A Land that Lies Westward: Language and Culture in Islay and Argyll

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J. Derrick McClure, John M. Kirk, Margaret Cochrane Storrie
J.Donald, 2009 - History - 243 pages
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This is a fascinating collection of new studies by leading scholars on central aspects of the languages, literatures, place-names, culture and history of the Isles of Islay and Jura and along the western seaboard of Argyll. It includes major re-assessments of the nineteenth-century Islay poet William Livingston, and an analysis of the Scots found in the poems of Tarbert poet George Campbell Hay. It describes the Gaelic of Jura and Islay as well as the patterns of place-names. In view of the proximity of these regions to Ulster, there are several fresh accounts of historical, cultural and genealogical exchange and crossover. The book ends with a new appreciation of Orwell's time on Jura.

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Contents

Settlement and Naming in the Southern Hebridean
17
Close Compound Placenames in Ireland and Scotland
48
Close Compounds in Irish Placenames
62
Placenames and Scottish Clan Traditions in NorthEast
79
The Emergence and Early Governance of Argyll
103
The World of William Livingston
149
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About the author (2009)

J. Derrick McClure is the author of Bryght Lanternis: Language and Literature of Mediaveal and Renaissance Scotland, Doric: The Dialect of North-East Scotland, The Edinburgh Companion to Scots, and Scots and Its Literature. He is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. John M. Kirk is a senior lecturer in English and Scottish language at Queen’s University in Belfast. Margaret Storrie is the editor of the National Scottish Archives and a former professor of geography at Queen Mary University in London. She lives on the island of Islay.

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