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Isle Martin & Ardmair, North of Ullapool, with Ben Mor Coigach in the distance
(image credit: Donna Williamson)

Created to share The Lairds’ Own Country?, the latest little book by Don Shaw. Researched and written as a labour of love, the majority of any profits will be donated to charity with at least 50% going to the Ullapool Museum. (Please scroll down for purchase options.)

Don grew up in Edinburgh but many of his ancestors came from the Highlands and he has lived and worked in Wester Ross since 1988.

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The Lairds’ Own Country?

This 58 page (A5 size) book takes you on a journey through time as well as landscape, visiting the scenes of important historical moments along the way. Covering themes of: the lairds and factors in their big houses, the resistance and defiance of the people in their big-hearted communities, and the future for land-use.

Featuring: The Kildermorie Resistance 1792; The Elphin & Knockan Resistance 1851; The Coigach Resistance 1852-3; The Assynt Resistance 1873; Barbara Mackay Goes Home to Syre 1901; Jackie Boa remembers 1940s Isle Martin

2020 marked the 200th anniversary of cruel clearances of hundreds of families from Assynt, Strathnaver and Inverlael. Highlighting events – some tragic, others positive – this journey is impressionistic, and is not so much about the beautiful landscape but about the people who belonged, and still belong, to this land.

Following the trail on the included map you’ll start in the 1940s at Isle Martin, north-west of Ullapool, and finish at Leckmelm, east of the village, in 1880.  You won’t go the quick way (only 6 miles) but instead travel around 120 miles – plus detours along the way – via Coigach, Assynt, Strathnaver, Morvich, Dunrobin, Littleferry, Croick, Ardross and Inverlael.

Written as a labour of love for this area of Scotland, its landscapes, its history and its communities. The majority of any profits will be donated to charity, with at least 50% going to the Ullapool Museum.

A5 format, 58 pages, a centrefold map, plus mainly vintage photographic images

1 x Paperback Copy for UK Delivery (TLC)

£4.95 + £1.70 UK p&p

£6.65

2 x Paperback Copy for UK Delivery (TLC)

2 x £4.95 = £9.90 + £2.20 UK p&p

£12.10

1 x Paperback Copy for non-UK Worldwide Delivery (TLC)

£4.95 + £6.00 Royal Mail International Standard p&p

£10.95

1 x PDF Copy by EMAIL (TLC)

£4.00 total

£4.00

If you would like a larger quantity please contact us and we can calculate the correct postage for you.

Also stocked at: The Ceilidh Place Bookshop, Ullapool; Inverbank Newsagents, Lochinver; and Achiltibuie Stores, Achiltibuie.

If you are interested in wholesale pricing to stock copies in your business please contact us to discuss.


feedback for The Lairds’ Own Country?


“It’s a geographical area I don’t know well at all, but by the end I felt I knew a great deal about it. I also felt as though I wanted to visit it and follow the trail and experience it first-hand. It was a fascinating and great read which I thoroughly enjoyed.”

Bob Chambers, Historian & Author

It is engaging, eloquent and leads the reader on. It wasn’t something you would put down and read later and it also encourages the reader on a journey through the book.”

Lucy Beattie, Farmer & Educator

Other Publications

A Hundred Years in Wester Ross: 1900-2000, A Bittersweet Century

A fascinating collection of snippets from the 5 years of publication of the Wester Ross Life magazine, plus much new material as well.

A4 format, 87 pages, with a mix of colour and black/white images.

1 x Paperback Copy for UK Delivery (HWR)

£12.50 + £2.50 UK p&p

£15.00

Limited copies still available, please contact us if you would like multiple books or overseas postage so we can calculate the correct cost for you.


After the Highland Clearances, Reclaiming Lost Lands

Recalling the pioneering Highland land re-settlement schemes of a century ago.

A5 format, 52 pages, with black & white images

1 x Paperback Copy for UK Delivery (ATC)

£2.95 + £1.70 UK p&p

£4.65

Limited copies still available, please contact us if you would like multiple books or overseas postage so we can calculate the correct cost for you.

D Shaw Books

Author & Publisher: Donald Shaw

Creative/Marketing/Sales: Donna Williamson

Please contact us with any questions

 © D L Williamson 2020