Eighty Years in the Highlands

The Life and Times of Osgood Mackenzie of Inverewe 1842-1922

By Pauline Butler

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From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie developed a garden at Inverewe, on the remote NW coast of Scotland. It is famous for the variety and rarity of plants grown where it had not been thought possible for them to exist. However, few visitors appreciate his role as a 'heritor' in Wester Ross. Pauline Butler details his life.

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From 1863 Osgood Hanbury Mackenzie created and developed a garden at Inverewe, on the remote north-west coast of Scotland. It has become famous across the world for the variety and rarity of plants grown 'in a region in which it had not been thought possible for them to exist'. However, few of the thousands of people who visit Inverewe appreciate his significant roles as a 'heritor' in the Wester Ross community of Gairloch and Poolewe, or know of his interests in farming, natural history and the Gaelic culture.

Through this study, Pauline Butler details the life of Osgood Mackenzie in the context of the local area. She takes us from the world of his childhood in the 1840s, years of destitution and famine, through the crofting and Poor Law, religious and education reforms of the later 1800s and into the widening horizons of the twentieth century. Her research uncovered much archive material from contemporary newspaper accounts and guide-books, the log books of local schools and the memories of his Hanbury and Mackenzie relatives. His own A Hundred Years in the Highlands and other personal papers proved a rich source of information.

Contemporary photographs, most previously unpublished, illustrate the personal and public life, the drama (as when his Mansion House went up in flames) and the poignancy of this complex man. The Author has added a fascinating and valuable contribution to our understanding of the Highlands during his lifetime.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Strident Publishing
Publication Date 8 Mar 2010
ISBN 9781906775131
Number of Pages 400

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