ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: December 5, 2016
300 Farmers Of Scotland
By (author) Eilidh MacPherson
Every farmer has a story to tell. This book covers the diverse range of Scottish farmers and crofters from those farming the rugged hills of the Highlands to the sandy loams of the Lowlands. From owner occupiers, tenant farmers, share farmers, crofters, farm managers, starter farmers, to new entrants, farming from 10 acres to 31 000 acres – the people are as diverse as the landscapes and environment in which they work. Scotland covers 7.8 million hectares, of that 5.7 million or 73% is farmland, or 79% if common grazing is included. This book has photographs of 300 farmers and interviews with 200 from across the country from Orkney to Berwick and Durness to Stranraer.
Eilidh MacPherson combines hill sheep farming at Marbrack (2500 acres carrying 1200 Blackface sheep) with her husband Richard Nixon, in South West Scotland, with publishing a now bi-monthly publication – Farming Country magazine (farmingscotland.com when it was free). Her last book From Thistle to Fern, which was published a decade ago, featured Scots who had emigrated to New Zealand and set up the High Country Sheep Stations. Eilidh is a hill sheep and beef farmers’ daughter from the Isle of Skye and headed off overseas once she graduated from Edinburgh in Agriculture and has worked in the industry since.