Friday, 30 March 2007
In the 1880s and 1890s, the lives of rural communities, were still very much as they had been for decades before. This was especially true of an area of Scotland like Glenesk, in a valley running into the Grampian Hills. The cash-book presented here is a record of the daily work of a small Glenesk farm of this period, providing a fascinating insight into country life in the later years of the 19th century. At Brechin with Stirks (Sources in Local History S.).
Glenesk is one of the most beautiful of the Angus glens. Though surrounded by high peaks in its upper reaches and seemingly remote, it is no isolated backwater. A network of hill-paths through the Mounth links Glenesk to Deeside and neighouring Angus glens, while its lower end opens out to the low country of the east. This is one reason why the Glen is so rich in the relics of life and work of the people who have lived there and who have passed through it from early times onwards. This is the story of an upland, rural community, told from the perspectives of the people themselves and covers almost every aspect of glen life. From the distant past to modern day, the book looks at people's changing relationships with the landscape, the buildings they lived, worked and worshipped in and the tools they used. Official documents record the effects of the famine and wars of the 17th-century, and the deprivations suffered either at the hands of marauding Highland caterans or the renegade offspring of their landlords. Glenesk: The History and Culture of an Angus Community.
Saturday, 24 March 2007
Lindores Loch, by Newburgh, Fife, Scotland. In medieval times this freshwater loch, one of the few natural ones in Fife, supplied the local monastery with meals of pike, perch and eels, but nowadays it is an excellent fishing spot.
Friday, 2 March 2007
Loch Tummel, Perthshire, Scotland. Loch Tummel has one of the outstanding beauty spots in all of Scotland. The Queen’s View is where a panorama of lake and mountain scenery stretches westwards as far as the Glencoe hills, on clear days.