On The Crofters' Trail: In Search Of the Clearance Highlanders. London, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1990.
London, Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1990. Reprint 8vo, 240 x 165mm. 358pp with 15 b/w photogrpahs and 2 maps. Hardcover with price-clipped dust jacket in good condition. One small tear to bottom of dust jacket otherwise no markings or faults. David Craig tells the stories of those people from the Highlands and Islands who were cleared off their lands in the 19th and 20th century, through the eyes of their descendants. He has travelled far and wide, across Canada and Scotland, to gather the tales. Bookseller Inventory # 001213
For several generations people moved away from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, many by choice, many forced out of by landowners in the Clearances. Hardships, exertions and acts of defiance marked the migration of the crofters. The author travelled through Scotland and Canada to find out which stories remain in the memories of their descendants. On Shetland he heard how flocks of sheep, expelled from good grassland, died at the new boundary fence with their faces towards the old pastures. The author evokes the terrain in which the crofters struggled to keep a footing in their homeland and brings before us the many women and men of both countries as they recount in thier own words the agony of their forebears.
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