DESCRIPTION OF THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND, Circa 1695:


DESCRIPTION OF THE WESTERN ISLANDS OF SCOTLAND, Circa 1695:

MARTIN MARTIN    Book Number: 88460    Product format: Paperback

A fascinating history of the Hebrides circa 1695, Martin Martin's two pieces of travel writing before the Jacobite rebellions changed society in the Highlands permanently. Both of Martin's works were long recognised as some of the most significant pieces produced about Scotland with Boswell and Johnson finding them indispensable on their tour in 1773 with profound insight into customs, traditions and the way of life in the remote island communities. This edition is particularly special as it includes Donald Munro's 'Description of the Occidental i.e. Western Islands of Scotland' from 1549, a record of a pastoral visit from the High Dean of the Isles in the complex aftermath of the Lords of the Isles' fall. Travel from the isles of Lewis, Harris and Skye, to Jura, Arran, and St Kilda with chapters not only studying the islands themselves, but also covering the courts of judicatory (the church, discipline and forms of prayer) and the diseases known and not known in Skye including the effects of various fish on constitutions, yeast - how it is preserved by natives, as well as the effect of eating hemlock root. Read Martin's celebration of the people of St Kilda's musical prowess with his assertion that the inhabitants of the isle have a genius for poetry, are great admirers of music and dance mightily, and discover the islands' place in British history, such as the Toubir Mory bay between isles Calve and Mull, in which one of the ships from the Spanish Armada, Florida, perished having been blown up by one Smallet of Dunbarton in 1588. From the surprising (and only) earthquake on St Kilda in 1686 and the Michaelmas Day anniversary horse ride by inhabitants on the isle of Harris, to the naming of Skye after the skianach word 'winged' because of the two opposite northern promontories (Vaterness and Trotterness) resembling wings, these detailed histories are as important to the modern adventurer as they were to travellers centuries ago. Paperback, maps, 378pp.
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ISBN 9781780275468
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