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On the Crofter's Trail: In Search of the Clearance Highlanders Paperback – December 30, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 359 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd (December 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184158455X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841584553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,983,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An outstanding book." The Herald "He has the eye, the imagination and the descriptive density of early Bruce Chatwin." Toronto Globe & Mail "A powerful, poetic, personal Highland Odyssey." --Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

David Craig was born in Aberdeen and educated there and in Cambridge. He has taught literature and social history in schools and universities in England, Scotland and Sri Lanka. He has published several books on Natural History and, including The Glens of Silence which was published by Birlinn in 2004. He lives in Cumbria.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Marchinek on January 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover
On the Crofters' Trail, In the search of the Clearance Highlanders by David Craig is an interesting and complex book. Basically it is the story of David Craig and his wife as they travel across the Scottish Highlands and Islands then off to Canada to seek out the descendents of Highlanders who suffered the clearance as proof they happened plus giving a tie or link for the North American descendents of today. The suffering and pain that they suffered as the sheep came north is evident. With each tail retold by Mr. Craig a similar pattern and truth seems to surface. It seems hard to deny as some do that the clearances never occurred. In this I enjoyed the book as it helped preserve the history from the raw sources before it passed into oblivion.

The book did seem to ramble a little and become difficult to understand the direction and reasoning behind Craig's journey or quest. He often reverts to tales of earlier visits in his younger years and then returns to the present. Sometimes a paragraph ends as if he got off track and forgot his original point. It made reading a little hard to follow. Some of it seemed as if a personal quest of himself trying to apologize for his ignorance as a admitted Lowlander to his nation's history or maybe for the lack of respect of the Lowlanders for the Highlanders of the past.

The book is rich with amazing stories and memories that I so appreciate. These would be lost if not for Craig's gallant effort at traveling the world to listen and record for future generations of the world's Scottish Descendents. History is so important for us to understand who we are and why we are where we are. This book helps explain that.

I recommend a second reading or taking it chapter by chapter to try and digest and reflect on the book.
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By sildhe mac on September 17, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I enjoyed the slant this book gave to the oft told story of the Highland Clearances. While nothing could change the overall sad feelings one experiences when reading of the inhumane treatment of so many poor people,this book puts an authentic face on the stories and uses primary sources to give a new view and a truth sometimes missing in other works.
I would recommend this to anyone wishing to get the 'feel' of the burning of homes and routing of villages. Since humankind seems to have been unable to learn the right lessons from history so often, this may be another opportunity to examine our own predjudices in current events.
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By A Customer on April 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
The agony of the nineteenth century clearances and the crofters migrations to Canada is recounted by stories passed down through successive generations and collected by the author.
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