Books

The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland

The Last Stronghold: The Scottish Gaelic Traditions of Newfoundland

The traditions that have come down to us of the Gaelic diaspora of the 18th and 19th century rarely mention Newfoundland. Only in a few anecdotes, attributable to sailors and other travellers, are there hints that a Gaelic community once flourished in that remote land. And since our information was confined to these tantalisingly vague and brief reports, it simply never occurred to us that Gaelic in Newfoundland might actually have survived into our own times. Margaret Bennett’s book has changed.

We are the Engineers!: The Taught Us Skill for Life

We are the Engineers!: The Taught Us Skill for Life

 

 We are the Engineers!:  They Taught Us Skills for Life. Scotland’s labour history has been the subject of many important studies, surveys, articles and books. Some of those published represent the invaluable collection of local groups and amateur historians, while others have been, and are, produced by academics and labour officials. The general expectation, even in Scotland, is that these works should be written in Standard English, regardless of the everyday speech of the workforce. For this publication, however, it seemed more important to transcribe, as recorded, the voices of folk whose vitality of language and expression gives a brighter reflection of their experiences during work and leisure.

 

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