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An t-Eilean...
An t-Eilean – Taking a Line for a Walk through the Island of Skye

by Angus Peter Campbell with Photographs by Cailean Maclean This is an account in words and pictures of a walk taken through Skye by the award-winning writer Angus Peter Campbell and his friend the photographer Cailean Maclean. Both were brought up in South Uist, so the journey here extends well beyond Skye to their pre-electric upbringing in the Outer Hebrides: a beautifully written and photographed memoir of people, places and times.   Tha iomadach seud...

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The Island...
The Island Lighthouses of Scotland

John A Love

John Love is a biologist, author and illustrator from Inverness who has now been living in South Uist for twenty years. He has been fascinated by islands and their lighthouses ever since first visiting the Bass Rock some fifty years ago. Cruising round Britain as a lecturer since his retirement four years ago he has been able to add to his already extensive list of island lighthouses visited and photographed. This book is based on a lecture John gave to...

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From the Low Tide...
From the Low Tide of the Sea to the Highest Mountain Top

James Hunter with photographs by Cailean Maclean Community Ownership of Land in the Highlands and Islands In recent years, communities in the Scottish Highlands and Islands have taken ownership of more than half a million acres – an area equivalent to that of an English county like Nottinghamshire or West Yorkshire. In places long characterised by contracting economies and shrinking populations, this remarkable development has...

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A Life of Song
A Life of Song

The Autobiography of Marjory Kennedy-Fraser Marjory Kennedy-Fraser travelled the world in the second half of the 19th century with her father, the famous Scots singer David Kennedy, and then as an outstanding musician in her own right. She was also one of the most important collectors and popularisers of Gaelic song at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries from islands such as Barra and Eriskay. Her arrangements of these traditional...

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Foula (Large book)
Foula (Large book)

The Time of My Life - Chris Mylne

Young and inexperienced, Chris Mylne arrived on the Shetland island of Foula in April 1954 to take up the posts of Schoolmaster and Lay Missionary. This remarkable book tells in his own words the dramatic story of Chris’s formative time as part of this remote and unique island community which took him to their heart. It is a valuable record of island social and economic life during an era which has now passed into history, the challenges posed by...

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Obair Gun Duais
Obair Gun Duais

Alasdair MacGilleMhìcheil - a’ tional ainmean Gàidhlig eun A THANKLESS TASK? Alexander Carmichael as a collector of Gaelic bird names Everyone who has an interest in Gaelic culture and tradition will be familiar with the folklore collector Alexander Carmichael and with his masterwork, Carmina Gadelica. Plenty of evidence can be found within this work for how Carmichael took a keen interest in words and expressions related to natural history. It is known too that he collected...

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Island Emigrants
Island Emigrants

In the summer of 2009, to mark Scotland’s Year of Homecoming, The Islands Book Trust Island Emigrants coverheld a conference entitled ‘Island Emigrants’ to explore the remarkable story of emigration from the islands to places such as Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Patagonia. The aim was to bring together outstanding speakers, local people, visitors to the islands, and descendants of families who left the Outer Hebrides over the last 250 years. Set in the beautiful...

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Destination St...
Destination St Kilda

Edited by Mark Butterworth

Includes 67 rarely seen original Magic Lantern hand coloured glass slides from the 1880s depicting scenes from Oban to St Kilda In 1885 Aberdeen photographers George Washington Wilson and Norman Macleod set out to travel through the Western Isles to St Kilda. They took many photographs along the way and their collection of pictures, 'From Oban to Skye and the Outer Hebrides' was shown in magic lantern lectures throughout Scotland. In 2004 Mark...

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St Kilda Diary
St Kilda Diary

A Record of the Early Re-occupation of St Kilda

Captain David Boddington, RAMC, was Medical Officer on St Kilda from 1958, when the Army first took over the base as a functioning unit of the Royal Artillery Guided Weapons Range on the remote island group. He was simultaneously Rations Officer, Meteorological Officer, Postmaster and Barber! And he had a passion for ornithology and natural history, doubling up as warden for the Nature Conservancy and representative of the National...

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Island Heroes
Island Heroes

Almost every township throughout the Islands has its war memorial inscribed with scores of names, but how much do we really know about the role of the Hebrides and her people in wartime? The Islands Book Trust held a three-day conference to address exactly this question. ‘Island Heroes – The Hebrides and UK Military History’ took place in the Isle of Lewis, where a range of excellent speakers discussed the disproportionate contribution and sacrifice made by islanders to UK military...

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