The Island and Its People
by Jo Currie
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About the Book
This is the story of a Scottish island as it has never been told before. While many books on the Hebrides are a litany of agricultural statistics and population movements, this is the story of the landlords, tacksmen, cottars and others who actually lived on or visited the island of Mull. It is based on research into a vast archive of rarely seen or previously unknown documents, particularly the original correspondence of the principal families, Macleans and Maclaines.
In this book Jo Currie relates how the emigration that led to the disappearance of most of the island's native population during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries did not follow the pattern of clearance seen in other parts of the country. It was instead caused by the long deterioration in relationships between the gentry, the 'half gentry' and commoners and the inexorable forces of economic change during these centuries. This is the first serious history ever written of one of the most beautiful and most visited of Hebridean islands and is the product of fifteen years' research. It is lavishly illustrated with a wealth of previously unpublished pictures.
The result is one of the most important books on Hebridean history yet written, told throughout with humour and masterful characterisation.
Jo Currie now lives in Edinburgh but her ancestors were Mull born and bred Gaelic bards and she is extremely well known on the island. She has worked as a journalist and librarian and has contributed to The Scottish Genealogist. She has published Mull Family Names with Olive Brown and Jean Whittaker in Mull.
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