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Glencoe and the Indians [Hardcover]

James Hunter
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28 Oct 1996
This story spans more than 30 generations to link the Scottish Highlands with America's Rocky Mountain West.


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing; 1st Edition 1st Printing edition (28 Oct 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851588299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851588299
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 759,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Hunter has researched with care . . . The story he tells is deeply moving" (Scotland on Sunday)

"Meticulously researched, these wonderfully evocative studies of bygone eras make fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in Scotland's evolution" (Daily Record) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

James Hunter is the author of a number of books on Scottish history, including Culloden and the Last Clansman, A Dance Called America and Scottish Exodus. He lives in Beauly, Inverness-shire. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The history you were never taught 15 Dec 2009
Format:Paperback
Excellent book linking two different cultures. Examines the events leading up to to the demise of ethnic groups and cultures on two continents, yet shows how they became brought together.
Could be enhanced with better maps.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Angus McDonald, Scottish Highland clans and the Nez Perce Indian 24 Jan 2006
By Shawn Marchinek - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this book out of a fascination of the Glencoe Massacre and my love of Scottish history. I understood this book compared the Highland clearances and the treatment of the clans to the clearances of the Native Americans of the Western United States a generation later. I did not realize that this book would have a more personal meaning to me. Mr. Hunter tells this tale via the McDonald family who were survivors of the Glencoe Massacre and 4 generations later were involved in the Nez Perce war of 1877 and Chief Joseph fame. The book centers on the life and career of Angus McDonald, a Scottish highlander of the Glengarry and Glencoe branches of the clan MacDonald. He leaves his home in Scotland and joins the Hudson Bay Company in North America and rises through the ranks. During his life as a fur trader in the American West he marries a Nez Perce woman, raises a large family and eventually retires in what is now the Flathead Reservation in Montana. He has numerous children, this story primarily focusing on Duncan McDonald, who being part Nez Perce is drawn into the Nez Perce war and gives his perception of the treatment of the Native Americans, particularly the Nez Perce War. Growing up in Eastern Washington in Kettle Falls, I knew of Archibald (Angus's Great Uncle) and Angus McDonald of the old Hudson's Bay Fort Colville . I did not realize Angus spent over 20 years running the Fort Colville and raising his family there. I grew up on the bluff overlooking the old site and have walked among the old Fort Colville foundations when the Columbia River is drawn down. I have seen a small hint of the former glory of the falls that were fished by the tribes from miles around. Mr. Hunter does a great job in comparing the plights and mistreatment of two peoples who tried to defend an ancient way of life. Unfortunately the modern world would leave no room for their way of life. Angus McDonald's family experienced it all, yet many of his descendants continue to survive and pass on their story and what an incredible story it is. This book is a must for any fan of Scottish History, readers of the life and times of the fur traders of the American west or those interested in the trials of the American Indians. Mr. Hunter has woven a master peace. I would give this book 6 stars if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Historical Account 13 Oct 2010
By L. McDonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It was ironic that the first I heard of this wonderful history was when I took my wife on a tour of the Highlands of Scotland. We both noticed a fascination many Highlanders had with Native American culture and asked a Highlander friend why this was so. He asked if we had read "Glencoe and the Indians" and seemed surprised we had not heard of it. He highly recommended the book as an accurate account of a Highlander who, like so many Highlanders & West Islanders, were forced to leave their Scottish homes to settle British colonies. They truly understood the plight of Native Americans being forced from their homelands because of the Daunting of the Scottish Highlands. I read the book and it helped me understand my own fascination with Native American culture and why several of my Scottish ancestors had close ties with their Native American neighbors and served as "Indian Agents". It is an accurate historical account that helps us better understand our ancestors and ourselves.
Larry C. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 20 Mar 2014
By Donald J. Mcdonald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I enjoyed this book and the history. It tells a story I was not aware of. I recommend it for anyone with Scottish ancestors and Native American ancestry.
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