Hope MacDougall of MacDougall ISBN:189986394X PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 204 pp - large format
paperback with black and white illustrations and maps
island of Kerrera has belonged to the MacDougall family since
the thirteenth century and Miss Hope MacDougall has had recourse
to family papers to describe the changing times. Great political
events such as the invasion by King Hakon of Norway, the Wars
of Montrose and the Jacobite rebellions have left their mark,
but this book also tells the story of the ordinary people of the
island - the farmers, the ferrymen, the millers and the schoolchildren.
The history of this tiny island - just eight by three km - reflects
a perfect image of centuries of life in the West Highlands.
The story of Kerrera is inextricably linked with that of neighbouring
communities. It was on the main route for funeral parties going
to Iona, and for cattle drovers coming from Mull. Its physical
presence provides good protection, and in its shelter has arisen
the thriving port of Oban.
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