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The Press Gang in Orkney and Shetland

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John Robertson brings together a wealth of information collected over four decades of exhaustive scholarship.

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By JDM Robertson

John Robertson brings together a wealth of information collected over four decades of exhaustive scholarship. Combining meticulous research with personal interviews, he gives a fascinating account of a turbulent and oppressive period in the annals of the Northern Isles, mainly, but not exclusively, between the years of 1755 and 1815.

The author examines the impact of forced recruitment on the lives of Orcadians and Shetlanders at every level of society. Rich sources of archival material, oral tradition and folk memory are related in a clear and engaging manner to create a compelling picture of ordinary people's experiences of impressment. The result is an incisive social history of resilient, remote and independent people which will appeal to islanders, students of history and a range of readers.

The text is copiously illustrated throughout.

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