275

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

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ROMANCE IN THE HIGHLANDS BOX SET—INCLUDES SERIES 1 & SERIES 2 Enjoy 10 fast-paced, engrossing stories about Highlanders and their brides: Series 1 (Maclean Clan Romances) and Series 2 (Brides of the Highlands) in one value-packed box! Series 1: MACLEAN CLAN HIGHLAND ROMANCES The Highlander’s Braw Lass The Highlander’s Defiant Bride The Highlander’s Stolen Love The Highlander’s Huntress The Highlander’s Challenge Series 2: THE HIGHLANDER’S BRIDE The Highlander’s Last-Minute Bride The Highlander’s High-Stakes Bride The Highlander’s Substitute Bride The Highlander’s Reckless Bride The Highlander’s Rescued Bride

The Last of the Blackfolders

Author: Jim Fraser

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 1982281405

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 254

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High above the shore of Loch Ness over 1,000ft above sea level lies a small community of scattered house, each with their own little croft. Blackfold and this is the place I was brought up in. A mystical place, miles from nowhere and full of ghostly tales and mysterious goings on. Each house had it’s own unique, very special, very strange characters and as you read on you will meet them all. Each character had their own peculiar way of living on the crofts, a way of life long forgotten and faded away into the misty heathery hillsides. There are all sorts of revelations in this book from Ghosts to the Lochness monster. The hardships of living on the croft and I’ll take you right up to the present day through all the changes that have taken place.

The Agrarian History of England and Wales: Volume 3, 1348-1500

Author: Edward Miller,Joan Thirsk

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521200745

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 1008

View: 3592


The third volume of The Agrarian History of England and Wales, which was first published in 1991, deals with the last century and a half of the Middle Ages. It concerns itself with the new demographic and economic circumstances created in large measure by endemic plague.