A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland

A history of the native woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 by TC Smout, AR MacDonald & F Watson. A great overview of how we’ve lived with woodlands over the last several hundred years.

The Gaelic Otherworld

John Gregorson Campbell’s folklore collections of superstitions, beliefs and spirituality from the Gàidhealtachd. ed. Ronald Black.

The Scottish Clearances

The Scottish Clearances: A History of the Dispossessed by T.M. Devine. ‘Takes the reader by the hand through the prickly jungle of clearance and dispossession’

On the Other Side of Sorrow

On the Other Side of Sorrow: Nature and People in the Scottish Highlands by James Hunter. Rich in history and Gaelic songs / poetry.

The Making Of The Crofting Community

The Making of The Crofting Community by James Hunter. This award winning book is an essential introduction to some of the central themes of Scotland’s history

Consider The Lilies

A novel focusing on the experience of one elderly woman facing eviction during the Highland Clearances. A good illustration of Dùthchas.


Maim Slè by Alasdair C Whyte is a creative exploration of the climate emergency and linguistic and cultural extinction. A good illustration of Dùthchas in Mull.

Mull: The Island & Its People

Mull: The Island And Its People by Jo Currie explores the history of the island in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Island Voices

‘Island Voices: Traditions of North Mull’ by Ann MacKenzie has much information about traditional life and some powerful testimonies from the Clearances.

Mull & Iona: A Historical Guide

‘Mull and Iona: A historical guide’ by David Caldwell provides great overview summaries of the prehistory and history before a gazetteer of key archaeological and historic sites.

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