There are millions of people whose ancestors originated in the Scottish Highlands, but few reliable guides about the daily lives of the people of this region, their vibrant culture, and their storied history during the era of the clan system.
This book by award-winning scholar Dr. Michael Newton provides keys that unlock the mysteries of Scottish Highland heritage, answering such basic questions as: How did the division between the Highlands and Lowlands emerge in Scotland? Where do Highland surnames come from? What stories did people tell about the origins of clans and how should we interpret them today? How did the clan system really work? How did Highlanders provide food, shelter, and clothing for themselves? What did Highlanders do to commemorate birth, marriage, and death?
These questions and others are answered for a general readership, especially by providing primary sources written by Highlanders themselves that open a window into their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This book is a must-have for all those who want a deeper understanding of Scottish Highland heritage.