Roots of Stone: The Story of those who Came Before

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Roots of Stone is a passionate tapestry, weaving the story of Scotland with the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. This fascinating sweep over two thousand years of Scotland's past blends with a true family story stretching back over these same two millennia in a spellbinding fusion of history and memoir. This is an exploration of the Scottish identity through actual tales of the author's forebears - tales drawn from royal bloodline and from crofting hearth, tales of high drama and of quiet everyday satisfactions. Mackays and MacDonalds tread most heavily across these pages, but they are far from alone. Munros, MacDougalls, Murrays and dozens of other clans and families also feature. Kenneth MacAlpin, Macbeth, Robert the Bruce and Alexander 'Wolf of Badenoch' all have a place in the tapestry. The dreadful deeds of the Wicked Earls of Orkney are laid bare, but counterbalanced by the work of those famous healers, the Beatons. Stepping closer to the present day, the human tragedy of the Clearances becomes all-consuming.

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...careful to present a full picture of a country renowned for robust, hearty people and strong traditions. A perfect tribute. -- THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE, MARCH 2004

A major theme in Hugh Allison's intriguing story of ancestry ... real people and real history are one and the same -- The Nairnshire Telegraph, March 30, 2004

The writer has achieved his objective to write a gripping story ..... and he is an inspiration for anyone .. -- The Highland News, week ending March 27, 2004

everything ... comes back to the land and the people. He artfully encapsulates the ... marriage of the universal and the intimate .. -- Daily Mail, Friday, April 9th, 2004

he brings alive the ancient craft of the storyteller ... some finely crafted phrases ... make it a good read, -- The Press and Journal, Saturday April 10, 2004

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