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  • Published: 25 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968472
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416
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Scottish Exodus

Travels Among a Worldwide Clan



A ground-breaking and gripping exploration of the Scottish diaspora by renowned historian James Hunter

Millions of Scots have left their homeland during the last 400 years. Until now, they have been written about in general terms. Scottish Exodus breaks new ground by taking particular emigrants, drawn from the once-powerful Clan MacLeod, and discovering what happened to them and their families. These people became, among other things, French aristocrats, Polish resistance fighters, Texan ranchers, New Zealand shepherds, Australian goldminers, Aboriginal and African-American activists, Canadian mounted policemen and Confederate rebels. One nineteenth-century MacLeod even went so far as to swap his Gaelic for Arabic and his Christianity for Islam before settling down comfortably in Cairo.

This gripping account of Scotland's worldwide diaspora is based on unpublished documents, letters and family histories. It is also based on the author's travels in the company of today's MacLeods - some of them still in Scotland, others further afield.

Scottish Exodus is a tale of disastrous voyages, famine and dispossession, the hazards of pioneering on faraway frontiers. But it is also the moving story of how people separated from Scotland by hundreds of years and thousands of miles continue to identify with the small country where their journeyings began.

  • Published: 25 March 2011
  • ISBN: 9781845968472
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 416
Categories:

About the author

James Hunter

James Hunter is the author of a number of books on Scottish history, including Scottish Exodus, A Dance Called America and Skye: The Island. He lives in Beauly, Inverness-shire.

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Praise for Scottish Exodus

Extraordinary . . . no book has gone to these lengths to unpick so many human elements of the diaspora

The Herald

Whatever your surname or origins, Scottish Exodus is a compelling, thoughtful, witty and beautifully written book. It is Hunter's best for at least a decade

The Scotsman

Endlessly fascinating . . . Hunter is at his best when describing the powerful forces in Scotland - hard-times, poor land, high rents, rapacious landlords, two-faced clan chiefs, the prospect of better lives

Sunday Herald

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