Written before the Jacobite rebellions irrevocably changed the face of Highland society, Martin Martin's "Description of the Western Islands of Scotland and A Voyage to St Kilda" paints a fascinating picture of the Hebrides at a seminal point in its history. Long recognized as one of the most significant pieces of travel writing ever produced about Scotland (Boswell and Johnson found it indispensable on their famous tour of 1773), it offers a mine of information on the customs, tradition and way of life in these remote island communities. This edition, newly annotated by the Martin Martin scholar Domhnall Uilleam StiA'bhart, offers a huge amount of background information and fascinating insights into this classic work.
Martin Martin (Martainn MacGilleMhartainn) was born at Bealach, near Duntulm, Skye, and was a native Gaelic speaker. He studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Leiden, and died in London in 1719.
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