Martyrs

Glendale and the Revolution in Skye

By Roger Hutchinson

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A story which encapsulates all of the troubled Highland 19th century, from clearance to protest to imprisonment to final vindication.

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In the 1830s and 1840s the district of Glendale on the island of Skye was swamped by immigrants cleared from other north Skye estates. The resultant overcrowding and over-use of land caused simmering discontent - not against the incomers, but against the landowners, who regarded their tenants as no more than chattels. This book is a definitive account of what happened when the powder-keg erupted and a full-scale land-war ensued. Pitched battles with police, factors and bailiffs, military intervention, arrests, trials, imprisonment and the personal intervention of the Prime Minister were to have huge consequences for crofters all over the Highlands, who, ultimately, were the victors. At the heart of the rising was a man named John MacPherson of Lower Milovaig in Glendale, a courageous, charismatic and articulate crofter who was twice imprisoned for leading a rebellion against a system which kept all but the wealthiest in a state of bitter servitude. MacPherson quickly became known as 'the Glendale Martyr'. Martyrs tells the story of John MacPherson, his comrades, his allies, his enemies and his final success.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 9 Oct 2015
SKU 9781780273228-grouped
Number of Pages 224

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Roger Hutchinson is an award-winning author and journalist, who has written for, amongst others, the West Highland Free Press, the Scotsman, Guardian, Herald and the Literary Review. He has written a number of bestselling books, including Polly: the True Story behind Whisky Galore, The Soap Man, which was shortlisted for the Saltire Scottish Book of the Year (2004) and Calum's Road (2007), which was shortlisted for the Royal Society of Literature's Ondaatje Prize.

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