Rioting Townsmen Destroy Abbey’s Salmon Weir in Medieval Scotland

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A well-recorded instance of medieval conflict over aquatic resources, in this case the rich salmon fisheries of medieval Scotland, highlights the historic importance of this resource and incidentally documents technical and social elements of its exploitation.

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Richard Hoffmann, York University, Toronto, Canada

Now semi-retired as Professor Emeritus, Richard Hoffmann realized in the 1980s that his research on medieval land use and rural society pertained to the then-new field of environmental history. Since then he has explored various aspects of resource use, human impacts, and natural forces in European terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems during the millennium before the turn to fossil fuels. His one-volume environmental history of medieval Europe will soon appear from Cambridge University Press.

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2012-06-27

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