SCOTLAND’S NORTH-WEST FRONTIER --- Where did it all start?
“Ever since childhood I have been fascinated by the past with its stories, personalities and remains in the landscape. The seed for this book was first planted when I became the next guardian of an old family manuscript, known to Highland historians as the Iomaire Manuscript. This was written, in English, by an ancestor, who was born only a few decades after the last battle on British soil, Culloden (1746). Indeed his father, when a very young man, fought on the rebel side led by Bonnie Prince Charlie on that fateful day but managed to escape the subsequent bloodshed in the aftermath of comprehensive defeat of the Jacobites by government troops. Roderick of Iomair (Ruairidh an Iomaire) farmed on Loch Carron-side in Wester Ross, and his manuscript, carefully preserved down the generations, tells the story and genealogies of his clan in Lochalsh, the peninsula which points into the western seas towards the Skye Bridge and the Isle of Skye. The original manuscript has now been archived at the National Library of Scotland.
“My research over many years into the historical circumstances behind Roderick’s story has led to this book, Scotland’s North-West Frontier, a narrative history of the North-West Highlands between Fort William and Cape Wrath (1200-2000) set against the backdrop of Scottish and British history. It turned out to be a gripping tale – of a crumbling Scoto-Norwegian frontier in the west of Scotland, of mighty medieval Gaelic lords, and of clan rivalry and warfare. Indeed it took centuries before this far-off region became an integral part of modern Britain.
“The West Highlands have always had a special resonance for me because of its distinctive and tumultuous history, allied with dramatic and constantly changing scenery. The photograph of the head of Loch nan Uamh (Loch of the Cave, pronounced as Loch nun ooer) is a good example showing fine scenery with a train crossing the concrete viaduct built at the end of the 19th century. Yet this remote sea loch has an unexpected past for it was here that Bonnie Prince Charlie landed to begin the 1745 Rising and from here that he later departed for France, leaving Scotland for ever after many months on the run in the north-west. It was here too that the last naval engagement in British waters between surface vessels took place. Two large French privateers, bringing cash and weapons for the Jacobite cause, were attacked in the sea loch by three smaller ships of the British Navy. After six hours exchanging broadsides the British withdrew, leaving the French to make hasty repairs and retreat to France. This region may be a quiet backwater today, but in the mid 18th century Loch nan Uamh and the old North-West Frontier were at the centre of British politics!”
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Alister Farquhar Matheson was born on 16th March, 1941 and brought up and educated in Edinburgh. After graduating with his first degree from the University there, he spent several years working in the chemical industry in Manchester before emigrating to Canada to take up a scholarship at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After obtaining his doctorate, Alister worked in a research centre in Ontario before returning to the UK. During his varied career he has written, or contributed to, papers on research, technical and marketing subjects on both sides of the Atlantic. Early retirement at the end of the millennium provided the opportunity to follow his interests and hobbies, including history, photography and rambling. Currently a volunteer advice worker with Citizens’ Advice, the author lives with his wife in Richmond, North Yorkshire.