‘Macdonald had the victory but the governor had the printer’: Harlaw and the lordship of the Isles

October 2, 2023

By: Iain G. MacDonald

In beginning this article it seems necessary to reaffirm the truths which William Mackay made in his landmark speech at the last centennial of Harlaw in 1911. Back then, MacKay was challenging the prevailing discourse which presented the clash between the Celtic ‘barbarity’ of the ‘Highlands’ and the Saxon ‘civility’ of the ‘Lowlands’.

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