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The Highland Clans

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The Highland clans of Scotland are famous, the names celebrated, and the deeds heroic. Having clung to ancient traditions of family, loyalty, and valor for centuries, the clans met the beginning of their end at the fateful battle at Culloden in 1746. The great emigrations to North America and elsewhere began, and clansmen and women disappeared into the streets of the world's cities.

Alistair Moffat traces the history of the clans from their Celtic origins to the coming of the Romans; from Somerled the Viking to Robert the Bruce; from the great battles of Bannockburn and Flodden to Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Risings; and from the Clearances to the present day.

These are the stories of great leaders and famous battles. They are also the stories of an extraordinary people, shaped by the unique traditions and landscape of the Highlands of Scotland. Moffat is an adept guide to the world of the clans, a world dominated by lineage, land, and community. Names were crucially important in this world: more than mere labels, names were also addresses, linking people to the map of northern Scotland. Even today the power of the ancient clan names persists, drawing many of the children of the scattered diaspora back to this rugged corner of the world. Special features include a clan map and a list of clan names.

Book News Annotation:

This work offers a highly illustrated history of the clans of the Scottish Highlands, from their Celtic origins to the present day. Stories of great leaders, battles, and traditions are supplemented with descriptions of the landscape and an analysis of the effect of the great migrations to the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that began after the battle of Culloden in 1746. The book includes a clan map and an alphabetical list of clans, plus a total of 86 color and b&w historical illustrations and photos. Moffat has written other books on Scottish history. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


A compelling and beautifully illustrated history of Scottish clans and their leaders.

About the Author

Alistair Moffat is a writer and television producer and announcer. His many books include Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms, The Sea Kingdoms:The Story of Gaelic Britain and Ireland, Before Scotland and The Highland Clans. He lives in Scotland.

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Thames & Hudson
Europe - Great Britain - General
Moffat, Alistair
Europe - Great Britain - Scotland
Great britain
World History-Scotland and Wales
World History-England General
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35 color and 51 black-and-white photogra
8 x 5.5 x 1 in

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History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » Scotland
History and Social Science » World History » England » General

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