MACDONALD, Lachlan of Skeabost

The Past and Present Position of the Skye Crofters


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Publisher: Printed by Bell and Bain printers, Glasgow.

Year: 1886

Edition: First

Format: Hardback

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Scarce publication, privately printed and bound in half leather on boards. Lachlan Mackinnon Macdonald was the owner of Skeabost (later an hotel) and seems to have been regarded as a benevolent landlord. The Celtic Monthly stated: ” LACHLAN MACDONALD, of Skeabost, is deservedly one of the most popular men in the Highlands. Though a landlord, and the owner of an estate
peopled largely by the much abused crofter, he occupies the unique position of being loved by his own people, and his people being envied by their neighbours. The Laird of Skeabost
comes as near as possible to Professor Blackie’s model Highland landlord — a father, a judge, and a counsellor to his people.”

Here he sets out in statistics and statements of accounts the position of the crofters in 1903 and in the period before.

Gift inscription from the author to the Reverend A Macdonald of Killearn with a handwritten letter (tipped in) from the author to the Reverend in which Macdonald refers to plans to give crofters back portions of one of the larger farms which post date publication.

A unique association copy. Some scuffing to leather binding and foxing particularly to early and late pages otherwise VG

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