The story of the Highland clans is famous, their names celebrated and their deeds heroic. Having clung to the ancient traditions of family, loyalty and valour for longer than most of Western Europe, the clans met the beginning of their end at the fateful battle at Culloden in 1746. 'The Highland Clans' clears away the myths and brings this compelling history alive.
Ailstair Moffat tracest the history of hte clans from their Cletic origin to the coming of the Romans and their resistance under Calgacus; from Somerled the Viking to Robert the Bruce; from the great battles of Bannockburn and Flodden to Bonnie Prince Charles and the Jacobite Risings; and from the Clearances and the present day. Each chapter is gripping, whether it is the tale of James Mackintosh who, hidden in the heather, watched as his father marched to his death at Culloden, or the chilling story of the massacre of Glencoe in 1692, when the local people were befriended by the soldiers who then turned on them.
These are stories of great leaders and famous battles. They are also stories of an extraordinary people, shaped by the unique traditions and landscape of the Scottish Highlands. Moffat is an adept guide to the world of the clans - a world dominated by lineage, land and community. Carefully chosen illustrations give a strong sense of this history and draw you even further into this fascinating world. The story of the clans is also about the pain of leaving, with the great emigrations to the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand which began after Culloden. Clansmen and women disappeared into the streets of the world's cities, but the memories have never faded and the lustre of their story has never dimmed. Even today the power of the ancient clan names persists, drawing many of the children of the diaspora back to this rugged corner of the world.
Complete with a clan map and an alphabetical list of the clans of the Scottish Highlands, this is a must for anyone interested in the history of Scotland.