A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800-1900 by Graeme Morton, Trevor Griffiths

By Graeme Morton, Trevor Griffiths

The authors discover the political, spiritual, and highbrow personality of Scottish lifestyles, during which the extreme impinged at the traditional.

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In this respect, the population history of this period is not entirely a straightforward story of migration from the rural environment to the urban one (or abroad); there was also a degree of population redistribution within the rural environment. This period also witnessed the abandonment of farms, which in 1769 were present above the road on Loch Tayside. At the end of the 1790s there was a wholesale re-allocation and redefinition of ‘lots’ and a concomitant expansion into land previously used as outfield, mainly above the road, which had been cultivated only intermittently.

44 Journal of My Life and Everyday Doings, 1879–81, 1885–92, James Wilson, farmer in Banffshire, P. ) (Edinburgh, 2008), p. 315 (30 November 1889). 45 G. MacGregor, The History of the Burke and Hare Trials and of the Resurrectionist Times (Glasgow, 1884); D. A. Symonds, Notorious Murders, Black Lanterns, & Moveable Goods: the Transformation of Edinburgh’s Underworld in the Early Nineteenth Century (Akron, 2006). 46 Address to the Inhabitants of Edinburgh on the necessity of removing the causes of crime which now disgrace the city, Edinburgh (Edinburgh, 1832), p.

52 Some of these 18 Trevor Griffiths and Graeme Morton claims are accessible, some less so; some are fixed, some are fluid; some are projected back upon ourselves from afar. From this basis Morton suggests there is insight to be gained by shifting the historical gaze away from ethnicity or heightened moments of commemoration towards the everyday projection and reception of identity claims. Such evidence can be unearthed as the Scots managed their society in a period of sometimes jarring and incessantly uneven change.

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