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Title: The Brahan Seer : the making of a legend, c1570-2001
Author: Sutherland, Alexander Mackenzie
ISNI:       0000 0001 2412 2983
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2005
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This thesis traces the legend of the Brahan Seer between the sixteenth and twenty-first centuries. It considers the seer figure in relation to aspects of Highland culture and society that shaped its development during this period. These include the practice and prosecution of witchcraft; the reporting of and scientific investigation of instances of second sight; and the perennial belief in and use of prophecy as a means of predicting events. In so doing the thesis provides a set of historicised contexts for understanding the genesis of the legend and how it changed over time. It also makes a contribution to the debates about not only witchcraft, second sight and prophecy but also the relationship between 'popular' and 'elite' culture in Scotland. By taking the Brahan Seer as a case study it argues that 'popular' culture is not antithetical to 'elite' culture but rather in constant (and complex) interaction with it.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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