Local History Project - Scottish Women's Rural Institute - Isle of Islay Federation

1968: One of the projects which marked the Jubilee of the Scottish Women's Rural Institutes was a nation-wide competition in local history. Each of the Islay Institutes took part. The essay on Port Ellen was selected for display at the S.W.R.I. Jubilee Exhibition in Edinburgh and the judges expressed the hope that all the Islay entries would be published.

Six Islay women participated in this project, each writing about their own "Institute" or parish. The result is one of the most fascinating booklets about Islay's history and modern day life of the late 1960s, now almost 50 years ago. This is a must read for everyone interested in Islay, for locals and visitors, for birders and whisky enthusiasts, for walkers and climbers, for genealogists and tourists, for everyone!

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Islay History | Standing Stones | Finlaggan | Islay Carved Stones | The Campbells | Walter Campbell | John Francis Campbell | Islay Clearances | Leaving Islay | Islay Genealogy | Islay in 1703 | 1869 Baptist Letter | Islay Shipwrecks | Exmouth Tragedy | Troopship Tuscania | Otranto and Tuscania | Dougie MacDougall | Ferry History | Cultoon and Ballinaby | Sunderland Flying Boat Tragedy | Kilchoman Bards


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Norman Newton - Islay guide
A small book loaded with gorgeous photo's and practical Information. Lightweight and soft sided makes an ideal companion on Islay.
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