ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2009
Sgeulachd Mhgr Ieremiah Iasgair
By (author) Beatrix Potter; Illustrated by Beatrix Potter; Translated by James R. MacDonald; Edited by Dr. John MacInnes; Edited by Ian MacDonald; Edited by Margaret Bennett
Sgeulachd Mhgr Ieremiah Iasgair is Book No 7 of the Original Peter Rabbit books written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher has been translated into Scottish, and it is an excellent resource for Gaelic learners of all ages. The book has the standard format of the original and authorized edition of Frederick Warne and its binding and presentation have an artistically appealing quality. Its low pricing makes the book accessible to everyone. Story Line: The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, like Peter Rabbit, began life as an illustrated letter to a young child. It was written when Beatrix Potter was on holiday in Highland Perthshire where her father and his friends enjoyed fishing expeditions. Mr. Jeremy has a day full of the worst fisherman’s mishaps when he sets out to catch minnows for his dinner with his two friends Mr. Alderman Polemy Tortoise and Sir Isaac Newton.
From early childhood Beatrix Potter loved Perthshire as her father, Rupert Potter, rented Dalguise House every summer from 1871 to 1881. Highland Perthshire, with its exceptional natural beauty, was not only an idyllic setting for a child drawn to nature but also, in those days, was part of Gaeldom. English had become the language of commerce, but Gaelic was spoken among country folk and gentry alike. Queen Victoria advised the Murrays of Atholl to keep a Gaelic-speaking nursemaid in Blair Castle when she and Prince Albert first visited. They so loved the culture that Queen Victoria appointed a Gaelic bard to translate her Leaves from the Journal of a Life in the Highlands, from 1848-1861. The Scottish Highlands has long been the subject of writers and bards including one of Europe’s most celebrated, Duncan MacIntyre, (1724 – 1812). His Oran an t- Samhraidh (Song of Summer) details over forty species of flora, many of which feature in The Tale of Peter Rabbit. In 1892, while holidaying in Dunkeld, Beatrix Potter wrote her first draft of Peter Rabbit. Not surprisingly, Mr McGregor appears, as Perthshire is home of the ancient Clan Gregor. Now, at last, Gaelic-speaking children may delight in Peter Rabbit and all his family. Margaret Bennett, Perthshire, 2008.