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The Highlanders at Home
Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (270 pages)
Author: R. McIan
Written by R.R. McIan, the full title of this publication is 'Gaelic Gatherings: Or The Highlanders at Home, on the Heath, the River and the Loch'.
Originally published in 1848, this work was a companion to McIan's more famous study of the Highland clans, and both reflected the exploding public interest in rural or primitive folk culture and in the Highlands of Scotland in particular. In a series of 24 color plates, with substantial accompanying text, McIan sought to illustrate the way in which Highlanders worked and played.
The plates included such scenes as Drovers, Girls Washing, Highland Shepherd, Gillies with Game Wool-Carding, Angling, Deer-Stalking, Spinning, Herring Fishing, Spearing a Salmon, Whisky Still, Throwing the Stone, Gille Calum and Carrying Peat, among others. The scenes, as in his sketches of the Highland Clans, were evocative of a world romanticized by the Victorians, but they still record that world as the mid-19th century envisioned it. The work, with its combination of text and illustrations, provides a wealth of information for both historians of Scottish dress and students of Scottish social history. This is a facsimile copy of the 1900 edition.
This CD consists of scans of the whole of the original articles, which can be browsed, enlarged and printed if required. Please note: it is not searchable.
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