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Jim Hunter, CBE

Professor Emeritus and Senior Researcher

  • IV25 3HN

    United Kingdom

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20052019

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Research expertise

Jim Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, was the first Director (and first staff member) of the Centre for History where, between 2005 and 2010, his principal task (with much help from others) was to get the Centre up and running. The author of thirteen books about the Highlands and Islands and about the region’s worldwide diaspora, Jim has also been active in the public life of the area. In the mid-1980s he became the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union, now the Scottish Crofting Federation. Between 1998 and 2004 he was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the north of Scotland’s development agency. In the course of a varied career, Jim has also been an award-winning journalist. His latest book, Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances, published by Birlinn and now available in paperback, attracted a Saltire Society award as Best History Book 2016. ‘Rarely have the clearances been written about so evocatively,’ the Saltire panel commented. ‘Hunter’s empathy with those involved speaks to us with elegant restraint in an account that sweeps from the Sutherland straths to the struggles of those forced to seek new lives in North America.’

Jim Hunter’s first book, The Making of the Crofting Community, described by a contributor to Scottish Historical Review as ‘one of the most significant books of its generation’, has been in print for more than 40 years. His other books include A Dance Called America: The Scottish Highlands, the United States and Canada (1994), Last of the Free: A History of the Highlands and Islands (1999), Scottish Exodus: Travels Among a Worldwide Clan (2005) and, From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Tops (2012), an account of the development of community ownership in the Highlands and Island. Professor Hunter was made a CBE in 2001. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2007.

Research links

Prof Hunter sits on the Board of Community Land Scotland – an important lobbying, research and community-based group.

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Research Output

Insurrection: Scotland's famine winter

Hunter, J., 10 Sep 2019, Edinburgh: Birlinn.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Open Access
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  • Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances

    Hunter, J., 1 Sep 2016, Birlinn. 612 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • History: Its key place in the future of the Highlands and Islands

    Hunter, J., 2007, In : Northern Scotland. 27, p. 1-14 14 p., 1.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access

    Prizes

    Highland Book Prize longlisted

    Jim Hunter (Recipient), Dec 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 9 Invited talk

    Talk at Inverness Town House

    Jim Hunter (Speaker)
    16 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Keynote address: Celebration of the 1919 Land Settlement (Scotland) Act conference

    Jim Hunter (Speaker)
    26 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Talk and book signing at Waterstones' Inverness

    Jim Hunter (Speaker)
    10 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Talk at Picaresque Bookshop, Dingwall

    Jim Hunter (Speaker)
    23 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Talk to Nairn Literary Society, Moray

    Jim Hunter (Speaker)
    22 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Press / Media

    When Moray faced starvation -The Northern Scot

    Jim Hunter

    22/11/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Book festival serves up feast and famine - The Oban Times

    Jim Hunter

    19/10/19

    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Scotland's forgotten rebellion - Scottish Life magazine

    Jim Hunter

    13/10/19

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Thesis

    For Want of Land: A Study of Land Settlement in the Outer Hebrides, Skye and Raasay between the two world wars

    Author: Chambers, P. R., 13 Apr 2013

    Supervisor: Hunter, J. (Supervisor) & Harper, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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    The significance of Highlanders in the development of the Canadian West

    Author: De Lima Hutchinson, C. S., 28 Jun 2008

    Supervisor: Hunter, J. (Supervisor) & Harper, M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)

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