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Hebridean Island

Memories of Scarp

by Angus Duncan


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ISBN: 9781912476695
Published: 09 Apr 2020
Format: Paperback
Extent: 240
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Origin
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About the Book

The island of Scarp lies off the west coast of North Harris in the Outer Hebrides and was populated for more than 400 years until 1971, when the last of the native population left.  This magnificent account of Scarp describes an island community and a way of life now all but forgotten. It includes the harvests of the land and the sea; children’s games and pastimes; long traditional folktales told around the peat-fire; social customs and occasions; and some of the notable characters of the day. 

It fills a long-felt gap, for the story of Scarp - unlike its westerly neighbour St Kilda - has not been told in this way before.

The Author

Angus Duncan

Angus Duncan was born in South Harris in 1888 and brought up on Scarp, where his grandfather was an infuential schoolmaster.  His lifelong interest in Scarp and all matters Celtic led him, in the 1940s and 1950s, to write of his boyhood on the island. Part of this was published at the time, but it was not until 1995 that his son, also Angus Duncan, edited the completed manuscript and added notes on a number of the chapters.