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The Gathering Stream
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ISBN:
9781780270951
Categories
History, Local History
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
04 October 2012
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Limited
Extent
248
Illustrations
b/w throughout

The Gathering Stream

The Story of the Moray Firth
by James Miller - Find out more about the author

The Moray Firth is the large triangle of sea that cuts into the north-east of Scotland. The Vikings called it Brei'afjo'r, and to the Gaels it is Linne Mhoraibh. Once a centre of Pictish power it became with its adjoining coasts a contested region, as Gaels, Norsemen, Norman knights, royal dynasties and clan warlords fought to win control of its fertile soil, its grain and its timber, its cattle and its fish, while burgh merchants struggled to maintain trade links with the rest of Britain and Europe. In this struggle influences from the south prevailed to create the complicated conjunction between Highland and lowland that colours the region to this day. Now the Firth lands are a test-bed for the economies of the future - renewable energy from wind farms, green tourism (the Firth is home to the world’s most northerly population of bottlenose dolphins), and the sustainable exploitation of natural resources. In this sweeping, fast-paced account of the Firth over the last two thousand years, James Miller explores how the great shifts in Scottish history and culture have impacted on its shores and its peoples, and how time has acted to gather disparate heritages into one.

James Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working abroad and in London he returned to the north of Scotland to work as a full-time writer. His previous books published by Birlinn include Swords for Hire, The Dam Builders and The Foresters. He lives near Inverness.






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