English language book.
‘John Macintosh Mathieson’s memoir begins in the streets of Glasgow and by way of Mull of Kintyre proceeds to the straths and bays of Kilmuir. Through his eyes and ears he tells us about his people: his family, his cousins, and the unforgettable folk he grew up with’
‘Scotland needs more biographies of her people. The perfect blend is achieved when a subject personifies the best of oral tradition, of school learning and of university tuition. John MacIntosh Mathieson, born in Glasgow, raised and educated bilingually in Skye and a graduate and academic prize-winner from Edinburgh University, had a superlative career in education being the first Headmaster of the pioneering Millburn Academy in Inverness. His retirement in New Zealand brought friendship with another expatriate Scot, William J. Turner, and it is to that insightful and resourceful veterinarian that we owe this magnificent editing of J.M. Mathieson’s own unfinished personal history. The result is a magisterial narrative that is as assured and scholarly as it is readable. Scotland is much the better for this book’ – Norman Macdonald, Portree, Isle of Skye.
Published with financial support from URRAS AN EILEIN and the Glasgow Skye Association.