Book Launch

How an Island Lost its People by Bob Hay

Bob Hay The book

The publishers, The Islands Book Trust, were pleased to launch Robert Hay's second book How an Island Lost its People at the Friends' Day in the museum on 24th November 2013. Robert’s first book Lismore – The Great Garden, published by Birlinn in 2009, was a great sweep of the island's history which showed just how important a part the island has played in the prehistory and early history of the West Highlands and Islands.

This new book deals with the many factors that led to the island's dramatic population decline from its peak of 1500 to 400 in just over 80 years. The book explores this haemorrhaging of people through the lives of two major players – Alan MacDougall, the factor of Baleovolan estate who wanted to improve farming practice and encourage better tenants, and James Cheyne who wanted to clear the land for sheepwalks.

Both books are available for sale in the museum shop but while the shop is closed for the season you can contact Bob direct on 01631 760 393 or email if you wish to buy How an Island Lost its People. Price £9.99.

Text and photographs provided by Pauline Dowling on 18th December 2013

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