The Arran Gallery at St Columba’s

By Simon Ross-Gill Although I never actually did set foot in the workshop or Gallery at St Columba’s and have no memories of it, it is with great pleasure that I am putting together an exhibition, as a part of A Celebration of Whiting Bay Past And Present on May 11th and 12th 2019. As …

The History of Earth Day

Each year, Earth Day—April 22—marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Setting the stage for the first earth day The height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” War raged in …

The Tragedy of the Iolaire

By Kenneth Gibson MSP  Many readers will know of the horror that befell HMS Dasher in 1943 between Ardrossan and Brodick, yet this might be the first time they have heard of the Iolaire tragedy, the worst peacetime British sea disaster since the Titanic; one that hit the Isle of Lewis and its close-knit communities …

A Celebration of Sixty Years of Scottish CND – Scotland: A Peace of History

By Mike Small The Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament has created a mobile exhibition featuring sixty years of the anti-nuclear movement in Scotland. Launched last month at the Mitchell Library in Glasgow, Scottish CND has made a visual timeline with accompanying video testimonies from key figures in the nuclear disarmament movement. Scottish CND, which turned …

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 …