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Our BookSleuth is specially designed for you. Agriculture, darling? I have to admit I overlooked this book for a while, preferring to spend my time on the gilt covered and the attractively illustrated. On opening the modest green copy — the fragile wrapper put away somewhere safe — I found a surprise treat in the shape of 20 beautifully tissue-guarded photographs by Robert M. At age 14 he bought his first camera and in he bought the half plate field camera that he would use all of his life. He kept every negative, some 15, of them, along with meticulous notes about the subjects, which have become a valuable record of the disappearing Scottish landscape and lifestyle.

A few years after Mr. Adam obtained his first camera, Frank Darling was born in a farm stable in the North of England.

He was the illegitimate son of Harriet, the daughter of a wealthy family from Sheffield, and Frank Sr, who was killed in East Africa without ever seeing his offspring. The family wanted Frank Jr fostered but his mother refused. After being bullied, Frank ran away from school at age 15 and worked on a farm in the Pennines, fuelling his interest in farming, flora and fauna.

In Darling revealed to his son that the pioneering plant geographer, Charles Edward Moss , was his uncle. After running away from school at the age of 15, Darling was sent to work on a farm in the Pennines. He then studied at the Midland Agricultural College now part of the University of Nottingham , at Sutton Bonington in the Borough of Rushcliffe in Nottinghamshire , and obtained diplomas in agriculture and dairying.

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Soon afterwards he married Marion Fraser "Bobbie" and took the double-barrelled surname Fraser Darling, which, although he was divorced from Bobbie in , he used until the end of his life. In he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Living at Dundonnell and later in the Summer Isles , Fraser Darling began the work that was to mark him as a naturalist-philosopher of original turn of mind and great intellectual drive. He described the social and breeding behaviour of the red deer , gulls , and the grey seal respectively, in the three academic works A Herd of Red Deer , Bird Flocks and the Breeding Cycle and A Naturalist on Rona.

The Fraser Darling effect , proposed by Fraser Darling in , is the simultaneous and shortened breeding season that occurs in large colonies of birds. The outbreak of the Second World War put an end to Fraser Darling's hopes of undertaking further research on the grey seal and, being too old for active military service, he chose to farm rather than leave the west coast of Scotland for wartime civilian work.

Crofting Agriculture - Its Practice in the West Highlands and Islands

In , the wartime Secretary of State for Scotland , Thomas Johnston , asked him to run an agricultural advisory programme in the crofting areas of the Scottish Highlands and Islands. He agreed, and for two years he travelled, taught and wrote articles that were later published in book form as Crofting Agriculture. To gather these facts, he recruited five assistants, all young Highlanders: people personally acquainted with the crofting life who could converse with crofters in their native Gaelic rather than in the English of officialdom.

Concerns at the Department of Agriculture about the radical nature of the findings of the survey and its implied criticism of the policies it had been pursuing led to repeated delays to its publication.