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A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland
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ISBN:
9781780275468
Categories
History, New Releases, Scottish Culture, Travel Writing, Adventure & Guides
Imprint
Birlinn
Publication Date
10 May 2018
Format
Paperback
Status
Available for Sale
Publisher
Birlinn Ltd
Extent
384

A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland

Circa 1695
by Martin Martin - Find out more about the author

It is three hundred years since Martin Martin’s great journey around the Western Isles, Orkneys and Shetlands. The first and one of the greatest of all travellers in Scotland, Martin is also unique in being the only native Gaelic speaker amongst them. This gives his account a unique and authoritative resonance which makes it, even today, a mine of information on the history, customs, traditions and life of the Hebrides. It also casts light on the islands during a crucial period of history when the old structures of society still held sway before Jacobite rebellions altered society irrevocably.

Martin Martin (Màrtainn MacGilleMhàrtainn) was born at Bealach, near Duntulm, Skye, and was a native Gaelic speaker. He studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Leiden, and died in London in 1719.






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