A couple of books in adobe reader format will supply
additional information on the agriculture of Scotland.
"Field and Fern" by H. H. Dixon 1868 in
North (35Mb) |
General View of the Agriculture of the Hebrides
by James MacDonald (1818)
Book here! (35Mb)
A General View of the
Agriculture of the Counties of Ross and Cromarty
By George Steaurt MacKenzie (1810) (pdf)
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the
Condition of Crofters and Cottars in the Highlands and Islands.
The commission was set up as a response
to crofter and cottar demonstrations against excessively high rents, lack
of security of tenure on land that had been in families for generations
and the forced evictions of crofters.
The demonstrations started in Wester
Ross and Lewis in the 1870's, and by the early 1880's had moved to Skye.
Local police forces were called upon by the landlords to enforce what they
believed to be their rights. However, with limited resources, the police
found it difficult to cope with the increasing demands put upon them.
Therefore, it became an issue needing the attention of Prime Minister
Gladstone’s government and he ordered the appointment of the commission.
Under the orders of William Gladstone,
and backed by Royal approval, the commission was appointed in 1883, by the
Home Secretary, Sir William Harcourt. Francis Napier, 10th Lord Napier,
was selected as chairman, with five other members - Sir Donald
Cameron of Locheil; Sir Kenneth MacKenzie of Gairloch; Charles
Fraser – MacIntosh MP; Sheriff Alexander Nicolson of Kicudbright and
Professor Donald MacKinnon of Edinburgh university – making up the panel.
The commission began its work in Braes
on the Island of Skye and travelled the length and breadth of the
Highlands and Islands (including Orkney and Shetland) gathering evidence
from crofters, landlords and others who were familiar with the plight of
the indigenous population.
The final report was hastily published
in 1884 and led obliquely to the 1886 Crofters’ Holding Act.
The Napier’s Report is a valuable piece
of documentary evidence from the Highlands and Islands (including Orkney
and Shetland) in 1883, presenting facts and information on the population,
as well as the political, historical and social climate of the time.
The Planter's Guide (pdf)
Or A Practical Essay on the Best Method of Giving immediate effect to
Wood, by the Removal of Large Trees and Underwood; Being an Attempt tp
Place the Art, and that of General Arboriculure, on Fixed and
Phycological Principles; Interspersed with Observations on General
Planting, and the Improvement of Real Landscape. Originally Intended for
the Climate of Scotland. By Sir Henry Steuart
This web site provides information on the
native trees of Britain. [External Link]
By James Bruce (1877) (pdf)
Its practice in the West
Highlands and Islands by F. Fraser Darling (1945)
Appendix to The
General Report of the Agricultural State, and Political Circumstances of
Drawn up for the consideration of the Board of Agriculture and Internal
Improvement under the directions of The Right Hon. Sir John Sinclair,
Bart., The President.
These volumes contain a
great deal of general information about Scotland and are well worth
browsing for their subject content.
Volume 1 |
Volume 2 |
Found 2 of the 3 volumes
of the actual report. If you know where there is a copy of the second
volume please advise.
Volume 1 |
Volume 2 | Volume 3
I am personally interested in how to manage small tracts
of land that can lead to making yourself self sufficient by growing your
own vegetables, fruit, crops as well as animals. There is an old
series of books...
which together can help you build your own wee farm.
10 Acres Enough
What Jethro Tull did to
improve tillage, the author of "Ten Acres Enough" did to prove that
intensified agriculture on small areas could be made not only to support a
family, but to yield a handsome profit, and health, freedom and happiness
as well. It has taken two centuries for the most advanced farmers to
appreciate Tull and his teachings. It has taken nearly half a century in
this progressive age to appreciate and to put in practice, in a feeble
way, the fundamental principles which underlie all our dealings with
Mother Earth as set forth in this modest volume of two hundred pages.
The Crofter in History
By Lord Colin Campbell, son of
George, 8th Duke of Argyll (1885)
Edible Wild Plants
By Oliver Perry Medsger (1939)
The Gaelic Names of Trees, Shrubs and Plants
With notices of some of the uses to which they were put by the old
Highlanders, and the superstitions connected with them.
Gaelic Names of Birds
This paper is by the same person as wrote the above article and lots of
interesting stories are contained within.
General View of the Agriculture
of the country of Fife (1800) (pdf)
An Account of the System of Husbandry
Adopted in the more Improved Districts of Scotland b\y Sir John
Sinclair, Bart. (1812)
The Capercaillie in Scotland
By J A Harvie-Brown (1888)
Book of the Farm
Detailing the Labours of the Farmer, Farm-Steward, Ploughman, Shepherd,
Hedger, Farm-Labourer, Field-Worker, and Cattle-Man by Henry Stephens,
4th Edition (1889)
Being Plain and Practical Directions for the Planting, Rearing, and
General Management of Forest Trees by James Brown, Forester, Arniston
Grasses of Britain
This book also includes the Grasses of Scotland.
The Grocers Encyclopedia
A compendium of useful information concerning foods of all kinds. How
they are raised, prepared and marketed. How to care for them in the
store and home. How best to use and enjoy them and other valuable
information for Grocers and General Storekeepers. By Artemas Ward (1911)
The Old Scottish Ploughman
A story of the old Scottish Ploughman and his working and living
The Edwardian Farm
A video series of running a farm over the course of a year in Edwardian
BBC's Tales from the Green Valley
A farm run by 5 experts as it would have been around 1620 and only using
tools and foods available at that time.
This is a series of videos where Hugh is trying out self sufficiency on
a small holding in Dorset in England.
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Influence of Man on Animal Life in Scotland
A Study in Faunal Evolution by James Ritchie (1920)