The Highland Clans

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“A brisk and accessible guide to a thousand years of reiving and rivalry in the Highlands.” —The Scotsman

The story of the Highland clans of Scotland is 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 of Culloden in 1746.

Alistair Moffat traces the history of the clans from their Celtic origins to ...

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“A brisk and accessible guide to a thousand years of reiving and rivalry in the Highlands.” —The Scotsman

The story of the Highland clans of Scotland is 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 of Culloden in 1746.

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.
Moffat is an adept guide to the world of the clans, a world dominated by lineage, land, and community. These are stories of great leaders and famous battles, and of an extraordinary people, shaped by the unique traditions and landscape of the Scottish Highlands. It’s a story too about the pain of leaving, with the great emigrations to the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand that began after Culloden.

Complete with a clan map and an alphabetical list of the clans of the Scottish Highlands, this is a must for anyone interested in the history of Scotland.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780500251591
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alistair Moffat is a well-known writer and television producer. His previous books include Before Scotland, Arthur and the Lost Kingdoms, and The Borders. He lives in Scotland.
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  • Posted January 14, 2015

    A brief but nonetheless entertaining overview of the origins and

    A brief but nonetheless entertaining overview of the origins and history of the clan system in Scotland. Moffet's writing style make for an engrossing yet facile read.

    Two very glaring and inexplicable omissions are the failure to mention, let alone provide the histories of, clans Sutherland and Sinclair. Both were very powerful, wealthy, and influential clans in the history of Scotland, and the Highlands in particular. What makes this even more curious is the fact that the author's surname is a sept of clan Sutherland.

    This mars an otherwise handy little book on the subject. I think that Sir Iain Moncrieffe's authoritative work by the same title has yet to be beaten.

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