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Description - Old Skye Tales by William Mackenzie

A compilation of lore, legend, tradition and incident from the Isle of Skye. It contains a large amount of information on the geography of the island (particularly the north) along with sections on crofting, the Church, local superstitions, sayings, second sight and even local characters past and present. It aims to prove a resource for the historian, as well as a compendium for those intersted in the island.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841582016
ISBN-10: 1841582018
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 126mm x 14mm)
Pages: 128
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 30-May-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - William Mackenzie

William Mackenzie was born in 1851 in Melness, Sutherland though moved to Skye at an early age. He began teaching in Uig and in 1879 was appointed headmaster of Valtos in Staffin. He became active in the crofter agitation of the 1880s and was one of the crofters' representatives at the Napier Commission of 1884. He retired in 1915 and began to write his reminiscences, which were published in two books in 1930 and 1934. The present volume is an edited compilation of these two works.

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