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‘Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover’ and Other West Highland Chronicles by Eric R. Cregeen, edited by Margaret Bennett


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 THE BOOK: “Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover” & Other West Highland Chronicles 

Eric Cregeens groundbreaking research into the Argyll Estate Papers and into the oral tradition of the Scottish West Highlands are at the heart of this collection. During his appointment at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies, Cregeen tape-recorded tradition bearers in both Gaelic and English, gathering information that is today priceless, such as the descriptions of the last Argyll drover. He was a founding member of the Scottish Oral History movement, but his tragically early death in 1983 robbed Scotland of a great scholar, social historian and folklorist and of other proposed books. 

This collection, selected and edited by Dr Margaret Bennett, will be welcomed by a wide range of readers, especially those who share Cregeen’s enthusiasm for ‘approaching the history of the Highlands with a mind alert to the claims of oral tradition.’ 

The book begins with a masterful introductory essay by the editor and also includes a comprehensive bibliography of Cregeen’s work. This edition brings invaluable and beautifully written material to a new generation keen to reconnect with Scotland’s Highland history and tradition.


  1. Editorial
  2. Extra-Mural Classes in the West Highlands
  3. Illustrated Extra-Mural Lecture
  4. Recollections of an Argyllshire Drover
  5. Flailing in Argyll
  6. The Tacksmen and their successors: a study of tenurial reorganisation in Mull, Morven and Tiree in the early 18thcentury
  7. Oral Sources for The Social History of the Scottish Highlands and Islands
  8. Oral Tradition and Agrarian History in the West Highlands.
  9. Donald Sinclair: Oral Tradition of Tiree
  10. Donald Morrison: Oral Tradition of Mull
  11. Tiree Bards and their Bardachd
  12. Oral Tradition and History in a Hebridean Island
  13. Tradition and Change in the West Highlands of Scotland
  14. Bibliography of Eric R. Cregeen’s published works

Reference: The Growth of Oral History Movement in Scotland: The Life and Legacy of Eric Cregeen by Margaret Bennett.
Oral History, vol 37 No 1(2009), pp43-51.

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Scottish Customs & Folklore
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  1. Leobhar Gasta 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Oct 2015

    Bha mi gu math toilichte an leobhar seo fhaodainn sa phost an latha bha sin. 'S bochd nach duair Mgr Cregeen greim na b' fheàrr air a' Gháidhlig, ach chòrd na gnothaichean a thog e rium co-thiù, gu sònraichte na bha mun cuairt air Dùghall MacDhùghaill. Tha fiughar agam ris a' chlàr 'hé a chluinntinn cuideachd an ath uair a bhitheas mi ann an Sgoil Eòlais na h-Albann....

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