Leisure and Recreation in an Age of Clearance: The Case of the Hebridean Michaelmas

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A study of the transformations of an interrelated group of calendar customs in the western Scottish Gàidhealtachd during the early modern and modern periods, as a result of specific socio-economic processes, and individual historical events. The paper casts doubt on the sweeping conclusions made by some scholars regarding purportedly recurring patterns of popular belief, ritual practice, or, at a deeper level, 'cosmology'. It lays the ground for further investigation of calendar customs in the region, placing them in a wider European context - this may offer innovative perspectives on socio-economic, religious, and cultural change.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCeltic Cosmology
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from Ireland and Scotland
EditorsJacqueline Borsje, Séamus Mac Mathúna, Ann Dooley, Gregory Toner
PublisherPIMS Publications
Number of pages61
ISBN (Print)978-0888448262
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2014

Publication series

NamePapers in Mediaeval Studies


  • Folklore
  • Ritual
  • Early Modern History
  • Highlands
  • Scottish Gaelic


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