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Johnny Gibb of Gushetneuk in the Parish of Pyketillim: With Glimpses of the Parish Politics about A.D. 1843

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This novel, set in the fictional north-east parish of Pyketillim, tells of the struggle for democratic control which shattered the Church of Scotland in the great Disruption of 1843 and the parallel contest for control of the land between, on the one hand the lairds and capitalistic muckle farmers and smaller tenants who were seen by Alexander as the last bastion of the ...more
Paperback, Legacy Reprint, 272 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1870)
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[These notes were made in 1987:]. Subtitle: in the parish of Pyketillim, with Glimpses of the Parish Politics about A.D. 1843. According to that bottomless source of Scottish literary trivia, my father, this William Alexander was something of a local notable, and certainly if his book was illustrated and went through seven editions, it must have had some popularity. Other books by Alexander are to be found in the DA section of the library, but this, being a work of fiction, sits in PR. Its most ...more
Graeme Purves
William Alexander's Johnny Gibb of Gushetneuk is a masterly satire of parish life and the politics of land ownership in Aberdeenshire at the time of the Disruption.

Alexander employs an orthography for spoken Scots which strives for acoustic accuracy and in the formidable Mrs. Birse creates a memorable comic character.
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William Alexander was born in 1826 in the Garioch, near the foot of Benachie. He found his feet as a writer through the Mutual Instruction movement which flourished in North-East Scotland at this time under the direction of William McCombie, farmer, philosopher, economist and newspaper editor, who offered Alexander a job in the autumn of 1852. He eventually succeeded McCombie as editor of the Aber ...more
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