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Highland Fling

Rosalind Mitchison, 18 June 1981

Clans and Chiefs 
by Ian Grimble.
Blond and Briggs, 267 pp., £10.95, December 1980, 0 85634 111 8
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... public is entirely respectable. But what we have here is neither careful nor spirited. That Dr Grimble has read, unevenly, but in places deeply, if without system or critical faculty, is shown by confused echoes of other people’s research. It is implied that he feels deeply about the wrongs experienced by Highland society over the centuries, but the ...

Speaking in Tongues

Robert Crawford, 8 February 1996

The Poetry of Scotland: Gaelic, Scots and English 1380-1980 
edited and introduced by Roderick Watson.
Edinburgh, 752 pp., £19.95, May 1995, 0 7486 0607 6
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... versions read very well. But there seems little point in including translations like those of Ian Grimble which (however accurate) read poorly: ‘The shieling is a sad place for me, when the present company in it / – rather than the company who used to be there – are near to me.’ It’s a pity that new translations of some of the Gaelic work ...

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