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