Lewis in History and Legend

The East Coast

By Bill Lawson

Format: Paperback

A beautifully rendered portrait of the social and cultural history of the Isle of Lewis, from its early inhabitants to its modern day residents.

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Birlinn Limited

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The Isle of Lewis, the largest and most populous of the islands of the Outer Hebrides, has had an eventful history which stretches back thousands of years. In this eagerly awaited second volume of Lewis in History and Legend, Bill Lawson deals with the townships of the east coast of the island, from Tolsta in the north to the boundary with Harris in the south, and with Stornoway, the commercial and administrative capital of the island. In his own inimitable style, he traces the story of the island from earliest times to the present day, describing the landscape and the physical remains of the past. More importantly, however, he excels in charting the history of the people themselves, weaving his way through the centuries with stories drawn from documented sources, oral tradition, Gaelic song and from his own experiences of many years travelling around the island and researching the history of its families. The result is a unique insight in to the way of life and history of an island.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 17 Oct 2011
ISBN 9781841583693
Number of Pages 272

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