From Clan to Clearance: History And Archaeology On The Isle Of Barra C.850-1850 AD

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-01-31
  • Publisher: David Brown Book Co
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This large well-illustrated book is the culmination of fifteen years of historical and archaeological research into the history of Barra and its people from the time of the Vikings to the notorious clearnaces of 1850/51, as revealed by archaeology and hundreds of historical documents tucked away in archives in Scotland, England, Italy and Canada. The book describes the homes and workplaces of the population from Kisimul Castle and Eoligarry House, to the blackhouses and shielings of the ordinary clansmen. It pieces together their way of life, and for the first time uses archaeology to reveal just what it was like to live in a blackhouse. There is also a special study of the township of Balnabodach, one of the most romantic settings in the whole of the Hebrides where on of the most notorious dramas of the Clearances was played out. There is also a chapter by renowned Canadian historian J. L. Bumsted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Barra from the Norsemen to Napoleon (A.D. 871-A.D. 1820)p. 5
The historical archaeology of Barrap. 17
The excavation of historical sites on Barra, Vatersay and Sandrayp. 45
Balnabodach : the history and archaeology of a crofting townshipp. 67
Pottery usage in a crofting community : an overviewp. 111
The rise and fall of the kelping industry in the Western Islesp. 123
General Macneil and Colonel Gordon : collapse and clearance (Barra from 1822 to 1851)p. 139
Emigration from Barra to British North America : 1770-1850p. 155
Epiloguep. 173
A list of Macneils petitioning for land in Cape Breton 1807-1826, not known to be from Barrap. 181
A catalogue of named emigrants from the Isle of Barra to British North America : 1772-1851p. 185
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