By T. C. Smout
The 1st glossy heritage of Scottish woodlands, this hugely illustrated quantity explores the altering dating among bushes and other people from the time of Scotland's first payment, concentrating on the interval 1500 to 1920. Drawing on paintings in normal technology, geography and historical past, in addition to at the authors' personal examine, it offers an available and readable account that balances social, fiscal and environmental components. establishing chapters describe the early historical past of the woodlands. The e-book is then divided into chapters that think of conventional makes use of and administration, the effect of outsiders at the pine woods and the oakwoods within the first part of exploitation, and the influence of industrialization. Separate chapters are dedicated to case reports of administration at Strathcarron, Glenorchy, Rothiemurchus, and on Skye. (10/1/05)
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385–92. For Eastern Dumfries see Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland, Eastern Dumfriesshire: an Archaeological Landscape (Edinburgh, 1997), pp. 17–25. Tipping, ‘Form and fate’, p. 32; Eastern Dumfriesshire, p. 20. 32 10716 EUP Native 31/7/07 9:29 am Page 33 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public: PHIL'S JOBS:10 E XTENT AND CHARACTER OF THE WOODS BEFORE 1500 on the islands, the source was presumably driftwood). 34 It is worth considering again at this point the controversy concerning the character and extent of woodland cover at that point in prehistory when human interference was still absent or minimal (see p.
205–21; H. Tinsley and C. Grigson, ‘The Bronze Age’, in I. G. Simmons and M. Tooley (eds), The Environment in British Prehistory (London, 1981), pp. 211–16; Fenton, ‘Native woods’. D. J. Breeze, Roman Scotland (Batsford and Historic Scotland, London, 1996), p. 97. Tipping, ‘Form and fate’, p. 31. 31 10716 EUP Native 31/7/07 9:29 am Page 32 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil:Public: PHIL'S JOBS:10 T HE NATIVE WOODLANDS OF S COTLAND, 1500–1920 This deforestation clearly predates the Roman invasion, though in some places it was still going on when they arrived and in others it had apparently overshot the capacity of the farmers to keep the woods open, and regeneration was occurring.
At Buiston in Ayrshire, for instance, excavation of a crannog dating from the sixth to seventh century showed it to consist of a roundhouse made of wattle walling with posts of alder and hazel and a floor of alder planks, all on a strong framework of oak and surrounded by an impressive palisade. The dimensions and age of the wood suggested to the archaeologists that the crannog-dwellers had managed a large area of woodland partly by coppice and partly by selective felling, and that the resource had not varied over fifty years, but in the nature of things such conclusions are rather speculative.
A History of the Native Woodlands of Scotland, 1500-1920 by T. C. Smout