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- DescriptionThe Moray Firth is the large triangle of sea that cuts into the rth-east of Scotland. The Vikings called it Breioafjoor, and to the Gaels it is Linne Mhoraibh. Once a centre of Pictish power it became with its adjoining coasts a contested region, as Gaels, Norsemen, Norman knights, royal dynasties and clan warlords fought to win control of its fertile soil, its grain and its timber, its cattle and its fish, while burgh merchants struggled to maintain trade links with the rest of Britain and Europe. In this struggle influences from the south prevailed to create the complicated conjunction between Highland and lowland that colours the region to this day. Now the Firth lands are a test-bed for the ecomies of the future - renewable energy from wind farms, green tourism (the Firth is home to the world's most rtherly population of bottlese dolphins), and the sustainable exploitation of natural resources. In this sweeping, fast-paced account of the Firth over the last two thousand years, James Miller explores how the great shifts in Scottish history and culture have impacted on its shores and its peoples, and how time has acted to gather disparate heritages into one.
- Author BiographyJames Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working abroad and in London he returned to the north of Scotland to work as a full-time writer. His previous books published by Birlinn include Swords for Hire, The Dam Builders and The Foresters. He lives near Inverness.
- Author(s)James Miller
- PublisherBirlinn General
- Date of Publication17/09/2012
- SubjectNatural History: General
- Place of PublicationEdinburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBirlinn Ltd
- Content Noteb/w illustrations throughout
- Width190 mm
- Height240 mm
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