The Crofter and the Laird Life on an Hebridean Island John McPhee wrote this in during the course of a stay in Colonsay the home of his forebears He put his children into the local school and lived quietly recording his experiences in this blend

  • Title: The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island
  • Author: John McPhee
  • ISBN: 9781899863242
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Paperback
  • John McPhee wrote this in 1969, during the course of a stay in Colonsay, the home of his forebears He put his children into the local school and lived quietly, recording his experiences in this blend of anthropology and art, capturing the tensions which both support and threaten a small community.

    Crofting Crofting Within the th century townships, individual crofts are established on the better land, and a large area of poorer quality hill ground is shared by all the crofters of Crofter Define Crofter at Dictionary Slaves at least represented so much money but the crofter was and is less valuable to the laird than his sheep and his deer Our Journey to the Hebrides Joseph Pennell and Elizabeth Robins Pennell If not, Crofter might still hang on to the reins and claim his doubtful rights. Crofter definition of crofter by The Free Dictionary crofter krf t r, kr f n Chiefly British One who rents and cultivates a croft a tenant farmer crofter kr ft n Agriculture Brit an owner or tenant of a small farm, esp in Scotland or northern England croft er kr f t r, kr f n Brit a person who rents and works a small farm, esp in Scotland or N England The Crofter and the Laird John McPhee Macmillan Donald McNeill, the crofter of the title, was working out his existence in this last domain of the feudal system the laird, the fourth Baron Strathcona, lived in Bath, appeared on Colonsay mainly in the summer, and accepted with nonchalance the fact that he was the least popular man on The Crofter, Fort William Restaurant Reviews, Phone Apr , The Crofter, Fort William See unbiased reviews of The Crofter, rated of on TripAdvisor and ranked of restaurants in Fort William. The Crofter and the Laird Life on an Hebridean Island The Crofter and the Laird and millions of other books are available for Kindle Learn Enter your mobile number or email address below and we ll send you The Crofter Home Facebook After years of running The Crofter I had to make the very difficult and heavy hearted decision to close the business I d like to thank all the people customers, Maritime artisans, consignment artisans, and sales people who made the last years such a positive and wonderful experience for Croft land Legislation The Scottish croft is a small agricultural landholding of a type which has been subject to special legislation applying to the Highland region of Scotland since The legislation was largely a response to the complaints and demands of tenant families who were victims of the Highland Clearances. The Crofter Bar and Restaurant The Crofter Bar and Restaurant is a one of a kind entertainment hub located on the Fort William High Street With live screenings of football matches every night, live music, Great quality food with an atmosphere that s unrivalled in Fort William The Croft Downtown The Croft Downtown by Angelic Grove is a wedding and special events venue that is located in the Warehouse District in Downtown Phoenix Here you will discover beautiful settings, personalized service, and dedicated support, creating the ideal location for unforgettable weddings, corporate events, social events and .

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      John McPhee was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and was educated at Princeton University and Cambridge University His writing career began at Time magazine and led to his long association with the New Yorker, where he has been a staff writer since 1965 The same year he published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are, with FSG, and soon followed with The Headmaster 1966 , Oranges 1967 , The Pine Barrens 1968 , A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles collection, 1968 , Levels of the Game 1968 , The Crofter and the Laird 1970 , Encounters with the Archdruid 1971 , The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed 1973 , The Curve of Binding Energy 1974 , Pieces of the Frame collection, 1975 , and The Survival of the Bark Canoe 1975 Both Encounters with the Archdruid and The Curve of Binding Energy were nominated for National Book Awards Selections from these books make up The John McPhee Reader 1976.Since 1977, the year in which McPhee received the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the bestselling Coming into the Country appeared in print, Farrar, Straus and Giroux has published Giving Good Weight collection, 1979 , Basin and Range 1981 , In Suspect Terrain 1983 , La Place de la Concorde Suisse 1984 , Table of Contents collection, 1985 , Rising from the Plains 1986 , Heirs of General Practice in a paperback edition, 1986 , The Control of Nature 1989 , Looking for a Ship 1990 , Assembling California 1993 , The Ransom of Russian Art 1994 , The Second John McPhee Reader 1996 , Irons in the Fire collection, 1997 , Annals of the Former World 1998 Annals of the Former World, McPhee s tetralogy on geology, was published in a single volume in 1998 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1999 The Founding Fish was published in 2002cmillan author johnmc



    2 thoughts on “The Crofter and the Laird: Life on an Hebridean Island

    1. There was a toast among the clans when they banqueted. A clansman would rise, lift a cup, and say, "To the land of the bens and the glens!" And up from the food the faces would move, and every man would roar out, "To the land of the bens and the glens!"Och, a toast to start.Our current President dismisses any evidence which disagrees with his political positions by calling it 'anecdotal'. Sniff. But I live in a world where stuff trumps theory.* I learn from stuff, from passed-down legends, and t [...]

    2. I need more like this. MacPhee’s accounts work by dream logic—which is the inverse of nonsense. A sentence may seem not to lead to its successor, and yet there’s no other sentence that could take the next one’s place. Subject matter changes from geography to myth to history to local finance to weather page by page, and yet the evolution of concepts feels clear even though there’s no connective tissue visible. There’s no overarching argument, no bullet list of takeaways, and yet for a [...]

    3. A croft is less than a farm, only forty acres. The laird is the owner, in this case the owner of the entire island of Colonsay. Hear it from one of the islanders, "Some crofters don't work their crofts. They have a cow, a few sheep. That is all. My father was always one for working the croft. When I took it over, I kept it going. It's not right to let the land be neglected. I'm quite happy here. I make out, so long as the shore's handy and such like. But if you expect many things in life, crofti [...]

    4. Clan McPhee essentially came to an end on their home of Colonsay Island when the last clan chief was killed by rival clan MacDonald sometime before the fateful Battle of Culloden in 1746 when the assembled Highland clans were defeated by the English and the clans outlawed and permanently scattered. Colonsay is one of the Inner Hebrides, a small island of only seventeen square miles and now hardly more than 100 people 25 miles off the west coast of mainland Scotland. It is owned by the “Laird, [...]

    5. “What is said in these places will frequently include a high proportion of factual incorrectness, but truth and fiction often seem to be riding the same sentence in such a way that the one would be lonely without the other.”John McPhee - an American writer and descendant of the Clan McPhee - visited his ancestral homeland of Colonsay (one of the Hebridean islands) in the summer of 1969; and this book (history, geography, travelogue and tall tales from the pub) resulted from his time there. I [...]

    6. This book is the one I always recommend to folks who've never read John McPhee. Short and lyrical, a lovely introduction to his writing.

    7. A slim book that tells the story of the crofter/laird relationship in Scotland through one island village, that happens to be where McPhee's family originated. He goes there as a writer with a wife and small children and tells the crofter/laird dynamic from both perspectives--those that work the land and the man that owns the land they work. From that end, the book is entertaining and informative, but in McPhee's eyes it is as if there were no women or children on this island, not his own wife a [...]

    8. Not even Sir Walter Scott could exaggerate the romantic beauty of that lake and mountain country penetrated by fjords that came in from the seas that were starred with islands.- John McPheeI expected something like a coherent description of life on a Hebridean island from beginning to end, perhaps sprinkled with comparisons to life in America and the author’s realisation that life on that island was heaven, or something of that sort. What I got was a collection of stories about the people on C [...]

    9. I really enjoy John McPhee's work, and the first couple of chapters in this book were engaging, but then--not so much. It may, in fact, be a very true-to-life depiction of the Scots world now, but that's why I visit rather than live there.

    10. Fantastic, my new favourite non-fiction writer. Obscenely clean and balanced writing that puts you in the middle of a real place.

    11. I was going to re-read this for our trip to Colonsay in April. My impression after reading it was that things probably haven't changed all that much on the island since 1970. The people are still resourceful and hold multiple jobs around the island. They are still vastly outnumbered by the ghosts of former inhabitants and by the 'nearly sixteen hundred place names' on Colonsay.It's easy to forget about the present in a place like Colonsay and get immersed in the past -- fantastically vivid in a [...]

    12. I was hitch-hiking on the isle of Mull, the Hebrides, in the middle of May when a young couple gave me a lift. After exchanging views on interesting books, I was advised to read "The Crofter and the Laird" by John McPhee. So I did. In its own genre I find it a very good book. John McPhee, a staff writer in "The New Yorker" decided to go with his family back to his ancestors tiny island Colonsay, the Hebrides, to live there for a time. This book is extraordinary in its own more or less McPhee-inv [...]

    13. I'm a huge fan of John McPhee and just finished binge watching 57 episodes of Monarch of the Glen, a BBC production which ran from 2000 to 2005. It was marvelous to toggle back and forth between the program and The Crofter and the Laird.

    14. Set in 1969 the author has temporarily moved with his wife and 4 young daughters from New Jersey to his ancestral home of Colonsay. With frankness he describes members of the 138 inhabitants, the gossip, their attitude (and his) to the young laird and the laird's attitude to his tenants. He writes too about the history, the landscape and the myths. [PS: In 2010 the population had dropped to 100 but 5 new crofts had been created for tenants from outside].

    15. Cozy, but stark and a little dry. I think there's a lot more magic in the Hebrides than is here, which might be a reflection of my personal preference. I just think a year runaway to a oceanic island could get a little extra oomph.

    16. This is a fascinating insight into life on Colonsay written with skill, charm and humour. Highly recommended to anyone interested in the life in the Hebrides

    17. Beautifully written and insightful observations of crofting, running small farm in a traditional community on a Scottish island.

    18. McPhee’s Scottish ancestors lived on the Hebrides island called Colonsay, twenty five miles west of mainland Scotland. McPhee, his wife, and their four daughters, ages 2,4,6, and 8 visited the island and lived there for a year. The crofters are the people who lived on Colonsay, and the Laird was the absentee owner and landlord who ruled the island and the hundred and thirty-eight people who lived there, as of 1970 when the book was written. It was a life of old traditions that were fading away [...]

    19. I enjoyed many aspects of this book but have two small issues with it. At times the author goes on and on with examples, giving more than I care to read. The other issue is that one needs to be familiar with more Scottish history and culture than is explained in the book to understand all of it. I didn't have that problem personally, but I know others would. On the plus side, the writing is spot on for objectivity. The information is presented, but not overly embellished or used to persuade the [...]

    20. Very readable but also completely immoral. It is astonishing that the author thought it acceptable to befriend a group of people in order to secretly note down and then share their private conversations, without their knowledge or permission. He even uses their real names, including surnames. A complete betrayal of trust and confidence, and a cowardly invasion of privacy, for the sake of McPhee's own career not very pretty. It is interesting, though, from that very point of view - an insight int [...]

    21. As one of Scottish decent myself, I also have a curiosity about my ancestors & why & how they ended up here in the States. My dad is a huge fan of John McPhee & suggested that I read the 1st chapter of the book (he had just started it) because he thought I'd find it interesting. I did & he didn't get his book back for a few more days. I then proceeded to borrow anotherMcPhee's writing is frequently described as "precise" and detailed, both of which seem apt to me. His sketches of [...]

    22. While on vacation, my friend had a copy of The Paris Review magazine that had an interview with John McPhee about non-fiction writing. I thought he seemed like an interesting person and writer, and when I heard he wrote an account on living with a crofter on a Hebridean island, I had to find it. I have a personal fascination with Scotland and especially the Highlands. Even though McPhee had a distant personal connection to the Isle of Colonsay he did not sentimentalize the Islands/Highlands or i [...]

    23. What a wonderful book. You may have little or frankly no interest in the dwindling fortunes of an island community in the Hebrides, but I'm not sure that matters. You can love it just for the masterful writing. John McPhee is really unmatched when it comes to stringing thoughts together - both on the sentence level, and on the more macro-level of the text. And I love the way he resists stepping back and telling us, in a conspiratorial whisper, "Now here's what's really going on; here's what it a [...]

    24. In the late 1960s, John McPhee ("Coming Into the Country" etc.) went to live for a time on the small Hebridean island of his Scottish ancestors, Colonsay. The resulting book (not really a memoir, since he wastes--if that's the right word--very few words on his own and his family's personal lives and feelings) is a spare, incisive, and starkly beautiful account of the history, culture, economy, and people he meets there. "Crofters" are, for the non-Caledonophiles out there, Scottish farmers who r [...]

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