Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland

Picture of Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson, or 'Dr. Johnson', was born in Lichfield in 1709 and contributed to the development of English literature in many ways, including as an essayist, critic and dictionary compiler. In his early career, he struggled both as a schoolteacher and as a writer. Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, first published in 1755, was not the first English dictionary, but it was the first to systematically record the usage of words, and how it changed. He died in December 1784.

The following sections are available:
Inch Keith and St. Andrews
Arbroath and Montrose
Slains Castle and Banff
Elgin, Forres and Fort George
Inverness, Loch Ness and Foyers
Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston
Glen Shiel and Glen Elg
Arrival on Skye; Armadale
Raasay, Portree and Dunvegan
Skye: Ulinish and Talisker
Ostig, and Skye in general
The inhabitants of the islands
Political changes
The economy of the islands
Highland chieftains
Reasons for poverty and emigration
Ulva and Inch Kenneth
Iona and Lochbuie
South to Glasgow and Auchinleck