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In Lost Argyll, Marian Pallister looks not only at the lost architectural heritage of Argyll but also at its lost industries, ferries, roads, bridges and archaeological monuments. Poltalloch House, for example, built in the 1840s as a monument to commerce and investment, lies ruinous, its owners having stripped it of its roof to avoid paying crippling rates; Campbeltown once bristled with distilleries until a cocktail of economic factors left it with only two whilst others have been subsumed into the modern townscape; little remains of even the jetties atLoch Awe and West Loch Tarbert, two of the busiest waterways in times past.
This largely rural county has seen its fair share of forts, castles and mansions rise and fall. Some were destroyed in battle; others simply lost the financial battle to remain standing in the face of increasing taxation. Vernacular architecture has also disappeared: the houses of the fishermen and those in agricultural settlements crumbled in the wake of depredations, clearances, afforestation and government demands on landlords to house tenants in fitting conditions.
In this fascinating yet poignant study, Marian Pallister introduces the many varied aspects of lost Argyll, showing how ancient and even relatively modern landscapes have changed inexorably, often with little thought for conservation or preservation.
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Marian Pallister has worked as a feature writer and commentator covering social issues in Scotland and round the world, particularly in disaster and war zones. She previously taught journalism at Napier University and is currently tutor in English subjects at Argyll College. She also founded the Mhuthanzia Lilanda Initiative, a charity which supports the education of vulnerable young people in Zambia.Review:
provides a wealth of illustration mixed with archival material and local knowledge to give a thorough look at the cultural heritage lost in Argyll throughout the ages (Miller's Antiques)
helps to record a way of life that might otherwise have vanished without a trace in this ever-changing world (Scottish Field)
full of fascinating insights (The Herald)
full of fascinating insights' (The Herald)
helps to record a way of life that might otherwise have vanished without a trace in this ever-changing world' (Scottish Field)
provides a wealth of illustration mixed with archival material and local knowledge to give a thorough look at the cultural heritage lost in Argyll throughout the ages' (Miller's Antiques)
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Book Description Birlinn, 2016. Paperback. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB1780274173