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  • Baised on the Glengarry Dialect according to oral information obtained from natives born before the middle of the 19th century.
  • P/B 98 pages, condition is As New, Signed by the author. Farming is probably the oldest industry in the world, and early man would have used a piece of tree branch with a crude point to stir or dig the soil to achieve a suitable mould or tilth to enable seed to germinate better and flourish as a crop. Eventually digging sticks made way for wooden ploughs pulled mostly by oxen, horses, mules, camels and buffaloes. Greeks, Romans, Anglo-Saxons and the Chinese were some of the early innovators in making the ploughs. By the 18th century, ploughs were fitted with cast iron mould boards that turned the soil over more efficiently, and were pulled mainly by horses. Nowadays reversible or one-way ploughs pulled by tractors is the norm for preparing fields for tilling, sowing and planting etc; so giving maximum yields if all things are considered equal. Irrespective of what modern science has done in helping to grow crops to sustain as much of the world's population as possible, the plough still plays the most important part in producing food.
  • This is a vivid account of the social and political history of the language spoken in Lowland Scotland.
  • P/B 120 pages, condition is As New. In the spring and summer of 2007, off the coast of Valencia, the 32nd challenge for the America's Cup will be sailed; possibly yachting's oldest continuously contested trophy, and often referred to in the purple press as 'Yachting's Holy Grail'. It will attract yachts from all over the world with the 12 syndicates involved spending millions of dollars on their boats in an attempt to win the coveted cup. In this challenge, there will be no British yacht taking part. Yet the right to challenge was once regarded as the sole prerogative of sailors from these islands. The English and the Irish competed over the years but in 1887, there was a uniquely Scottish attempt to win the cup. Appropriately, the challenging yacht bore the name Thistle. This is the story of how Scotland became involved in the challenge before the turn of the 19th century, when not only Thistle but also Sir Tommy Lipton's yachts, all named Shamrock, vied for the prize. It also reveals the little known story of the Barr brothers from Gourock, John and Charlie. John was helmsman of Thistle as a challenger in 1897 and Charlie won the Cup in 1899 for America and successfully defended it on behalf of the New York Yacht Club in 1901, becoming the first helmsman to win the Cup three times.

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