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The Story of a Hebridean Island

by John Lorne Campbell


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ISBN: 9781780272313
Published: 25 Jul 2014
Format: Paperback
Extent: 400
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: Birlinn
Local history
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About the Book

An account of Canna, a beautiful Hebridean island. Small though it is, many of the major historical trends of the Hebrides have touched it, from St Columba through the Benedictine monasticism of Iona to the Lordship of the Isles. Following the Reformation the island was of considerable importance to the Irish Franciscan mission of the 1620s and also the Jacobite risings before being swept up in the tragedies of depopulation and clearance of the 19th century. Gifted to the National Trust in 1981, the island is undergoing something of a revival, with the creation of the St Edward Centre on Sanday, and the proposed developments of Canna House. Archaeological surveys and historical research has uncovered more evidence about the island. Hugh Cheape of the Royal Museum of Scotland, who has been intimately involved with the Canna project, has edited this volume. This edition contains new contributions which update and fill out the account of the island.

The Author

John Lorne Campbell

John Lorne Campbell (1906 - 1996) was one of the foremost scholars of Scottish Gaelic in the twentieth century. He married the American musician and folklorist, Margaret Fay Shaw, and they settled in Canna in 1938. He gifted the island together with his library, research papers and sound archive to the National Trust for Scotland in 1981.

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