A History of Everyday Life in Scotland, 1800-1900 by Graeme Morton, Trevor Griffiths

By Graeme Morton, Trevor Griffiths

The authors discover the political, spiritual, and highbrow personality of Scottish lifestyles, within which the intense impinged at the traditional.

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Each shift in the form of cultivation changes the face of the countryside even on an annual basis. However, this form of rotational agriculture – the growing of grass leys one year, oats or barley in the next and then perhaps potatoes or turnips in the following year – became prevalent in the Scottish countryside only in the nineteenth century. This seasonality also dictated the way the people who spent most of their working lives on the land carried out their everyday lives. 1 An expansion of towns and villages in the countryside, where agriculture still formed a part of daily life, if only with the keeping of a cow and raising of subsistence vegetables such as kale and potatoes, ensured a retention of a land-centred culture.

315 (30 November 1889). 45 G. MacGregor, The History of the Burke and Hare Trials and of the Resurrectionist Times (Glasgow, 1884); D. A. Symonds, Notorious Murders, Black Lanterns, & Moveable Goods: the Transformation of Edinburgh’s Underworld in the Early Nineteenth Century (Akron, 2006). 46 Address to the Inhabitants of Edinburgh on the necessity of removing the causes of crime which now disgrace the city, Edinburgh (Edinburgh, 1832), p. 1. 47 Address to the Inhabitants of Edinburgh, p. 9. 48 From the ‘Scottish Press’, 16 March 1850.

Volume II, 1830–1914 (Edinburgh, 1990); T. M. Devine, The Scottish Nation, 1700–2000 (London, 1999); G. Morton and R. J. Morris, ‘Civil Society, Governance and Nation, 1832–1914’, in R. A. Houston and W. W. J. Knox (eds), The New Penguin History of Scotland: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day (London, 2001), pp. 355–416; T. M. Devine, C. H. Lee and G. C. Peden (eds), The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy since 1700 (Edinburgh, 2005). 2 For a classic statement of this view, albeit in an English context, see H.

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