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St Kilda

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The author has delved deep into the archives of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge and has been rewarded with some fascinating information about the process of appointing ministers and missionaries and their challenging lives at the edge of the world. Some stayed for many years, others fled as soon as possible. The islanders took the upper hand in some cases and forced the church representatives to leave. At its best the church provided continuity and a fixed point of faith and hope for people living in harsh circumstances. But it was not progressive, nor equipped to withstand the noisy clamour that came with 'civilisation'. Robson also studies the backgrounds to the various writers who had an undue influence in shaping attitudes from about 1870. They were an odd assortment and their opinions were often informed by prejudice and ignorance which then became part of the accepted record. St Kilda didn't have a gifted chronicler like JM Synge whose accounts of life on the Aran Islands were so powerful, and the voices of the islanders themselves are largely silent, although in later years oral history projects captured some memories. Through this book we discover that St Kilda was not very different to the other western isles in its religious practices and working traditions. It was seen as exceptional because of its remoteness, and when it ceased to be quite so remote it became the focus of criticism as being backward and primitive. As with all good historical accounts, this book brings the people (islanders, churchmen and visitors) alive in all their contradictions, strengths and weaknesses. It is a rich contribution to an improved understanding of a fascinating part of the world.

Item details

Author(s):
Robson, Michael
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2005
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0954623843
ISBN-13:
9780954623845
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Islands Book Trust

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The author has delved deep into the archives of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge and has been rewarded with some fascinating information about the process of appointing ministers and missionaries and their challenging lives at the edge of the world. Some stayed for many years, others fled as soon as possible. The islanders took the upper hand in some cases and forced the church representatives to leave. At its best the church provided continuity and a fixed point of faith and hope for people living in harsh circumstances. But it was not progressive, nor equipped to withstand the noisy clamour that came with 'civilisation'. Robson also studies the backgrounds to the various writers who had an undue influence in shaping attitudes from about 1870. They were an odd assortment and their opinions were often informed by prejudice and ignorance which then became part of the accepted record. St Kilda didn't have a gifted chronicler like JM Synge whose accounts of life on the Aran Islands were so powerful, and the voices of the islanders themselves are largely silent, although in later years oral history projects captured some memories. Through this book we discover that St Kilda was not very different to the other western isles in its religious practices and working traditions. It was seen as exceptional because of its remoteness, and when it ceased to be quite so remote it became the focus of criticism as being backward and primitive. As with all good historical accounts, this book brings the people (islanders, churchmen and visitors) alive in all their contradictions, strengths and weaknesses. It is a rich contribution to an improved understanding of a fascinating part of the world.

Author(s):
Robson, Michael
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2005
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0954623843
ISBN-13:
9780954623845
Number of pages:
0
Publisher:
Islands Book Trust

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