This social history of the 'ordinary' people of the south-western peninsula of Argyll, in western Scotland, has become a classic since its original publication in 1984.
It is reprinted here with a new Introduction by the author, a native of Kintyre who knows its geography intimately.
The greater part of the book is based on original research from a wide range of sources, from nineteenth century registers of the poor to material passed on through the oral tradition.
Angus Martin traces the evolution of the extraordinarily mixed stock of Kintyre from the Gaelic settlement in the fifth century AD through the subsequent settlements of the Lowlanders and Irish, and explores the nature of these diverse cultural legacies.
The darker aspects of social history - epidemic diseases, sanitary and housing conditions and destitution - are also explored, and the sinister activities of grave-robbers in nineteenth century Kintyre are substantiated for the first time.
There is also information on Irish immigrant families, the anglicisation of native surnames and surviving Gaelic elements in the local dialect.