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A School in South Uist: Reminiscences of a Hebridean Schoolmaster, 1890-1913

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These are the memories of Frederick Rea, an English teacher who became headmaster of Garrynamonie School in South Uist in the 1890s. At that time, the Hebrides were as remote and forbidding to mainlanders as the Antarctic is to us today, and South Uist was one of the poorer districts. Roads were often no more than rough tracks across the mountain moorland or over the ...more
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Published June 2nd 2015 by Birlinn Ltd. (first published January 1st 1964)
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Udita
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been hooked to this book set in one of the Hebridean islands. An English schoolteacher in the late 1800s, for want of more earning, applies to teach in a school in South Uist. As luck would have it, he gets picked as head teacher. It is his first trip to Scotland, and certainly his first to one of the isles. Now, just like this man, I too was new to Scotland last year. I visited my first Isle this year. Though there’s been about 120 years between us, the emotions that the isles of Scotland ...more
Patricia
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed Mr. Rea's extended memoir about his experiences as a new teacher in Garrynamonie School (situated on South Uist, a small island in the Hebrides west of Scotland). Having visited this part of the world, more than 100 years later, I could visualize the distances he walked from place to place, to teach, visit, and fish, and imagine how the weather could play a large factor in everyday life. I would like to have read more about some of his individual students but do recognize at least how ...more
Soozee
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
An interesting read if you are going to South Uist, but for me he didn't really talk enough about life on the island and particularly about his work in the school. I suppose he wasn't writing for an audience, but just reminiscing about what interested him. Towards the end that seemed to be exclusively fishing!

Worth reading if you are going there, but not a gripping tale. Some interesting insights into the attitudes of the day.
Udita
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I was saying earlier, I’ve been hooked to this book set in one of the Hebridean islands. An English schoolteacher in the late 1800s, for want of more earning, applies to teach in a school in South Uist. As luck would have it, he gets picked as head teacher. It is his first trip to Scotland, and certainly his first to one of the isles. Now, just like this man, I too was new to Scotland last year. I visited my first Isle this year. Though there’s been about 120 years between us, the emotions ...more
Catriona
May 10, 2016 rated it liked it
A really interesting account of the experiences of a teacher from the north of England who moved to Uist to teach in the late 1800s. It's not great literature, but it is a really interesting snapshot in time of life Uist. There's a mixture of school activity, sport (fishing and golf and even a bit of football) and lots of really enjoyable narratives about the locals and local folklore.
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Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tales of a school inspector for the isle of South Uist in the Hebrides, Scotland.
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