The Clearances, Emigration to the New World (and how one family is affected), contemporary Scottish stories, folklore, and nostalgia for the Scottish islands in the 60s and 70s.
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SYNOPSIS of each STORY:
Safe and Sound – The Clearances
The second part of a trilogy – see FREE AS THE WIND. Nearly seventy years after the famous battle of Culloden the next generations of the two sides of the MacPherson family from Sutherland are still hating each other. This time the story is set at the time of the Clearances and details how one side of the family has been forced from their home. They have to leave behind the beloved land that their family has lived on for many generations. They also have to leave some of their own family.
Safe and Sound – The Emigration
Final part of a trilogy. One half of the feuding MacPherson family have been forced to move from their tenancy in Sutherland. Some of the family decide to stay in Helmsdale but others with much regret decide to leave for the new world to try to seek their fortune and a better life for themselves. This story features the hardships they meet on the journey as well as what meets them when they arrive at their destination.
This story is set on the delightful island of Bute on the beautiful west coast of Scotland. It is set in the early nineteen sixties during the last great years of holidays travelling “doon the watter” from Glasgow and elsewhere. It features two young boys and their encounters with a ships’ captain who has worked on various types of ships and locations ranging from Clyde “puffers” to the famous Clyde steamers of the time to ships of the merchant navy… or did he?
Photo – PS Waverley, mentioned in this story
An Island Disaster
This disaster story is set on the fictitious island of Lassa for a major tragedy which severely stretches island and mainland resources. It also depicts the efforts that were undertaken by the Scottish Government as well as local islanders and others, and again features Jane McKechnie MSP who was introduced in my first book, FREE AS THE WIND.
Fishing for Submarines
A further serious event based on Lassa for Jane McKechnie MSP to attend to. This time she tussles with the UK Ministry of Defence at Westminster. In doing so she, with help from some of her local constituents, is able to highlight considerations and concerns that affect the ongoing way of island life on the islands.
Illustration by Teresa Gordon
“Two miles doon the road”
Touring travels around the Hebrides circa nineteen seventy that include visits to Mallaig, Skye, Lewis and Harris, the Uists, Benbecula, and finally to Barra. It features the exploits of four young lads from the Glasgow area during their event-filled journey, the glorious Hebridean scenery they encounter, and the many interesting people they meet on their travels.
“PLEASE HELP, I HELP YOU”
A short serious story that moves swiftly from an overseas hotspot to the island of Mull. From there it moves on to Glasgow and on the way encompasses some of the major problem issues of today. It also introduces PC Cameron Liddle and his colleagues.
A Momentous Island Storm
The title speaks for itself and is again featuring the island of Mull. This time, however, the islands of Iona and Staffa are also included, and PC Cameron Liddle also makes a return as he and his fellow police officer WPC Eilidh Young battle against various incidents that arise due to a wild and momentous island storm.
My final story of this book is set in the early 12th century. It is the time of Somerled of the Isles, an ambitious man who gained in power and influence throughout the islands and west coast of Scotland. It was also a time from when many tales of folklore emerged, one of which was the Bean Nighe, similar to the Banshee. Both of these are woven into an atmospheric, and action-packed story.
Dunollie Castle by Oban built on the site of an ancient hill-fort that used by Somerled