Category Archives: Islands

Scottish Remained Clannish in America for Generations

How accurate are geneological records on Ancestry.com? I had assumed the Buies were genetically isolated for hundreds of years on the Isle of Jura, Scotland. But Ancestry.com suggests they may have only inhabited Jura for only a few generations. My … Continue reading

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‘The Crofter and the Laird’ By John McPhee

I’d really like to read this book, “The Crofter and the Laird,” by John McPhee, as my own heritage in the Scottish Hebrides is similar to McPhee’s. We are both descended from ancient Celtic tribes that inhabited that region. In … Continue reading

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Farewell to Jura, Scotland, My Ancestral Homeland

From Jura Lives: https://soundcloud.com/juralives/farewell-to-jura

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Getting in Touch With Your Inner Viking

Click for History Channel Series, “The Vikings” On my recent trip to Scotland, I learned that I likely have Viking heritage, since the Vikings, or Norsemen, Danes, and Swedes, migrated to or invaded the Inner Hebrides islands and Ulster in … Continue reading

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20-minute Flight From Jura to Glasgow Or 9 Hours By Land: We Took the Land Route

¬† The journey by land from the Isle of Jura in the Southern Hebrides to Ayr, Scotland on the Western mainland was a long one, nearly 11 hours. If we could have booked a flight on a 20-seater puddle-jumper, just … Continue reading

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Story of Clan MacDonald, ‘Lord of the Isles’

“In the Fifteenth Century much of the Scottish western islands called the Inner Hebrides were controlled by the Clan Donald. The supreme ruler was the Lord of the Isles. So powerful was the clan that the King of Scotland could … Continue reading

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Following in the Footsteps of George Orwell, Who Wrote ‘1984’ Classic on Isle of Jura and Covered Spanish Civil War

In our summer travels, my wife and I kept running into the literary legacy of George Orwell, the pen name of Eric Arthur Blair. In Barcelona, we learned that in the 1930s, he covered the Spanish civil war and wrote … Continue reading

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