Leaving the Land

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iUniverse, Mar 21, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 488 pages
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The lives of Scottish farmers Jim and Joey Rutherford spanned most of the twentieth century and encompassed great social and economic change. In this memoir, their daughter and author Anne Ewing provides a testament to her parents’ steadfastness to each other and to their family and friends.

With humorous anecdotes, rich details, and images, Leaving the Land shares the heritage of the Rutherfords, who were born during the First World War and married during the Second. From a very modest start, they built up their farming business over thirty-five years, always with an adventurous and enterprising approach. Their personalities combined the thrift and work ethic typical of their generation, with an openness of mind, generosity of spirit, and sense of humour not always associated with the Scottish character.

Not only does Leaving the Land communicate one family’s legacy, but also provides insight into Scottish history and gives commentary on signs of the times such as the socioeconomic trends, the shift from rural to urban living, and the effects of two world wars and the Great Depression. It also serves as a remembrance of lives well lived in a time and place that will soon exist in memory only.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1
3
Chapter 2
9
Chapter 3
18
Chapter 4
28
PART 1 PLOUGHING
43
Chapter 5
45
Chapter 6
57
PART 2 DRILLING
71
Chapter 20
209
Chapter 21
218
Chapter 22
230
Chapter 23
238
Chapter 24
249
Chapter 25
261
Chapter 26
268
Chapter 27
280

Chapter 7
73
Chapter 8
83
PART 3 SEED TIME
99
Chapter 9
101
Chapter 10
110
Chapter 11
120
PART 4 GROWING TIME
129
Chapter 12
131
Chapter 13
139
Chapter 14
148
Chapter 15
155
Chapter 16
166
Chapter 17
177
Chapter 18
183
Chapter 19
195
Chapter 28
288
Chapter 29
305
PART 5 HARVEST
317
Chapter 30
319
Chapter 31
334
Chapter 32
349
Chapter 33
364
Chapter 34
391
Chapter 35
420
Chapter 36
432
Chapter 37
453
EPILUDE THE UNFURROWED FIELD
465
Epilude
467
References
469
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