Morvern: A Highland Parish

by Norman MacLeod

Morvern: A Highland Parish

Morvern – A Highland Parish is a stoic book with humaneness at its heart, encapsulating forgotten traditions and humour, recapturing the vitality of a past community often overlooked.

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‘One of the most refreshing and delightful books which can anywhere be found’ – Scotsman

There must be very few corners left in the British Isles against whose picturesque and historical background so many dramas and epic tales have been played, but yet which so little has been documented. Such a place is Morvern – a roughly triangular-shaped peninsula lying west of Fort William and at the foot of the Great Glen. Immortalised by James MacPherson (as the home of Ossian, the Heroic Fingalian warrior), Tennyson and Scott, it is now a remote and little known part of what was Argyll lost in the anonymity of the Highland region.

Morvern  A Highland Parish (first published as Reminiscences of a Highland Parish) was so popular from its first appearance in 1867 that it went through many editions.

The value of Norman Macleod’s book today lies in its encapsulation of the past, its humour, its evocation of the scenery of Morvern and surroundings, and its specific appreciation of the remarkable natural intelligence and concern for humanity. It speaks of Morvern, but describes a whole breed of West Highlanders. Even more importantly it clarifies the Highlander’s own view of the Clan, a very necessary exercise at a time when notions of what a Clan is are romantically distanced from reality.

Due to political correctness, the names and places were substituted when the book was first published. These have been reconstructed by Iain Thornber, who has lived in Morvern for many years, in this new and updated edition, which also includes detailed notes on all aspects of the text, lists of names for those seeking ancestors and many unpublished photographs, family trees and maps.

Norman MacLeod belonged to the most famous family of ministers in Scotland – the MacLeods of Fiunary – which has now given more than 550 years of ordained service to the Church. It has produced no less than six Moderators of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, seven Doctors of Divinity, two Deans of the Chapel Royal, two Deans of the Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Thistle and four Royal Chaplains.

ISBN: 9781912476138

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Birlinn Limited

Stock status: Published

Categories: Birlinn/Polygon , West Highlands + Islands