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 …

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 …

When the 11th Commando Black Hackle came to Arran

The 11th (Scottish) Commando Black Hackle A history by Jim Henderson In this new 6 part series, Arran local Jim Henderson, gives an account of the period during the 2nd World War when the 11th Commando were posted to Arran where they lived and trained, forging many relationships and connections with Arran that continue to …

Learning more about Arran’s Bronze Age

A report on the findings of a roundhouse in the Arran hills, and the subsequent development of the replica built in the Brodick Castle country park, from local MSP, Kenneth Gibson. It is believed that Arran has been inhabited almost since the end of the last ice age and the retreat of glaciers that once …

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 …

Information sought on the life of Allan Nicol of Whiting Bay

A member of The Orders and Medals Research Society (UK), Simon Muggleton, is currently researching the life and career of Allan Nicol, of Whiting Bay. Simon contacted the Voice to see if readers might have any information relating to Allan and which could assist Simon with his research. Simon bought Allan’s medals in auction recently …

A history of the Vikings part three

The Vikings in the Western Isles – part three By Jim Henderson In part three of Jim Henderson’s history, we learn more about the use of the Birlin ships that was based on the Viking longship design, and also about the continuing battles for dominance in the western Isles between the Scots and the Norse …