Description - Old Skye Tales by William Mackenzie
William MacKenzie (1851-1935) spent his working life as a school teacher on Skye. In old age he wrote this fascinating account of the island' revealing his intimate knowledge and lifelong love of its geography and its people.
Old Skye Tales is a unique and valuable record, written by a man of intelligence and sensitivity, whose life spanned both the traditional and the modern world.
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(195mm x 130mm x 15mm)
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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.