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Duncan Williamson

Duncan Williamson (1928-2007) was born on the shores of Loch Fyne. He was the seventh of sixteen children in a family of Travelers who set up camp in the same place every winter, wandering the Highlands in summer, hawking tin and natural willowwares. Duncan left home at fifteen and traveled for the next forty years, while continuing the traditional trades of his people. In 1980, he moved to a farm cottage in Fife with his second wife, Linda, who transcribed some of his vast repertoire of songs, stories, and family history. When Duncan died, he left behind a worldwide legacy. His reputation was extraordinary, and the impact of his storytelling continues in literary editions of his work, published by Canongate, Cambridge University Press, Penguin, Mondadori, and more recently by Birlinn, Luath Press, and Floris Books.

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