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By Keith Branigan

"Barra - Episodes from an Island's heritage" appears to be like at a dozen episodes of specific curiosity and significance within the historical past of Barra and the Bishop's Isles, from the time of the Pioneers who first settled the islands round 3500 BC to the Vatersay Raiders of 1906. In analyzing approximately those occasions you will additionally meet the various vibrant characters who've peopled Barra over the centuries from the Viking invader Onund Woodenleg, and the piratical leader Rory the Tartar, to the Macneil who fought at Corunna and Waterloo, went spectacularly bankrupt, after which went directly to develop into one in all Britain's such a lot senior squaddies. you will additionally witness the infamous clearances by the hands of Colonel Gordon of Cluny and the tragic destiny of 350 passengers at the Annie Jane in 1853. Weaving jointly the proof of archaeology, ancient records and oral culture this booklet offers a desirable review of six thousand years of Barra's history.

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