James Hunter (historian)

James Hunter CBE (born 1948) is a historian of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. In 2005 he founded the Centre for History in Dornoch as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, and served as the head of the Centre between 2005–2010.[1] Hunter has held a number of additional posts: he was the director of the Scottish Crofters Union (1985–1990), Chairman of the Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust (2004–2007) and Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (1998–2004), the Inverness-based development and training agency for the North of Scotland.[2][3] He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2007.[4]

He is a freelance historian[5] and author, and has written thirteen books on the Highlands and Islands and its global diaspora.

His most recent book, Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances, published in 2015, presents the struggle for survival of the people cleared from the straths of Sutherland during the early nineteenth century and relocated to Canada, landing at Hudson Bay.[6] This book was the winner of the Saltire Society's History Book of the Year Award in 2016.[7]

He gave the first Sabhal Mòr Lecture in 1990.


From British Library catalogue (Accessed January 2007).

  • 1976. The making of the crofting community. Edinburgh: John Donald. (revised edition, 2000, ISBN 0-85976-537-7.)
  • 1986. Skye : the island. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-017-4.
  • 1991. The claim of crofting : the Scottish Highlands and Islands, 1930-1990. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-329-7.
  • 1991. Rural poverty and deprivation in Europe : from analysis to action : report of a seminar held in Scotland from 7 to 11 October 1990 . Enstone: Arkleton Trust. ISBN 0-906724-40-6.
  • 1992. Scottish highlanders : a people and their place. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-443-9.
  • 1994. A dance called America : the Scottish Highlands, the United States and Canada. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-639-3.
  • 1995. On the other side of sorrow : nature and people in the Scottish Highlands. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-765-9.
  • 1996. Towards a land reform agenda for a Scots parliament. Perth: Rural Forum Scotland. ISBN 1-85158-765-9.
  • 1996. Glencoe and the Indians : a real-life family saga which spans two continents, several centuries and more than thirty generations to link Scotland’s clans with the native peoples of the American West. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-85158-829-9.
  • 1999. Last of the free : a millennial history of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-84018-376-4.
  • 2001. Culloden and the last clansman. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 1-84018-483-3.
  • 2006. Fonn's Duthchas. National Museums of Scotland. ISBN 978-1-905267-06-4.
  • 2007. Scottish Exodus: Travels among a worldwide clan. Edinburgh: Mainstream. ISBN 978-1-84596-116-9.
  • 2012. From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Tops. Isle of Lewis: The Islands Book Trust.
  • 2015. Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances. Edinburgh: Birlinn. ISBN 978-1-78027-268-9.

With OthersEdit

  • Edited by Celeste Ray; foreword by James Hunter (2005). Transatlantic Scots. London: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0-8173-1473-3.


  1. ^ "Staff - Professor James Hunter CBE, FRSE, PhD". www.uhi.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Staff - Professor James Hunter CBE, FRSE, PhD". www.uhi.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  3. ^ "REF Case study search". impact.ref.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Staff - Professor James Hunter CBE, FRSE, PhD". www.uhi.ac.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ Newton, Norman S. (28 September 2007). Skye. David & Charles. pp. 48–. ISBN 978-0-7153-2887-3. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  6. ^ Hunter, James (1 September 2016). Set Adrift Upon the World: The Sutherland Clearances. Birlinn. ISBN 9781780273549.
  7. ^ "Annual Dinner". www.saltiresociety.org.uk. Retrieved 12 March 2019.