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This introduction provides an overview of the key themes discussed in the book. The pioneering efforts of Ian Cowan and Julia Buckroyd provided fresh scholarly perspectives on the religious issue. David Stevenson and Bruce Lenman have offered brief surveys, although in both cases their primary interests lie elsewhere and, as a result, their work lacks detail. The book makes use of a wide range of primary sources, both printed and manuscript. Broadly, this material can be divided into five classes: governmental material; judicial records; ecclesiastical records; literary material incorporating range of chronicles, memoirs, diaries, pamphlets, notebooks and poetry; and estate collections. The book deals with the Scottish Highlands that are understood as an essentially geographical, rather than ethnic, cultural, or social entity. Caithness, Sutherland, Ross, Cromarty, Inverness and Argyll, the six sheriffdoms usually described by contemporaries as indisputably 'Highland', form the core of the book.

Keywords: Bruce Lenman; David Stevenson; Ian Cowan; Julia Buckroyd; Scottish highlands

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