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“The Coast that Shaped the World” is a new, three-year project that is being led by the University of the Highlands and Islands, funded by NatureScot’s Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund with match funding from UHI and Calmac. This project will honour the diverse geography of the area and the cultural impact the coastline has …

The 11th Commando – part 6

11th Commando Black Hackle – Part 6 In the final part of his history on the 11th Commando, Jim Henderson takes a closer look at a couple of the soldiers whose lives were closely linked to Arran, and the missions they took part in during the 2nd World War. Marshall, Walters and Burma Walter Marshall …

History repeating itself?

Sent in from Mo khan January 2021. Dippen house caravan, Dippen, Isle of Arran Proof positive that current world events are not as unprecedented as many would suppose.     Histories (Latin: Historiae) is a Roman historical chronicle by Tacitus. Written c. 100–110, it covers c. 69–96, a period which includes the Year of Four …

ShantyTok

ShantyTok: is the sugar and rum line in Wellerman a reference to slavery? By Dr Adrian York, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance, University of Westminster, writing in The Conversation on January 21st 2021. Featured image shows fishermen singing a sea shanty, circa 1870.Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Amid the global media coverage of the pandemic …

The 11th Commando – Part 5

In the next part of Jim Henderson’s series, we hear about the 11th Commando’s first engagement at Litani after their period of training on Arran. The featured image shows the Qasmiye Bridge where the 11th Commando were sent. Part 5. The Litani River engagement and Rommel Raid Password ‘Arran’ The first active engagement by the …

Arran Gaelic Place-Names

By Dr Jake King – a blog posted on the Arran Arts Heritage Trail website Arran is first mentioned in an Irish poem of around 1200 as Arand na n-aighedh n-imdha ‘Arran of the many stags’. The majority of the names of larger Scottish islands are very old, and Arran is no exception. We cannot …

11th Commando Black Hackle in Arran – Part 4

In the next part of his series on the 11 Commando, Jim Henderson looks at the training regime of Colonel Pedder and Admiral Cowan. Featured image shows the 11 Commando in Cyprus. Training Regime and Cyprus The troop would rally, running from their billets on hearing the sound of a horn. Training would consist of …

This Dear Place – a review

This Dear Place, Corrie and Sannox. Memories and Reflections by Lesley Paton Cox A Review, by Elsa Rodeck Last week, a copy of the recently published book This Dear Place, Corrie and Sannox. Memories and Reflections by Lesley Paton Cox, fell into my possession. I have been immersing myself since in another time and place …

11th Commando Black Hackle in Arran – Part 3

A history of the 11th Commando in Arran by Jim Henderson ‘Lest we forget’ In Part 3, Jim Henderson recounts the time in September 1940 when the 11 Commando arrived in Lamlash. On arrival at Lamlash the troops were marched from the Pier through the village, divided into groups and billeted in several homes in …

11th Commando Black Hackle – Part two

A history of the 11th Commando by Jim Henderson ‘Lest we forget’ In the second part of Jim Henderson’s history, we learn about Churchill’s orders, early combat and the start of the 11 Commando Winston Churchill ordered the formation of the Commando following the disaster of Dunkirk in 1940. They proved to be very effective …