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When was the last witch burnt in the Highlands and what was her crime? Which Jacobite lady led men to war while her Hanoverian husband stayed at home? Who were the first Highland women to be recorded in history and what did they do? And how have women's lives changed since mediaeval times? Katharine Stewart recounts the lives and legends of famous Highland and Island women, from Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus to Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon. However, the true essence of the book lies in the abiding sense of ...
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When was the last witch burnt in the Highlands and what was her crime? Which Jacobite lady led men to war while her Hanoverian husband stayed at home? Who were the first Highland women to be recorded in history and what did they do? And how have women's lives changed since mediaeval times? Katharine Stewart recounts the lives and legends of famous Highland and Island women, from Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus to Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon. However, the true essence of the book lies in the abiding sense of the thousands of Highlanders throughout the ages who, though they lived under different laws and in far-off times, have together created the history and culture that produced the Highland women of today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905222742
  • Publisher: Luath Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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Katharine Stewart was born in 1914 and is one of Britain's oldest living writers. During the war, she worked for the Admiralty in London. She then moved to Abriachan, near Inverness, where she ran a croft and wrote documentaries for the BBC. Her previous books include A Croft in the Hills, The Story of Loch Ness and The Crofting Way. She was instrumental in setting up the museum at Abriachan, and in 2005 received the Saltire Society Highland Branch Award for Contribution to the Understanding of Highland Culture, in recognition of her work.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements     5
Chronology     9
Foreword     13
Introduction: Women of the Highlands     17
Early Women - Celtic Times     19
Mediaeval Times - Women of the Castles     25
Mediaeval Times - Women of the Settlements     29
Work Songs and Incantations     34
Mairi MacLeod (c. 1569-c. 1674) - Bard     41
Marriage Customs     43
Childbirth     46
Witchcraft     49
Women of the '45 - The Rebel Women     53
Flora MacDonald (1722-1790) - A Reluctant Heroine     57
Anne Grant of Laggan (1755-1838) - 'She was a lady most complete and bright'     64
Women of the Clearances     78
Great Mairi of the Songs (1821-1898) - the Poet of Skye     82
A Woman's Work     88
Women Wage-Earners     95
A New Form of Fostering     99
A Highland Lady (1797-1882)     101
Jane Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon (1749-1812) - 'The Flower of Galloway'     108
Frances Tolmie (1840-1927) - 'A Woman Nobly Planned'     114
Margaret Fay Shaw (1903-2004) - A Gael by Adoption     121
Jemima Blackburn (1823-1909) - 'A Watercolourist of Perception'     130
Story-tellers of Our Time     136
Exodus     140
Isabel Frances Grant (1887-1983) - Collector Extraordinaire     144
These Days     150
Bibliography     153
Glossary     155
Index     156
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