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Title: The prose writings of the Reverend Alexander MacGregor, 1806-1881
Author: Kidd, S. M.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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This thesis considers the Gaelic and English prose writings of the Reverend Alexander MacGregor (1806-1881), who was a minister of the Established Church in Kilmuir, Skye, in Edinburgh and latterly in Inverness. Along with the Reverend Dr Norman MacLeod, (Caraid nan Gaidheal) he was one of the most prolific writers of Gaelic prose in the nineteenth century. The thesis includes a catalogue of all his known writings, published and unpublished, numbering 278 separate entries. Although use is made of his writings in English there is a particular emphasis on those written in Gaelic. These writings span the period 1838-1881. The thesis considers the subjects which he chose to write about, the style in which he wrote, and the purpose to which he put his writing. It begins by providing background to the period, biographical information about the writer and discussion of the forms and styles which he used in his writing. A thematic approach is then adopted, considering by chapter, his writings on famine and emigration, slavery, the natural world, Highland folklore, proverbs and moral tales and finally his attitude to the Gaelic language. Account is taken of those influences both from within and outwith the Highlands which moulded his writing, influences such as English language journals, the Victorian ethos of improvement and self-help, the romanticisation of the Highlands, and the impulse to preserve the past. These chapters offer insights into the activities and interests of the Moderate Gaelic-speaking clergyman of the nineteenth century, of whom there were a significant number involved in activities similar to MacGregor, whether as writers of Gaelic prose, collectors of proverbs, or those with an active interest in Highland folklore. His writings shed light on social change in the Highlands in the nineteenth century, from the perspective of a minister whose parishioners experienced famine and emigration in the 1840s.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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