Friday Photo; Reflections on Mingulay

Today the Islands Book Trust is hosting a two-day event to mark the centenary of the end of permanent human settlement on Mingulay, with our very own David Powell as one of the speakers!  The Trust will also be launching a new book featuring excerpts from the Mingulay School Log Book and commentaries from David and Ben Buxton.

Mingulay was home to a small community for many centuries, always facing formidable challenges but with a rich history and culture. The island was eventually abandoned as a place of permanent settlement in 1912, when the final resident moved to Vatersay, following a long struggle by the islanders to secure better land and conditions.

The Islands Book Trust also plan the following initiatives in conjunction with the event:

• A Mingulay Centenary Ceilidh in Barra on the evening of Friday 15th June

• Production of postcards and a special postal cover to mark the centenary of Mingulay’s abandonment

• Refurbishment of the headstone on the grave of John Finlayson, the schoolmaster on Mingulay for many years, who is buried on Barra.

We’ve featured these two pictures before on the blog, but I wanted to take this opportunity to re-post them, as they are both such great images.  Both images were taken in 1909, the top photo is of a blackhouse village on Mingulay, while the bottom image features from left to right, Hector Macneil (Mingulay), Angus Macneil (Vatersay), John Mackinnon (Mingulay) and Michail Macneil (Vatersay).

(Text about event is  from IBT ‘Reflections on Mingulay’ programme leaflet)

About David Powell

Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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