There are millions of people whose ancestors originated in the Scottish Highlands, but few reliable guides about the daily lives of the people of this region, their vibrant culture, and their storied history during the era of the clan system.
This book by award-winning scholar Dr. Michael Newton provides keys that unlock the mysteries of Scottish Highland heritage, answering such essential questions as: How did the division between the Highlands and Lowlands emerge in Scotland? Where do Highland surnames come from? What stories did people tell about the origins of clans and how should we interpret them today? How did the clan system really work? How did Highlanders provide food, shelter, and clothing for themselves? What did Highlanders do to commemorate birth, marriage, and death?
These questions and others are answered for a general readership, especially by providing primary sources written by Highlanders themselves that open a window into their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This book is a must-have for all those who want a deeper understanding of Scottish Highland heritage.
Although this volume is geared toward a general audience, it also contains materials that make it suitable for use as a course text: a set of critical questions to apply to historical evidence, a wide variety of extensive primary sources, and an appendix with sections on understanding and crafting thesis statements and guidelines for the process of writing a research paper.
- Studying History, Using Sources
- Divide and Conquer: Highland-Lowland Distinctions
- What’s In A Name? Personal Names, Clan Names, Emblems
- As Old As The Mist: Origin Legends
- Everyone Has Their Place: Social Structures, Roles, and Landholding
- The Bare Necessities: Food, Clothing, and Shelter
- From Birth to Death: Rites of Passage
- Writing A Research Paper