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 …

Is it time to stop climbing mountains? Obsession with reaching summits is a modern invention

By Dawn Hollis, published in The Conversation, 21st August 2020. Dawn Hollis is a Research Fellow, School of Classics, University of St Andrews. Featured image: Engraving from John Chardin’s Travels into Persia and the East Indies, 1686, showing Mount Ararat, Turkey As a historian of mountains in Europe, I have been struck by the environmental …

Holy Island – a history

By Jim Henderson In the fourth episode of the Viking story (see Voice for Arran, issue 111) reference was made to ‘Innis Shroin’ (Holy Isle.) In fact, over the years, there have been many inaccurate references to Lamlash and Moliase. What follows is the background to the village and island name, which has developed and …

A history of the Vikings part four

THE BATTLE OF LARGS OCTOBER 1263 In the concluding part of Jim Henderson’s history of the Vikings, we hear how both the Scots and Norwegian fleets congregated, with a huge group of Viking longships gathering in Loch an Eilean (Lamlash Bay) before the fated battle which began on 2nd October 1263, just slightly further north …