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Highland Homespun
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ISBN:
9781780270418
Categories
Biography, Local History
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
19 June 2012
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
296

Highland Homespun

by Margaret Leigh - Find out more about the author

In May 1933 Margaret Leigh took over the tenancy of Achnabo farm, in a beautiful corner of the West Highlands overlooking the isle of Skye.

In this unsentimental yet exquisitely written book, she recounts a year of farming life there, from the burning of the land and ploughing in March, through planting and sowing in April to haymaking and harvesting in September. Incidental details – such as a visit to the smithy, the arrival of some new bulls and the annual journey of the cows to the summer shielings – provide fascinating insights into farming life. Local characters and customs feature too, adding another rich dimension to this reflective and poignant memoir of a world now vanished forever.

Margaret Leigh (1894–1973) studied Classics at Oxford University and taught for a while at St Leonard’s School, St Andrews, and at Reading University. An unconventional and self-reliant spirit, she spent many years living and farming in the remote Scottish Highlands and immersing herself in Gaelic culture. She spent the last 25 years of her life as a Carmelite nun in Oxford.






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