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  • Published: 8 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780570174
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

Roots of Stone

The Story of those who Came Before

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Roots of Stone is a passionate tapestry, weaving the story of Scotland with the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. This fascinating sweep over two thousand years of Scotland's past blends with a true family story stretching back over these same two millennia in a spellbinding fusion of history and memoir. This is an exploration of the Scottish identity through actual tales of the author's forebears - tales drawn from royal bloodline and from crofting hearth, tales of high drama and of quiet everyday satisfactions. Mackays and MacDonalds tread most heavily across these pages, but they are far from alone. Munros, MacDougalls, Murrays and dozens of other clans and families also feature.

Kenneth MacAlpin, Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Alexander 'Wolf of Badenoch' all have a place in the tapestry. The dreadful deeds of the Wicked Earls of Orkney are laid bare, but counterbalanced by the work of those famous healers, the Beatons. Stepping closer to the present day, the human tragedy of the Clearances becomes all-consuming.

Poets, pipers and poachers play their part, as do dukes and drovers, their tales unfolding within evocatively described landscapes and ancient places of power. The castles and mountains are hauntingly illustrated and the tale is enhanced by the inclusion of two rare piping compositions and some words by the great Gaelic bard Rob Donn.

More than anything else, Roots of Stone is the story of all the ones who came before, those who can still be felt in the blood at times when deep emotion is stirred.

  • Pub date: 8 April 2011
  • ISBN: 9781780570174
  • Imprint: Mainstream Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 192

About the Author

Hugh G. Allison

Hugh Allison was born in 1960 and has worked in the tourism industry and for the Highland Council. Following a period working in the US in 2000, he is now employed by the National Trust for Scotland. He is married with two children.

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Praise for Roots of Stone

“A rich tapestry is weaved here, combining a broad sweep of his beloved Scottish history with the personalised family account. The canvas conveys both breadth and depth. An absorbing and invigorating read; indeed, one to happily lose yourself in”

Charles Kennedy MP

“A rich blend of history and memoir . . . interesting characters and fascinating stories”

Historic Scotland

“Everything comes back to the land and the people. [Allison] artfully encapsulates the marriage of the universal and the intimate”

Daily Mail

“'[Allison] brings alive the ancient craft of the storyteller . . . some finely crafted phrases make it a good read'”

Press and Journal

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