by Jenni Minto , Les Wilson
A unique history of Islay, seen through the eyes of the island’s inhabitants over a period of hundreds of years
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Many travellers have had their imaginations captured by the beautiful Hebridean island of Islay and have been moved to write about it, among them the renowned Thomas Pennant and Martin Martin. But Ileachs – the natives of Islay – have also been inspired to record their experience. These have included Gaelic bards, the folklorist John Francis Campbell and the crusader for crofters’ right, John Murdoch.
Then, there were the business writers of Islay – the estate factors, distillery managers, and public servants with their revealing memos, legal documents and accounts of their endeavours. And there were the ‘non-professional’ writers – the diary and letter writers whose intensely personal musings give us startling insights into the lives of the ordinary Ileachs that historians all too often ignore.
The written records of Islay are varied, rich and rewarding. This anthology distils the essence of Islay through a very personal selection of writing. Some of the writing is profound, some of it quirky, but all reveals a fascinating aspect of Islay that together presents a revealing and moving ‘people’s history’ of Islay.
Jenni Minto studied accountancy at Aberdeen University and worked for BBC Scotland in a variety of business support roles. She has played a prominent role in setting up of Islay’s community owned wind turbine and currently works at the Museum of Islay Life.
Les Wilson is a writer, and award winning documentary maker who specialises in Scottish Historical subjects. Jenni and Les are married and moved to Islay of Islay in 2011, after having a holiday home there for many years. He is the author of The Drowned and the Saved (Birlinn, 2018).