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Description - The Back O' the Hill by John G. Gibson

This book is a blend of memories of a boyhood spent, just after the war, at Craigag, the earl of Morton's Victorian shooting lodge near Glenfinnan, and a study of the history of that small once-Gaelic place. It is written from the point of view of some scholarship, and from the point of view of someone whose historical and ethnographic research work has been done mostly from Judique in Cape Breton. The author's imaginative and stimulating blend of personal reminiscence and rigorous research demonstrates that Highland history can almost always be, and often best is, done from a local starting point. It exposes the first struggles from ruralism into industrialism on the fringes of Lochaber and Ardgour and what happened in a depopulated area of Gaelic Scotland for a century from 1840.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781841586380
ISBN-10: 1841586382
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Birlinn Ltd
Publisher: Birlinn General
Publish Date: 17-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - John G. Gibson

John G. Gibson, a scholar of Gaelic culture and musicologist who lives in Judique, Nova Scotia He is the author of Traditional Gaelic Bagpiping, 1745-1945 and Old and New World Highland Bagpiping. Born in Edinburgh in 1941, he spent much of his childhood in Craigag near Glenfinnan but attended both school and university in Edinburgh before his emigration to Canada.