The Darien Disaster 1698 – 1700

By Jim Henderson The Darien disaster 1698 – 1700. King of Scotland & England William 11/111 1689-1702. A Protestant with Dutch connections. Leading up to the year 1700 a total of 7,000 Scots emigrated to the America’s, Between 10 and 20,000 moved to Europe and between 60 and 100,000 went to Ireland. This was 60 …

Illicit Distilling on Arran

With news that the distillery at Lagg will be opening next spring, local historian Jim Henderson sent the Voice an historical account of the illicit distilling industry in Arran in the early 19th Century. The website for the new distillery says that the Parish of Kilmory and the surrounding area of the island was a …

Looking at Arran

by Stuart Gough “Robert Burns is said to have been blind to natural grandeur because he could see Arran almost daily from the Ayrshire farms on which he spent his youth, yet never once mentioned it in verse or prose. His blindness has been explained either on the ground that he lived before the fashion …

Sir Robert the Bruce – Part Two

Following a period in early 1307 on Rathlin Island, and Robert the Bruce’s alleged meeting with a spider in a cave, Robert the Bruce and his supporters made another attempt to gain freedom from English rule. They were betrayed however and Robert the Bruce’s brothers were captured and executed…  Around the same period Sir Robert …

Sir Robert the Bruce and the King’s Cave

An historical account of Robert the Bruce’s exploits, leading to his time spent on the Island of Arran and the creation of Kilmichael Estate, Brodick, in two parts. By Jim Henderson, local historian and native of Arran Part 1 It is over 700 years since Robert was crowned King of Scotland at Scone. There is …

The Island of Isay

by Peter Reason The little island of Isay lies in the entrance to Loch Dunvegan in the north west of Skye. Seeking refuge from the tourist bustle around the castle and village at the head of the loch, I found an anchorage for my yacht Coral between Isay and its low-lying neighbour Mingay; in the …

Meeting Helen Crawfurd, Scottish Suffragette, through her own words…

By Laura Matheson Laura Matheson has joined Glasgow Women’s Library as an exhibition intern as part of her course MSc Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh. As Fiona Jack’s current exhibition ‘Our Red Aunt’ is on at Glasgow Women’s Library, Laura talks about Helen Crawfurd – whose legacy …

Mans Inhumanity to Man – 100 Years of Balfour

by Stephen Brown As the year 2017 closes our thoughts may turn to Burns and ‘Auld Lang Syne’ but it is perhaps timely to consider another quote from the bard –  ‘Mans inhumanity to man, Makes countless thousands mourn!’ Written in 1784 but apposite to the plight of the Palestinian people today – 100 years on …

Podcast Stories From A Scottish Island

Long time local resident Joni Keen is delighted to announce the launch of her new Podcast website ‘www.storiesfromascottishisland.com‘. The idea is to interview people who either live here or have a connection with Arran. The Island has such a diverse culture and history and this is a new way of capturing it and reaching a wider audience. We …

New Home For World’s Oldest Clipper Ship

New Home For World’s Oldest Clipper Ship By John Kinsman of Coastwatch St Monans The world’s oldest clipper ship, the City of Adelaide (the Carrick) will have a permanent home under a proposed Port Adelaide marine precinct. The state government is planning to move the ship to dock 2, and include a pedestrian bridge and …