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Beachd Luchd-eòlais Nàdair air Màrtainn MacGilleMhàrtainn
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_ANDREWCURRIE_01
LINN
1980an; 1990an
CRUTHADAIR
Andrew Currie
NEACH-FIOSRACHAIDH
Taigh-tasgaidh is Gaileiridh Ealan Inbhir Nis
AITHNEACHADH MAOINE
1805
KEYWORDS
luibh-eòlas
ainmh-eòlas
cunntasan-turais
clàraidhean-àitean
claistinneach

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Tha 'A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland' (1703) agus 'A Voyage to St Kilda' (1698) aig Màrtainn MacGilleMhàrtainn, am measg cuid dhe na ciad leabhraichean a thug aithris air beatha, cultar agus creideamh muinntir Innse Gall. San earrann èisteachd seo, cluinnear fear-eòlais nàdair air an Eilean Sgitheanach - Anndra Currie - agus e a' meas beachdan cuid den luchd-eòlais san 20mh linn an sgrìobhaidhean MhicGilleMhàrtainn.

I will start by looking at some assessments of Martin by 20th-century naturalists. Dr. Frank Fraser Darling wrote in 1947, 'The Natural History of the Highlands and Islands'. He pointed out that the natural history of the small sub-oceanic islands off the west of Scotland has been worked out so far by comparatively few men. The first who left a record of his work was Sir Donald Munro, High Dean of the Isles, who wrote in 1549. Next came Martin, whose book was first published in 1703. His work was detailed, accurate, and is invaluable to the student today. More recently, the status of Martin Martin was confirmed in each of the two Royal Society of Edinburgh volumes published in 1979 [The Natural Environment of the Outer Hebrides] and 1983 [The Natural Environment of the Inner Hebrides] and covering the Outer and the Inner Hebrides. In these, at least a dozen papers draw upon Martin's observations. In his 'Historical View' in 1979, Dr. John Morton Boyd says, 'Martin's 'Descriptions of the Western Isles' is regarded as the datum of the historical record of the Outer Hebrides, preceded only by the account of Donald Monro, High Dean of the Isles'. In his introduction in 1983, Morton Boyd says, 'Martin's own efforts are now dwarfed by the great body of knowledge which has accrued to the present day. Nonetheless, his account, and that of Monro, stand today as the invaluable datum of Hebridean history'.

In their book, 'The Hebrides', jointly written in 1990 by Morton Boyd and Ian Boyd, the authors confirm this view with these words, 'Martin's account and that of Monro stand today as the beginning of the living record of the Hebrides in which appear vignettes of natural history from the late seventeenth century'. I will leave the last word to John Lorne Campbell, who, in his book, 'Canna', says, 'Martin Martin's great books on St. Kilda and the Western Isles instituted an entirely new approach. They were, of course, written under the influence of the late-seventeenth-century scientific awakening'.

By the nineteenth century, Martin Martin's name appeared in many works. 'The Birds of the West of Scotland', written by Robert Gray in 1871, draws upon Martin. So also do the series of late [nineteenth] century volumes collectively described as the 'Vertebrate Fauna of Scotland'. In the present century we need look no further than 'The Birds of Scotland', produced in 1953 by the Misses Baxter and Rintoul; just one of many books which incorporate Martin's records. These, and many more, bear out the truth of Morton Boyd's assessment of Martin's works as being an invaluable datum for serious naturalists

Airson stiùireadh mu bhith a’ cleachdadh ìomhaighean agus susbaint eile, faicibh duilleag ‘Na Cumhaichean air Fad.’
’S e companaidh cuibhrichte fo bharantas clàraichte ann an Alba Àir. SC407011 agus carthannas clàraichte Albannach Àir. SC042593 a th’ ann an High Life na Gàidhealtachd.
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Beachd Luchd-eòlais Nàdair air Màrtainn MacGilleMhàrtainn

1980an; 1990an

luibh-eòlas; ainmh-eòlas; cunntasan-turais; clàraidhean-àitean; claistinneach

Taigh-tasgaidh is Gaileiridh Ealan Inbhir Nis

Bill Sinclair Audio: Martin Martin

Tha 'A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland' (1703) agus 'A Voyage to St Kilda' (1698) aig Màrtainn MacGilleMhàrtainn, am measg cuid dhe na ciad leabhraichean a thug aithris air beatha, cultar agus creideamh muinntir Innse Gall. San earrann èisteachd seo, cluinnear fear-eòlais nàdair air an Eilean Sgitheanach - Anndra Currie - agus e a' meas beachdan cuid den luchd-eòlais san 20mh linn an sgrìobhaidhean MhicGilleMhàrtainn.<br /> <br /> I will start by looking at some assessments of Martin by 20th-century naturalists. Dr. Frank Fraser Darling wrote in 1947, 'The Natural History of the Highlands and Islands'. He pointed out that the natural history of the small sub-oceanic islands off the west of Scotland has been worked out so far by comparatively few men. The first who left a record of his work was Sir Donald Munro, High Dean of the Isles, who wrote in 1549. Next came Martin, whose book was first published in 1703. His work was detailed, accurate, and is invaluable to the student today. More recently, the status of Martin Martin was confirmed in each of the two Royal Society of Edinburgh volumes published in 1979 [The Natural Environment of the Outer Hebrides] and 1983 [The Natural Environment of the Inner Hebrides] and covering the Outer and the Inner Hebrides. In these, at least a dozen papers draw upon Martin's observations. In his 'Historical View' in 1979, Dr. John Morton Boyd says, 'Martin's 'Descriptions of the Western Isles' is regarded as the datum of the historical record of the Outer Hebrides, preceded only by the account of Donald Monro, High Dean of the Isles'. In his introduction in 1983, Morton Boyd says, 'Martin's own efforts are now dwarfed by the great body of knowledge which has accrued to the present day. Nonetheless, his account, and that of Monro, stand today as the invaluable datum of Hebridean history'. <br /> <br /> In their book, 'The Hebrides', jointly written in 1990 by Morton Boyd and Ian Boyd, the authors confirm this view with these words, 'Martin's account and that of Monro stand today as the beginning of the living record of the Hebrides in which appear vignettes of natural history from the late seventeenth century'. I will leave the last word to John Lorne Campbell, who, in his book, 'Canna', says, 'Martin Martin's great books on St. Kilda and the Western Isles instituted an entirely new approach. They were, of course, written under the influence of the late-seventeenth-century scientific awakening'.<br /> <br /> By the nineteenth century, Martin Martin's name appeared in many works. 'The Birds of the West of Scotland', written by Robert Gray in 1871, draws upon Martin. So also do the series of late [nineteenth] century volumes collectively described as the 'Vertebrate Fauna of Scotland'. In the present century we need look no further than 'The Birds of Scotland', produced in 1953 by the Misses Baxter and Rintoul; just one of many books which incorporate Martin's records. These, and many more, bear out the truth of Morton Boyd's assessment of Martin's works as being an invaluable datum for serious naturalists