By T. C. Smout
The 1st smooth historical past of Scottish woodlands, this hugely illustrated quantity explores the altering courting among timber and other people from the time of Scotland's first cost, targeting the interval 1500 to 1920. Drawing on paintings in average technological know-how, geography and historical past, in addition to at the authors' personal examine, it offers an obtainable and readable account that balances social, monetary and environmental elements. commencing chapters describe the early heritage of the woodlands. The booklet is then divided into chapters that ponder conventional makes use of and administration, the impression of outsiders at the pine woods and the oakwoods within the first section of exploitation, and the impression of industrialization. Separate chapters are dedicated to case experiences of administration at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus, and on Skye. (10/1/05)
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Extra resources for A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920
The Great Wood took on an altogether new lease of life in 1848, when the main ingredients of the modern myth were supplied by the Sobieski Stuarts in their best-selling Lays of the Deer Forest. These two brothers (in reality named Allan) were of Anglo-German descent and claimed to be legitimate grandsons of Prince Charles Edward. Even more preposterously, they claimed to be experts in the Gaelic past, and devised a compilation of poetry, aristocratic and romantic hunting stories, alleged clan histories, supposed folklore and natural history.
Nevertheless, there is an important window of opportunity which, if used in time, will now permit the recovery of a good deal that was lost in the twentieth century. It will not be open for long. (d) Replacement of semi-natural wood with exotics after deep ploughing and fertilising. In this case the relics of the old semi-natural wood have been even more thoroughly erased from the landscape, as such traces of the earlier ground flora as might have survived earlier hand-planting would be less likely to survive mechanical working and fertilising.
R. Wickham-Jones, Scotland’s First Settlers (London, 1994), p. 61. 28 10716 EUP Native 31/7/07 9:29 am Page 29 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public: PHIL'S JOBS:10 E XTENT AND CHARACTER OF THE WOODS BEFORE 1500 (analogous to the Dutch elm disease of our own time) or a combination of factors. 24 Equally problematic is the decline of the Scots pine over most of its Scottish range. 1 shows its distribution 6,000 years ago, but later it advanced from its heartland over the now apparently drying peat bogs as far as the north coast of Caithness, and west to Skye, Rum and Lewis (though there never as a dominant tree), and it had even been in Galloway at an earlier period.
A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 by T. C. Smout