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A Croft in the Hills

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Books 44
A Croft in the Hills, first published in 1960, is now acknowledged as a classic among Highland books.  It captures, in simple, moving descriptions, what it was really like trying to make a living out of a hill croft near Loch Ness 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.

Their neighbours are  few, but among them they find the generosity and community spirit that has survived in the Highlands for generations.  Working as a tight family unit, they learn to cope, and in time grow to love their little croft.
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A Dictionary of Scottish Phrase & Fable

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Books 24
Author - Ian Crofton

This authoritative, entertaining and eminently browsable reference book, arranged in easily accessible A–Z format, is an absorbing and imaginative feast of Scottish lore, language, history and culture, from the mythical origins of the Scots in Scythia to the contemporary Scotland of the Holyrood parliament and Trainspotting. Here Tartan Tories rub shoulders with Torry girls, the Misery from the Manse exchanges a nod with Stalin’s Granny, Thomas the Rhymer and the Wizard of Reay walk hand in hand with Bible John, and the reader is taken for a rollercoaster ride round Caledonia, from Furry Boots City to the Costa Clyde, via the Cold Shoulder of Scotland, the West Lothian Alps and the Reykjavik of the South. The result is a breathtaking and quirky celebration of Scotland, packed with fact and anecdote.
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A School in South Uist

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Book 11
Author: F G Rea.  Reminiscences of a Hebridean School Master 1890 - 1913

These are the memoirs of a teacher from England who became headmaster of Garrynemonie School in South Uist in the 1890s. At that time, the Hebrides were as remote and forbidding to mainlanders as the Antarctic is in the late-1990s. In the 1890s this island was one of the poorest districts in the Outer Hebrides. Roads were no more than rough tracks. Gaelic was the majority language, although children had to learn their lessons in English and few allowances were made for bilingual teaching. Epidemics were frequent and the school had to close its doors because of outbreaks of smallpox, whooping-cough, scarlet fever, mumps and measles. Rea's memoirs show how he strove to meet these difficulties. His pupils recall him as a sincere, hard-working man and an excellent teacher. This work reveals his powers of observation and his interest in the unfamiliar scenes and events he witnessed and recorded.
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A Traveller's Life

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Books 42
Sheila Stewart is the last in the line of the Stewarts o’ Blair, a travelling family who have made a unique contribution to the musical and oral traditions of Scotland. Her mother was the legendary ‘Queen amang the Heather’, the singer and storyteller Belle Stewart, and her father, Willie Stewart, was a noted piper. Sheila spent her childhood wandering with them all over Scotland, working on farms and experiencing all the highs and lows of the traveller lifestyle. From 1954 she sang in concerts with her parents and her sister Cathie, and they became stars of the folk scene. An acclaimed storyteller and ballad singer, she is in huge demand and has continued to perform up to the present day. This, her long-awaited autobiography, is graphic in its depiction of the sometimes harrowing circumstances of her life, but is also a tribute to the rich and dramatic tradition of which she is one of the last representatives.
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Calum's Road

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Books 09
Author: Roger Hutchinson.

Calum MacLeod lived at the northern tip of the remote Scottish island of Raasay, miles from the nearest road. Over the course of fifty years he watched as neglect and decline took their toll on his small community until he found himself the last man left. Calum decided to do something about it. He built a road. One spring morning he set off with a pick, a shovel and a wheelbarrow, and alone in an empty landscape began with his bare hands a romantic, quixotic venture that would dominate the last twenty years of his life. Calum's road would become a powerful and beautiful symbol of one man's defiance against the erosion of his native culture.
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Cattle on a Thousand Hills

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Books 48
While their role has been all too often overlooked by historians, cattle have played an integral part in the economy, ecology and culture of Highland life. Although many of these animals and their keepers have been abandoned in favour of sheep walks and deer forests, their legacy has remained through stories, paintings and songs. Infused by the author's own experience of small-holding at 'the end of the crofting era', this book offers an excellent insight into the history and colourful customs associated with tending cattle on crofts, on shielings and on the drove roads of old, in an account that is populated by legendary figures, mighty beasts and characters larger than life.
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Driftwood and Tangle

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Books 20
Author - Margaret Leigh

Driftwood and Tangle is a moving and poignant memoir of life in the north-west of Scotland just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Margaret Leigh recounts the years she spent in Wester Ross, Moidart, Coigeach and Barra as a crofter, an activity which enabled her to experience the land in all its moods and capture the essence of this remote and beautiful part of Scotland in finely crafted prose. In addition to her evocative description of the land itself, she also has much to say about the people who live there – their traditions and way of life which, at the time of writing, were under threat not only because of the inevitable march of ‘progress’ but also because of a war likely to engulf even this remote corner of Europe.
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Favourite Scottish Country Recipes

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Books 32

Traditional fare from hearth and home.

Scottish country cooking has traditionally used the abundance of fresh local produce to create simple yet hearty fare. This book contains a varied collection of warming soups, broths, stews and other tasty dishes.

Try - Stoved bacon and turnip or Granny McKie's Apple Chutney

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Favourite Scottish meat recipes

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Book 30
Favourite beef, lamb and game dishes. 

Scotland is known throughout the world for the quality of its meat, both farmed and wild. This book contains a collection of delicious recipes using Scotch beef and lamb, venison and game birds.
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Favourite Scottish Teatime Recipes

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Books 33
Scottish baking is renowned world-wide and this book, a companion to Favourite Scottish Recipes, contains an assortment of mouth-watering cakes, bannocks, breads and biscuits. Compiled by Johanna Mathie, the recipes provide an excellent selection for a traditional Scottish tea.

Try - Abernethy Biscuits or Dundee Cake
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Lassickie - Aberdeen to Shetland

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Books 52
Charlotte is born in 1874 in a farmworker's cottage in Glenbuchat, West Aberdeenshire.  Eldest of six in as many years, her main role is to rock the cradle of the latest baby.

Until one decisive day.

"Bairn of the moors and fields,' he whispered,'the wee lassickie.  But she has to move on too.  We must giver her this chance.'

Charlotte's Towie grandparents offer a wider world, new people, habits and customs.  Then there's schoold and it complexities and challenges, and, the taboo of speaking Scots - her first language.  How does six-year-old Charlotte cope?

In her new grown-up teaching life in Shetland Charlotte has to learn to cope with love, life, loss and unimagined responsibilities.
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Red Rowans & Wild Honey

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Books 22
Author - Betsy Whyte

The sequel to the perennially popular Yellow on the Broom, Red Rowans and Wild Honey follows Betsy’s story to the end of the Second World War. She recounts in vivid detail the heady years of her adolescence, her courtship and her mother’s struggle to bring up four children in the only way a travelling woman knew: hawking wares, fruit picking, tatty howking - in fact any kind of work that would provide the next meal.

This edition also contains another substantial piece of autobiography, which remained incomplete at the time of her death and which appears in print here for the first time
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Scots Kith & Kin

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Books 07
Collins Guide to Scots Kith & Kin

A guide to the clans and surnames of Scotland. Includes a fold-out clan map in colour. Scots Kith & Kin is a comprehensive guide to over 4,000 Scottish family names and their clan affiliations.
You can find:
  • where and when your surname originated
  • the clan to which you belong
  • other surnames related to your clan
  • the correct tartan to wear
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Scottish Genealogy

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Book 16

This fully revised and updated third edition of Scottish Genealogy is a comprehensive guide to tracing your family history in Scotland. Written by one of the most authoritative figures on the subject, the work is based on established genealogical practice and is designed to exploit the rich resources that Scotland has to offer. After all, this country has possibly the most complete and best-kept set of records and other documents in the world. Addressing the questions of DNA, palaeography and the vexed issues of clans, families and tartans, and with a new chapter on heraldry, Bruce Durie presents a fascinating insight into discovering Scottish ancestors. He covers both physical and electronic sources, explains how to get beyond the standard ‘births, marriages, and deaths plus census’ research, and reminds the reader that there are more tools than just the internet. Comparisons are made with records in England, Ireland and elsewhere and all of the 28 million people who claim Scottish ancestry worldwide will find something in this book to challenge and stimulate. Informative and entertaining, this new edition is the definitive reader-friendly guide to genealogy and family history in Scotland.

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Soldier to Settler

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Books 14
• Author: Donald Offwood
• Publisher: Southern Lights Books

This dramatized and historically correct novel follows Patrick Murtagh, who as a poor Irish boy joins the British Army in 1820. After serving in India, he is discharged into the famines of the 1940s in Ireland.
As a man of 'good character' he is able to re-join the Army in 1847 and come to New Zealand with his family and with the offer of his own cottage and schooling for his children, as a Fencible Corp soldier. In exchange for guarding Auckland for seven years and for the first time in his life he will own something he cannot carry - his own land.
After seven years’ service he is discharged and in 1860 moves south to Green Island, Dunedin, with his family, to buy his own small farm and become an Otago Pioneer.
An appendix includes the Family Tree of the 1800s.
This is Donald's 12th book; Patrick Murtagh was his great-great-grandfather.
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The Easdale Doctor

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Books 21
Author - Mary Withall

The Life & Times of Patrick H Gillies.

When Patrick Gillies graduated from the University of Edinburgh's distinguished school of medicine with honours in 1890, a high profile career as a surgeon lay ahead of him. Any city across the world would have welcomed him, and his university mentors, including the famous Joseph Lister, urged him to take up one of these opportunities. Gillies defied them all and returned to his home town of Easdale, determined to continue the work his father had begun as a physician to the parishioners of the Slate Islands. Over the next 40 years Patrick Gillies worked tirelessly to sustain and improve the community services available in Argyll. Although he worked as a General Practitioner, Patrick involved himself in every aspect of the community, joining the Cullipool School Board, where he was determined to protest against its closure - a fight he eventually won. This early battle is indicative of the rest of Gillies' life which he spent investigating everything, from the drainage systems to preventative medicine, and fighting for improvements, such as an isolation hospital for the Slate Islands and better medical provisions for school children. In later years he was able to apply his determination and sense in Army service in two wars
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The Highland Clans

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Books 45
The story of the Highland clans of Scotland is famous, their names are celebrated and their deeds heroic. The Highland Clans clears away the myths and brings their compelling histories alive.

Alistair Moffat traces the history of the clans from their Celtic origins to the coming of the Romans; from Somerled the Viking to Robert the Bruce; from the battles of Bannockburn and Flodden to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings; and from the Clearances to the present day.

These are stories of great leaders and famous battles. They are also stories of an extraordinary people, shaped by the traditions and landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Moffat is an adept guide to the world of the clans and carefully chosen illustrations draw you even further into this fascinating world

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The Island Nurse

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Books 11
Author: Mary J MacLeod

Disillusioned with the way of life in the south of England in the early 1970s, Nurse Cameron moves to a small, remote and beautiful island in the Hebrides with her husband and two young children, where she becomes the district nurse. In The Island Nurse, we are introduced to the crofters, the laird, the doctor, boatmen and members of the small community as the nurse goes about her duties. Joy and sadness, hilarity and piety are set against the old-fashioned island culture, the glory of the mountains and sea, and the wild weather, while jolly ceilidhs and humorous events rub shoulders with real danger, adventure and tragedy, as the nurse attends to her patients and gets to know the islanders and their sometimes bizarre ways.
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The Yellow on the Broom

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Books 23
Author - Betsy White

Memoir of a Gypsy girl.

The Yellow on the Broom is the first part of Betsy Whyte’s autobiography. Not only is it a fascinating insight into the life and customs of traveller people in the 1920s and 1930s, it is also a thought-provoking account of human strength and weakness, courage and cowardice, understanding and prejudice by a sensitive and entertaining writer.

Betsy Whyte was born into a traveller family in 1919 and brought up in the age-old tradition of the ‘mist people’ – constantly moving around the country and settling down in one place only during the winter. It was while the family were ‘housed up’ at this time of year that she received her education, attending a number of village schools before winning a scholarship to Brechin High school, where she was the only traveller child. She gave up the traveller life when she married in 1939 and started writing about her childhood in the 1970s.
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With the Argylls. A Soldier's Memoir

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Books 46
When Ray Ward died in 1999, his sons discovered an old and dusty manuscript in an Afrika Korps ammunition box in the cellar of the family home in Glasgow. These papers contained a collection of their father's memoirs, which detailed his experiences as an infantry officer during the Second World War, when he served in the 1st Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. His memoirs give vivid accounts of Ray Ward's time in Eritrea, Abyssinia, Egypt, the Western Desert, Sicily and mainland Italy, and bring to life individual episodes of bravery, adventure and danger that characterised the North African and Italian campaigns.
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