hitched a lift on Tiree

hitching a lift on Tiree


The title rap&stow comes from the Gallowa “rap and stow”, meaning “root and branch” (See John Mactaggart’s (1824) The Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, or, the … Curiosities of the South of Scotland … alphabetically arranged).  As well as appealing to my own roots as a Gallowa ruralach, in English the phrase is usually used to describe some kind of thorough or wholehearted process, often in terms of political reform – an implicit objective of the kind of public sociology I’m involved in – and the connection between roots and branches could be a metaphor for the relationships that political and social ecology seeks to change.  Or maybe it just sounded pretty…