Margaret Leigh

Author

Margaret Leigh was the author of Driftwood and Tangle, Spade Among the Rushes, Highland Homespun, Harvest of the Moor and MyKingdom for a Horse. She was born in London in 1894, the cousin of novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the daughter of an Oxford don. Herchildhood was spent wandering Europe and beyond for her father’s health, and following his death she became a governess, teacher anduniversity lecturer. In what would become a life-long habit, Margaret changed tack dramatically and turned to agriculture to support herself andher mother, studying the subject and working farms and crofts, most notably in the north west of Scotland. She died in 1973.

Margaret Leigh was the author of Driftwood and Tangle, Spade Among the Rushes, Highland Homespun, Harvest of the Moor and MyKingdom for a Horse. She was born in London in 1894, the cousin of novelist Dorothy L. Sayers and the daughter of an Oxford don. Herchildhood was spent wandering Europe and beyond for her father’s health, and following his death she became a governess, teacher anduniversity lecturer. In what would become a life-long habit, Margaret changed tack dramatically and turned to agriculture to support herself andher mother, studying the subject and working farms and crofts, most notably in the north west of Scotland. She died in 1973.

Books

  • £7.99

    One of very few books available on Moidart in the north-west of Scotland, it evokes the enchanted, magical beauty of this much-loved area of the country. Margaret Leigh was already a successful author when her longing for freedom and independence...

  • £9.99

    In May 1933 Margaret Leigh took over the tenancy of Achnabo farm, in a beautiful corner of the West Highlands overlooking the isle of Skye. In this unsentimental yet exquisitely written book, she recounts a year of farming life there, from the...

  • £9.99

    Driftwood and Tangle is a moving and poignant memoir of life in the north-west of Scotland just after the outbreak of the Second World War. Margaret Leigh recounts the years she spent in Wester Ross, Moidart, Coigeach and Barra as a crofter, an...