Yeah, sure. I suppose there’s parallel things going on at this point so there’s ... As there’s been quite a lot of migration from the Highlands, for various reasons, to urban areas in Scotland after the middle of the nineteenth century, you get a development of kind of cultural and regional associations. So like the Glasgow Islay Association or the Edinburgh Lewis Association and things like this. Certainly initially these were just cultural. They’re meeting for suppers and talking maybe about poetry or about ... Certainly non-political discussions. And in a few cases during the late 70s you get a few ... you might say younger but, anyway, more radical or challenging Highlanders in urban areas who try to bring the agenda to a more political point in these urban associations. And there’s trouble, for example, in Inverness where the Gaelic Society of Inverness doesn’t want to discuss political events and in the late 70s there’s a federation of Celtic societies formed where a lot of these urban associations try to present a unified voice on various subjects. Sometimes it’s to do with issues such as the Gaelic census and they’re very interested in the Gaelic language but certainly land reform and the relationship between landlords and tenants comes onto the agenda by people, possibly influenced by John Murdoch, the veteran land reformer.

  • Andrew Newby
Thursday 29th April 2010