Bill Lawson has published another book about Hebridean migration, this time to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I had always just assumed that people from the Hebrides, who settled in Canada, went to the maritime provinces, especially Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island. Bill is a highly respected genealogist and fount of knowledge about family and social history throughout the Hebrides.
Our visits to his research centre, Seallam! on Harris are always a highlight on our Scottish Skeins and Skerries tours. We'll be visiting Bill and his wife, Chris, again in 2014. Take some time to read through his site, with the links: http://www.billlawson.com/links.htm
Also received information about a BBC presentation: http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20131106-a-land-of-legend-far-faroe-away/2 (Thanks Ann) The article is both a visit to one of the smaller islands in the chain, but I found the historical description of the Faroes more interesting. It shows how there is never one story, but a number of interpretations.
We'll be visiting the Faroes briefly during the 'Follow the Viking Route Cruise and Tour' in May 2014 as part of our cruise on the MS Fram. www.joycejamestours.com
I finished the mitred-square blanket last week and hope my grandson likes it. Will try to get a photo on my next blog.