The Crofter and the Laird

The Crofter and the Laird

John McPhee


When John McPhee back to the island of his ancestors―Colonsay, twenty-five miles west of the Scottish mainland―a hundred and thirty-eight humans have been residing there. approximately 80 of those, crofters and farmers, had familial histories of unbroken place of abode at the island for 2 or 300 years; the remaining, together with the English laird who owned Colonsay, have been "incomers." Donald McNeill, the crofter of the name, was once figuring out his lifestyles during this final area of the feudal process; the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in bathtub, seemed on Colonsay almost always in the summertime, and permitted with nonchalance the truth that he was once the least well known guy at the island he owned. whereas evaluating crofter and laird, McPhee supplies readers a deep and wealthy portrait of the terrain, the historical past, the legends, and the folks of this fragment of the Hebrides.

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