Scotland: An Intimate Portrait

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1990 - Travel - 276 pages
Now a modern classic, "Scotland: An Intimate Portrait" is an introduction to the soul of Scotland for the millions who have visited this enchanting land and come away wanting to know more than the guidebooks tell us. With wit and warmth, Geddes MacGregor examines his homeland's traditions, history, eccentricities, and contradictions, offering a portrait of Scotland as only a native can. Golf, kilts, clans, tartans, whisky, and other things quintessentially Scottish are described in loving detail. There are sections on local speech, literature and songs, kings and queens, religion, education, and nationalism.
 

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Contents

Atmosphere and Character
1
Scotlands Story in Outline
14
Kilt Clan Tartan and Bagpipe
38
Golf Dances Sports and Highland Games
51
Education
63
Religion
77
Edinburgh
88
Other Cities
110
Literature and Song
189
Scottish Nationalism
211
The Homeland and Diaspora
225
APPENDIX A Some Gaelic and Norse Elements in Scottish PlaceNames
237
B Sovereigns of England and Scotland
239
Important Dates in Scottish History
242
Some Annual Events
244
E Heraldic and Miscellaneous Notes
248

Some Scenic Glories and the National Trust
134
The Islands
151
Ghosts Monsters and Other Ferlies
166
The Varieties of Local Speech
178
F Cuisine
251
APPENDIX G Whisky
254
Index
265
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