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Title: To travel by older ways : a historical-cultural geography of droving in Scotland
Author: Lowdon, Richard Edward
ISNI:       0000 0004 5347 5536
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2014
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Taking critical inspiration from A.R.B. Haldane’s pioneering work on The Drove Roads of Scotland, this thesis explores the routes, movement and lively cultural geographies of Scotland’s droving trade. Tracing the journey of a typical drove from the Scottish Highlands, over dangerous river and sea crossings, to the great trysts at Falkirk and Crieff, this thesis examines the embodied intimacies, situated knowledges and mutual understandings developed between herdsmen and their cattle en route. In an effort to augment and enliven a longstanding, but frequently overlooked, ‘shire’ tradition of local landscape research, this thesis places specific emphasis on the personal encounters, skilled practices and cultural exchange which took place between herdsmen and other mobile social groups at key strategic sites such as drovers’ inns, cattle stances and markets. Furthermore, I examine how agrarian ‘improvement’, the introduction of tolls and turnpikes, and the enclosure of drove routes and stance sites, confined and restricted the drovers’ movement, transforming them from valued components of the Scottish economy into mobile ‘outsiders’ whose practices, customary privileges and association with animals rendered them increasingly ‘out of place’ in Scotland’s ‘modern’ commercial landscape.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: G Geography (General)