Plaids and Bandanas: From Highland Drover to Wildwest Cowboy

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From droving to driving, reivers to rustlers, heilan kye to long horns, Plaids and Bandanas explores the links between the two cattle cultures in music, song and dance, and folklore. The vast number of Scots who emigrated to North America has been well documented, whether through forcible eviction during the clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries or voluntarily in the hope of a better life. With them they took their culture, their language, their music and their skills. Cattle droving in Scotland was an ...

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Overview

From droving to driving, reivers to rustlers, heilan kye to long horns, Plaids and Bandanas explores the links between the two cattle cultures in music, song and dance, and folklore. The vast number of Scots who emigrated to North America has been well documented, whether through forcible eviction during the clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries or voluntarily in the hope of a better life. With them they took their culture, their language, their music and their skills. Cattle droving in Scotland was an established profession from the 16th century, and many such migrants took cowboy jobs in the American West. The medium of music paints a vivid picture of their social and personal lives and the exchange was not all one way. The music crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic creating strong links between the old culture and the new. Lonely men in strange surroundings found comfort in songs that reminded them of home.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780946487882
  • Publisher: Luath Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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Rob Gibson, himself a musician, knows the power of song. Rob has researched the roots of the songs and the routes of the drovers, and established clear and coherent links between the Wild West and the no-less-wild Highlands. The medium of music paints a vivid picture of their social and personal lives.

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Table of Contents

Maps 6
Chronology 11
Foreword 15
Introduction 17
Chapter 1 Cattle Breeders and Cattle Raiders 23
Chapter 2 Cattle Culture and the Sheiling Life 33
Chapter 3 Highland Cattle - a Breed Evolves 37
Chapter 4 A Huge Droving Trade Evolves 45
Chapter 5 Better to Sell Nowte than Nations 53
Chapter 6 Drovers and Dealers 64
Chapter 7 The Cattle Trade Goes International 73
Chapter 8 Cattle Displace Buffalo and the Plains Indians 79
Chapter 9 Invest out West! 105
Chapter 10 A Scots Middleman out West - John Clay 110
Chapter 11 Our Scotsman out West - Murdo MacKenzie 121
Chapter 12 Scot in a Western saddle - R B Cunninghame Graham 129
Chapter 13 America for the Americans - Scotland for the Scots? 139
Chapter 14 Emigrants and Migrants - Transferable Skills and Conflicts 147
Chapter 15 Drovers and Cowboys - Myths and Realities 156
Places of Interest 17
Further Reading 175
Discography 178
Glossary of Terms 179
Index 181
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