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Written about the life lived in a small village with an extensive hinterland in Dumfriesshire in South West Scotland just before the dawn of the 20th Century. The book is a collection of writings and memoirs of one James Shaw who was the schoolmaster at Tynron,near Moniaive. The work is edited by an ex-pupil and close friend of Shaw who became a professor of Agriculture and Rural Economy at Edinburgh University.
Shaw has a lot more to say than just describing his life,and is always interesting. Some of the writings and quoted verse are very 'Victorian' to be sure but a way of understanding such a simple time is gleaned from stories of local people and events.
For people who know the area of Scotland described, it is doubly interesting of course,but has something for everyone to enjoy,despite a somewhat odd presentation and editing style. Makes a good read and could well do with republishing with modern reflections and analysis.

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