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Talking to myself

Feels kind of weird, all alone here in my little blog, posting posts that nobody reads…. The site is starting to come together, although I’m feeling a bit hesitant about putting down the actual history. I mean, I’m not a historian, nor am I an expert on Gigha, Tarbert or anywhere else in Scotland. So it is a strange notepad… (more…)

Creating Order…

I had intended to use this burst of energy to complete a chapter for “Agnes’ Story”, but it looks like what I’m really doing is using this blog to get organised. In many ways I am sort of doing the appendices of a book, filling in references and links, cataloging images and getting my thoughts in order. I am still trying… (more…)

Where to start?

There’s something necessarily messy about genealogies and family history. Which is why I don’t know if and where to start. Years ago, I needed to answer a burning question, am I Celtic? I felt Celtic (whatever that is), I have fairish skin, I’m Scottish and I have a strong desire to be in Scotland, most of the time. So I decided to ask my grandmother about… (more…)


This is the story of my Gigha connection. Isabella McDonald was born in Gigha in 1850. Her family lived in the little clachan, or farm village of Ardelay, now a bleak hillside dotted with the tumbled ruins and stones of the old crofts. She is the last of of my ancestors born in Gigha, a woman about whom we know… (more…)