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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 School in South Uist

Book 11
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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Cabers and Ceilidhs

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Books 03
Cabers & Ceilidhs by Johns Stinson and Donald Gordon

150 years of the Caledonian Society of Otago. Tossing the caber is a traditional Highland Games event believed to have developed from the practice of tossing logs across streams in order to bridge them. A standard caber is 5.94m tall and weights 79KGs.
Ceilidh (pronounced 'caley') is a Gaelic word for a traditional social gathering.
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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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Camerons of the Glen

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Books 02
 Author: Donald Offwood

The story of the Camerons of Glenfalloch Station, Nokomai, Central Otago. This historically correct novel follows the story of Donald Cameron, who left his ancestral home in Lochaber, Scotland in 1845 to make a life for himself in the new colonies. After learning the skills to run a sheep station with his uncles in Penola, South Australia, Donald and his brothers crossed the Tasman to become the earliest pioneers in the Lake Wakatipu area of Central Otago, New Zealand.
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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 recipes with Scotch Whisky

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Book 31
This book contains a collection of delicious recipes for incorporating Scotch whisky into a selection of soups, starters, main courses and dessert dishes.

Try - Ayshire Pork Fillet or Whisky Cake
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Favourite Scottish meat recipes

Book 30
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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Oatcakes to Otago

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Books 01
Author Donald Offwood.  5th reprint of this amazing book

This dramatised and historically correct history follows the Crawford family from the defeat of "Bonnie Prince Charlie" at the battle of Culloden in 1746, through the Highland Clearances, the famines and the great Distruption in the Scottish Church, to their emigration to Otago on the Philip Lang in 1848.

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Queen Amang the Heather

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Books 41
Belle Stewart was born in 1906 in a bow tent on the banks of the river Tay, into a travelling family of tinkers and pearlfishers. When she was seven months old, Belle's father died, and the family was no longer able to travel full-time. They settled in Blairgowrie, scraping a living picking fruit and potatoes. Growing up, Belle was surrounded by stories and songs that had been passed down over centuries through the generations of Scottish travellers.
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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 Clans - A Very Peculiar History

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Books 28
Author - Fiona Macdonald.

Scotland! The home of the clans. All around the world, people of Scots heritage proudly claim their 'own' clan membership, name, tartan, ancestral home territory etc etc. To them and to others, the very mention of the word inspires dramatic, romantic and cinematic images. This fascinating book delves into the origins and backgrounds of key Scottish clan names which have formed a part of the country's modern day heritage. Encompassing a brief history and description of the most famous Scottish names, discover how they are inextricably intertwined with Scottish history. Packed full of peculiar trivia, this book contains all you need to know about Scottish ancestry. A curiositorium of the quirky, odd and downright strange. Fact boxes, a full glossary, timeline and index make the book both fun and informative to use.
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Seal Morning

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Books 10
Author: Rowena Farre

At the age of 10, Rowna Farre left her parents' home in India and was sent to live with an eccentric aunt on a croft in the Highlands of Scotland. Cut off from civilisation, all they had for company for most of the year were birds and animals. After rescuing a baby seal, Rowena discovered she had a natural affinity with wild creatures, and soon she and the seal she named Lora were inseparable companions. She and her aunt then proceeded to make friends with a whole range of creatures, from Cuthbert and Sara, the squirrels, and Rodney the rat, to Sith the deer and a host of others. The adventures and mishaps of this little cast of characters are endlessly entertaining. The harsher side of nature is never far away, however, teaching Rowena about death and loss. And one day Lora will hear the call of the wild and swim out to sea.
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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 Breadmakers Saga

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Books 47
The Breadmakers Saga - by Margaret Thomson Davis

A Glaswegian equivalent of Coronation Street

The Breadmakers Saga follows the story of a Glasgow working class community living through the dark days of the Depression and the Second World War. Clydend, McNair's Bakery and the surrounding tenements, are all vividly and absorbingly depicted, as are the lives and loves of people like Catriona, a young woman trying to cope with an overbearing husband; the forman baker Baldy Fowler and his tragic wife, Sarah; Alec Jackson, philandering insurance salesman; and a host of other colourful characters, who face up to the ordinary challenges of life and the extraordinary challenges of war with honesty, optimism and hope.
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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 Famous Grouse

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Books 06
The Famous Grouse, A Whisky Companion

Heritage, History, Recipes & Drinks. For more than 100 years, people the world over have enjoyed The Famous Grouse whisky. In this beautiful new cookbook and miscellany, the fascinating secrets of the whisky-making process are revealed and alongside them is a wealth of original recipes. From whisky-based dishes such as The Famous Grouse rack of lamb and Apple tarte tatin with whisky ice cream, to cocktails like The Ginger Grouse and the Rob Roy, there is something to inspire everyone.
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The Hired Lad

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Books 19
Author - Ian Campbell Thomson

Ian Campbell Thomson relives his time as a young farmworker on a Stirlingshire farm after the Second World War. It is a touching coming-of-age tale: we see the author make new friends and romances while finding his own way in a changing world. He describes the passing of age-old country ways, as technology begins to replace traditional farming methods. The book is dedicated to Donald and Blossom, the magnificent pair of Clydesdale horses with which he ploughed, until the sad day when they were replaced by a smart Fordson tractor. Of those early times he writes: 'I often wondered how far I walked in a day behind the plough. My guess was somewhere between 12 and 15 miles . . . the words the ploughman homeward wends his weary way just about sums up the end of the day trudge back to the farm, with darkness closing in and the stable work to be done'. Peopled with memorable characters including the hard-working 'boss', and the wise Aunt Kit, this is a unique tribute, full of humour and nostalgia to a disappearing culture.

'A classic description of life in the Scottish countryside..... should not be missed.'  Scots Magazine.
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The History of Scotland for Children

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Book 15

This exciting history which has been specially written for children and young people traces the fascinating story of Scotland - from its very first settlers who arrived more than 10,000 years ago right up to the Scotland of modern times.

Fiona MacDonald's informative and entertaining text combines with wonderful illustrations and spectacular photography to create this stunning account of Scotland's history. Charting centuries of battles, conquests, achievements and traditions, The History of Scotland for Children celebrates the extraordinary history of this legendary land and its proud people.

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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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