Crofting Years


by Francis Thompson

‘I would recommend this book to all who are interested in the past, but even more so to those who are interested in the future survival of our way of life and culture’ – Peter MacLeod, The Stornoway Gazette

‘This book is a mine of information on many aspects of the past, among them the homes, the food, the music and the medicine of our crofting forebears’ – John M. Macmillan, Erstwhile Crofters Commissioner for Lewis and Harris

‘Unlike many books on the subject, Crofting Years combines a radical political approach to Scottish crofting experience with a ruthless realism which, while recognising the full tragedy and difficulty of his subject, never descends to sentimentality or nostalgia’ – Chapman

Paperback: 136 pages

Publisher: Luath Press, 1984 (new edit. 2016)

Language: English

1 in stock

Crofting is much more than a way of life in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. It is a storehouse of cultural, linguistic and moral values which holds together a scattered and struggling rural population.

This book fills a blank in the written history of crofting over the last two centuries. Bloody conflicts and gunboat diplomacy, treachery, compassion, music and story: all figure as Francis Thompson takes us into the homes and the very minds of those who fought so desperately for security on their land.

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Dimensions 13.5 × 0.8 × 21 cm

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