Clas­sic book is now avail­able af­ter so­ci­ety ob­tains per­mis­sion for a sec­ond edi­tion

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

THE late Eoin McArthur’s book Return to

Loch Fyne orig­i­nally had short print run but has been out of print for some time.

How­ever, Stra­chur and District Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety ob­tained per­mis­sion from Eoin’s lit­er­ary ex­ecu­tors to pub­lish a re­print and has pro­duced its sec­ond edi­tion.

The so­ci­ety said: ‘Eoin McArthur and his fam­ily spent their sum­mer hol- idays at St Cather­ine’s on the east­ern shore of up­per Loch Fyne for many years in the 1920s and 1930s. It was the home of his fa­ther’s par­ents.

‘In 1962, he pur­chased a house at St Cather­ine’s to be used as a hol­i­day home and in 1984 moved per­ma­nently to this house on re­tire­ment.

‘His in­ter­est grew in the sur­round­ing area and in the wider his­tory of the McArthur clan and Ar­gyll gen­er­ally. He gath­ered in­for­ma­tion from many sources and recorded it so that what emerged out of these notes was a kind of scrap­book of the district. Eoin ac­knowl­edged his debt to the au­thors of the many books he read, as well as all the peo­ple he lis­tened to over the years who had a per­sonal knowl­edge of the district.

‘But it was Eoin’s gift of nar­ra­tive that wove his col­lec­tion of his­tor­i­cal fact and whim­si­cal anec­dote into a coat of many colours. Each turn of the page, like a twist of the kalei­do­scope, dis­plays some new gem for our in­ter­est, amuse­ment and de­light.

‘Many ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, in times gone by, had a lo­cal his­tory com­posed of colour- ful in­di­vid­u­als and spir­ited in­ter­ac­tions be­tween them, but not ev­ery place had a bard to cap­ture that his­tory as Eoin did for the cra­dle of his youth and the arm­chair of his re­tire­ment. He is re­mem­bered with af­fec­tion; his pass­ing is mourned by his many friends and this wee book, his legacy, en­sures he will not soon be for­got­ten.’

The book can be bought at Stra­chur fill­ing sta­tion, Creg­gans Inn, Here We Are at Cairn­dow, Book­point in Dunoon and from mem­bers of the Stra­chur and District Lo­cal His­tory So­ci­ety, priced £ 8.

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