Lewis in History and Legend
The West Coast
By (author) Bill Lawson
Lewis in History and Legend by Bill Lawson
Book DescriptionThe Isle of Lewis, the largest and the most northerly of the islands of the Outer Hebrides, has had an eventful story from prehistoric times through to the present. Evidence of human occupation stretches back to 3000 BC, explicit in the iconic silhouettes of the Standing Stones at Callanish. After the Vikings left in the ninth century, the clans of West Scotland quickly moved in, and Lewis was the site of many feuds between the Morrisons, the MacAulays and the MacLeods. The island operated largely independently until it was purchased by the MacKenzies in 1600 and was finally drawn into Scotland's mainland politics. It was then purchased by Sir James Matheson in 1844, and finally by Lord Leverhulme, in the 20th century.Throughout the centuries the people of Lewis have taken their living from the land and the surrounding seas, and these elements, together with the climate of the island, have determined their history far more than the vicissitudes of its ownership. Bill Lawson excels in charting the history of the people themselves, weaving his way through the centuries with stories drawn from documented sources, oral tradition, Gaelic song, and from his own experiences of many years travelling around the island.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841583686
(216mm x 138mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 17-Jul-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bill Lawson
Lewis in History and Legend, Paperback (October 2011)
A beautifully rendered portrait of the social and cultural history of the Isle of Lewis, from its early inhabitants to its modern day residents.
North Uist in History and Legend, Paperback (August 2011)
Bill Lawson is the foremost authority on the detailed history of the Western Isles of Scotland, and he now follows his successful 'Harris in History and Legend' with a companion volume of the neighbouring Isle of North Uist.
Harris in History and Legend, Paperback (August 2006)
Occupying the southernmost part of the largest of the Western Isles, Harris boasts some of the most ruggedly beautiful and unspoilt landscape in Scotland. It is also extremely rich in archaeological remains. This book introduces the reader to the events that have shaped the island's history, and dips into the local legends, traditions and tales.
Frederick Douglass, Hardback (December 1998)» View all books by Bill Lawson
This collection of writings on Frederick Douglass examines the explicit and implicit philosophical themes and arguments that resonate through his texts. Contributors to the volume include Angela Davis, Bernard Boxill, Howard McGary and Lewis Gordon.
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Author Biography - Bill Lawson
Bill Lawson founded the genealogy centre Co Leis Thu? and is genealogical consultant to Northton Heritage Trust, which now runs this research service. He has written over 36 books on the genealogies and history of the Western Isles and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history of emigration from the area. He regularly researches and lectures in North America and Australia. He lives in Northton, Harris.
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