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The Crofter and the Laird

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When John McPhee returned to the island of his ancestors—Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland—a hundred and thirty-eight people were living there. About eighty of these, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken residence on the island for two or three hundred years; the rest, including the English laird who owned Colonsay, were “incomers.” Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on the island he owned. While comparing crofter and laird, McPhee gives readers a deep and rich portrait of the terrain, the history, the legends, and the people of this fragment of the Hebrides.

About the Author

John McPhee is the author of twenty-six books, including Annals of the Former World, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1965 and lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374131920
Author:
Gray, James; Graves, James
Author:
Gray, James
Illustrator:
Graves, James; Gray, James
Author:
McPhee, John
Author:
Graves, James
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Europe - Gt. Britain/Scotland
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Crofters.
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19920901
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.50 in

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