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Travels in the Western Hebrides

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From 1782 to 1790

by Revered John Lane Buchanan

In 1793, the Reverend Buchanan published a searchingly full and controversial account of his time spent in Harris and other parts of the Outer Hebrides, including St Kilda, as Missionary Minister. Including many first-hand descriptions of the fauna and flora, perhaps his most interesting observations are on the people, their housing, social behaviour and customs, their talents, religious and educational prospects, and their harsh experiences in making a livelihood in an unfavourable climate and social structure. This is a new publication of the original book, with an introduction by Dr Alasdair Maclean.


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