Books for lonely St Kilda and other is­land mem­o­ries

The Oban Times - - Districts -

IT WAS a plea­sure, a few weeks ago, to wel­come the grand­daugh­ter of the late Nor­man John Gil­lies who came with his fam­ily to Morvern from St Kilda fol­low­ing the evac­u­a­tion of his an­ces­tral home in 1930.

The visit brought back many mem­o­ries for the few res­i­dents who can re­call the St Kil­dans and the life they made for them­selves in the par­ish.

Co­in­cid­ing with the visit, an in­ter­est­ing let­ter has come to light writ­ten by the Rev An­gus Fid­des, the last Free Church Min­is­ter on St KIlda who was on the is­land from 1889 to 1903. It was writ­ten in Gaelic and ad­dressed to Mr Mal­colm Fer­gu­son (1814-1912), Moren­ish House, Cal­lan­der, who, on hear­ing that the St Kil­dans were try­ing to cre­ate a li­brary, had despatched a num­ber of books on the Du­nara Cas­tle ad­dressed to the min­is­ter.

Mal­colm Fer­gu­son, a na­tive and lo­cal bene­fac­tor of Killin, was the au­thor of sev­eral books and many ar­ti­cles which were pub­lished in The Oban Times in 1878. The fol­low­ing is a trans­la­tion of the re­ply from Mr Fid­des.

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