THE BOOK: "Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover" & Other West Highland Chronicles Eric Cregeen's groundbreaking research into the Argyll Estate Papers and into the oral tradition of the Scottish West Highlands are at the heart of this collection. During his appointment at the University of Edinburgh's School of Scottish Studies, Cregeen tape-recorded tradition bearers in both Gaelic and English, gathering information that is today priceless, such as the descriptions of the last Argyll drover. He was a founding member of the Scottish Oral History movement, but his tragically early death in 1983 robbed Scotland of a great scholar, social historian and folklorist and of other proposed books. This collection, selected and edited by Dr Margaret Bennett, will be welcomed by a wide range of readers, especially those who share Cregeen's enthusiasm for 'approaching the history of the Highlands with a mind alert to the claims of oral tradition.' The book begins with a masterful introductory essay by the editor and also includes a comprehensive bibliography of Cregeen's work.
This edition brings invaluable and beautifully written material to a new generation keen to reconnect with Scotland's Highland history and tradition.
AUTHOR: ERIC R. CREGEEN (1921-1983). Though born in the north of England, Eric Cregeen's family were from the Isle of Man, where he spent many of his formative years. After graduating from Cambridge University as a Social Historian, Cregeen trained with the Irish Folklore Commission before being appointed as Associate Director of the Manx Museum. In 1966 he joined the staff of the University of Edinburgh at the School of Scottish Studies and was one of the most productive fieldworkers and researchers. He was later appointed Reader in Scottish Studies, a role which he fulfilled until his untimely death in 1983. THE EDITOR: MARGARET BENNETT is a prize-winning author, well known singer and broadcaster. She has written extensively about Scottish folklore and culture at home and abroad and her eleven books include Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave. She is the recipient of several honours including The Celtic Women International Award (2003), Honorary Life Fellow of the Association of Scottish Literary Studies (2010), Honorary Doctor of Music (2010, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow), le 'Prix du Quebec' (2011) and the Royal Scottish Academy has recently appointed her Honorary Professor Antiquities (2012).
TABLE OF CONTENT 1. Editorial 2. Extra-Mural Classes in the West Highlands 3. Illustrated Extra-Mural Lecture 4. Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover 5. Flailing in Argyll 6. The Tacksmen and their successors: a study of tenurial reorganisation in Mull, Morven and Tiree in the early 18thcentury 7. Oral Sources for The Social History of the Scottish Highlands and Islands 8. Oral Tradition and Agrarian History in the West Highlands. 9. Donald Sinclair: Oral Tradition of Tiree 10. Donald Morrison: Oral Tradition of Mull 11. Tiree Bards and their Bardachd 12. Oral Tradition and History in a Hebridean Island 13. Tradition and Change in the West Highlands of Scotland 14. Bibliography of Eric R. Cregeen's published works
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