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 …

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 …

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 …

A Book Review – Whose Word Is It?

The Story Behind Who Changed the New Testament and Why by Bart D Ehrman Ehrman is an eminent biblical scholar and is currently the James A Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina who according to his Wikipedia entry is one of North America’s leading scholars in his field which …