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Tales of the Morar Highlands
|Paperback, Birlinn Publishers, 176 pp,
Written by respected local historian and member of
the International Clan Donald Forum Alasdair Roberts with an
introduction by Hugh Cheape.
Beyond Fort William, on the road to the Isles, lies
Morar, the 'Highlands of the Highlands' and centre of the 'Rough
Bounds', that wild, desolate, but uniquely beautiful part of
Scotland that was once the homeland of the Clan Macdonald of
Clanranald, Lords of the Isles. Inspired by bards, writers and
images of the past, Alasdair Roberts has collected and revitalised a
huge number of traditional tales which transport the reader to the
heart of this remote and beguiling landscape. "Tales of the Morar
Highlands" is a book packed with extraordinary incident and
remarkable characters, from mysterious loch monsters and fugitive
princes to lords, priests and smugglers, as well as the ordinary
people who have made this fascinating part of Scotland their home
for thousands of years.
Why does it appear in the Clan Donald Bookshop? In
the words of the author ...
"He's writing a history of Morar," said a
neighbour to his sister, and it brought me up short. I do write
Highland history but wasn't thinking of the book in that way at
all. It certainly doesn't start or finish that way, but the
middle chapters - well perhaps. Now that the writing is over I
see there is a wandering feel to it which matches the terrain,
but one thing leads to another. I decided early on that there
would have to be an index for keeping track of places and
people, many of them called MacDonald. . .