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Land, Faith and the Crofting Community: Christianity and Social Criticism in the Highlands of Scotland 1843-1893

Allan W. MacColl


This book probes the deep-rooted links between the land, the people, and the religious culture of the Scottish Highlands and Islands in the nineteenth century. The responses of the clergy to the social crisis that enveloped the region have often been characterised as a mixture of callous indifference, cowering deference, or fatalistic passivity. The book's research challenges such stereotypical representations of Highland ministers head-on. The book examines Christian social teaching in the nineteenth-century Gaidhealtachd and addresses a major gap in the historical understanding of Gaelic soc ... More

Keywords: Scots Highlands, Scottish Islands, clergy, social crisis, Highland ministers, Christian social teaching, nineteenth-century Gaidhealtachd, Gaelic society, Highland Christians, land reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623822
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan W. MacColl, author