9781841580524

Country Bairns

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  • ISBN13:

    9781841580524

  • ISBN10:

    184158052X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-11-01
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd

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Summary

This is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of children in the Scottish countryside from the turn of the century until the onset of the Second World War and the great changes that occurred after it, which altered irrevocably, life in the countryside. In their own words, the children of crofters from the Western Isles tell their stories beside those of the more prosperous Lowland or North-East farmers and farm workers. They tell of their daily life and routines, their relationships with their parents, and their various roles in winning a living from the land. The result is a richly textured account of childhood in Scotland, providing a commentary on the social and economic forces that limited and propelled these young lives, putting a new and human perspective on the life of the Scottish countryside.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgements x
Introduction xii
Scottish Society and Country Bairns
1(14)
Children in Crofting Communities
15(53)
The Economic Context
15(7)
The Cultural Context
22(5)
The Household
27(8)
Interviews with Children of Crofting Families
35(33)
Farm Servants' Children
68(78)
The Economic Context
73(8)
The Cultural Context
81(7)
The Household
88(11)
Interviews with Children of Farm Servants
99(47)
Farmers' Children
146(55)
The Economic and Cultural Context
146(13)
The Household
159(13)
Interviews with the Children of Farmers
172(29)
Conclusion
201(18)
Appendix One Getting the Information 219(10)
Appendix Two Interviewees and their Working History 229(5)
References 234(7)
Index 241

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