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The Isle of Foula

The Isle of Foula (Paperback)

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...the Thule of the ancient world; the Iona of the North, and the source of Christianity; its feudal tenure and its line of petty kings; its folk tales and quaint survivals, and its remnants of medieval poetry recently discovered - not to mention that it is an ornithologist's paradise, and even boasts a variety of mouse (Mus Thulensis) peculiar to itself...A BOOK OF EXTRAORDINARY RARITY, Ian Stoughton Holbourn's The Isle of Foula remains the classic account of this lonely and beautiful island off Shetland. First published in 1937, it gives a glimpse both of the enormous range of interests of the author and the enduring fascination of this most remote of islands. As well as being a superb work of scholarship, the book is full of human interest and memories of the people of Foula from the early years of the twentieth century.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish history Publisher: Birlinn General Publication Date: 01/09/2001 ISBN-13: 9781841581613  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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HAVING FALLEN IN love with this island at the end of the nineteenth century, Ian Stoughton Holbourn bought Foula and the title Laird of Foula after three years' negotiation. He came to regard it as home, despite a peripatetic life as a university lecturer that took him as far afield as Minnesota, where he was a part-time Professor of Art and Archaeology. He died in 1935.

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