Custom and Conflict in 'The Land of the Gael'

Ballachulish, 1900-1910

Author(s): KIRK, Neville
ISBN13/Barcode: 9780850365702
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Between 1902 and 1905 the Scottish community of Ballachulish, near Glencoe, was shaken to its foundations by protracted and bitter conflicts: a twelve month quarry lock-out and a dispute over the employment of Lachlan Grant, a doctor supported by the community.

Conflicts between the quarrymen, the local community and the Slate Quarry employers concerned issues of wages, working and living conditions, but were much wider and broader. They involved a spectrum of concerns, a sturdy fight for principles and ‘rights’, for influence over decisions affecting the welfare of neighbours, friends and co-workers.

Labour Leader, wrote of unique events: men living under conditions and traditions that usually foster instinctive deference to the powers that be, achieved recognition for a union of the ‘new’ type embracing all grades of quarrymen.


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Between 1902 and 1905 the Scottish community of Ballachulish, near Glencoe, was shaken to its foundations by protracted and bitter conflicts: a twelve month quarry lock-out and a dispute over the employment of Lachlan Grant, a doctor supported by the community. Conflicts between the quarrymen, the local community and the Slate Quarry employers concerned issues of wages, working and living conditions, but were much wider and broader. They involved a spectrum of concerns, a sturdy fight for principles and ‘rights’, for influence over decisions affecting the welfare of neighbours, friends and co-workers. Labour Leader, wrote of unique events: men living under conditions and traditions that usually foster instinctive deference to the powers that be, achieved recognition for a union of the ‘new’ type embracing all grades of quarrymen. Kirk unearths events that have barely figured in recent published records. He highlights a range of experiences and loyalties: the features of the community and workplace; their nature and chronology; successes, failures and compromises and the wider historical and historiographical significance, and ways in which the actions and beliefs carry implications for the wider study of modern social protest movements. This study will appeal to readers with an interest in Social, Labour and Scottish history, and to students across the humanities and social sciences. “The book overall makes highly impressive use of these colourful episodes, offering an important contribution to the social scientific study of history. Its particular success is in drawing attention to the survival into the twentieth century of the moral economy in the organisations of the labour movement” Scottish Historical Studies

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ISBN13/Barcode 9780850365702
ISBN10 0850365708
Author KIRK, Neville
Binding Hardback
Date Published 28 Jun 2007
Frequency No
Report Date N/A
Pages 172
Publisher Merlin Press

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