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Life and Death on Little Ross By David R. Collin

Life and Death on Little Ross by David R. Collin

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A tale of 117 years of devotion to duty, peacefulness and calm, disrupted forever by a day of inexplicable violence. It also tells of a community's battle to have a lighthouse built and includes extracts from a lighthouse keeper's detailed diary written during WWI on Little Ross.

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Life and Death on Little Ross: The Story of an Island, a Lighthouse and its Keepers by David R. Collin

Little Ross is an attractive and unspoiled island and its lighthouse, beautifully designed by the famous Stevenson family, is officially a 'lesser' light, far away from busy sea lanes, at the summit of this remote island.The island was unknown to most people until 1960 when a murder in the lighthouse buildings brought it widespread notoriety, to the grief and consternation of all who were involved. The author was at the island on the day of the murder, and was a witness in the High Court trial that followed. Over the subsequent 57 years, he has repeatedly been asked to tell his story but the 117 years of diligent tending of the light by numerous lighthouse keepers and their families has been largely forgotten. In Life and Death on Little Ross, the author has redressed the balance by telling the story of the island, its lighthouse and its people who lived and worked there including extracts from a detailed diary that has survived from WWI. Also featured are the island's earliest inhabitants, the ships and their crews that came to grief, the case made by concerned local people for a lighthouse to be erected, the political wrangling that frustrated its approval for many years, the lighthouse design, and the eventual construction of the buildings.The story did not end with the murder. The process of automation began immediately after the event and the work of conversion, repair and maintenance, including first-hand accounts by some of the tradesmen is provided. The story of the restoration and conversion of the lighthouse keepers' derelict cottages is one of courage, patience, stamina, skill and resourcefulness which should inspire all of the many people that love wild, beautiful and unspoiled places like Little Ross Island and care about the future of buildings of distinction.

Life and Death on Little Ross Reviews

`...meticulous, scrupulously accurate, detailed, and almost dauntingly comprehensive research presented in an easy, readable style lit by flashes of humour. `Impressive' is indeed the appropriate word for the entire book...' Transactions of Dumfries & Galloway Natural History & Antiquarian Society -------------------- `Lighthouse communities whose lives were physically, socially and geographically confined have now been much more widely revealed and recognized. David Collin set out to pay tribute to them and his research has certainly achieved that'. Bulletin of Liverpool Nautical research Society -------------------- `Collin has written a broad-ranging human and natural history of the island, its keepers, and their families. ...Collin writes with great knowledge and affection for the island... ...we are fortunate that Collin has set down the history of a small island lighthouse that might have otherwise faded into obscurity'. The Lightkeeper -------------------- `Without doubt this is a valuable social document'. FLASH, The Trinity House Journal -------------------- '...a full history of the much-appreciated island'. Scottish Island Explorer -------------------- `...this extraordinarily detailed book. Colin goes to great effort to provide the reader with every detail imagined about the island and its lighthouse. ...Life and Death on Little Ross is a comprehensive and thoroughly researched history of the island and its lighthouse. ...the book is very well written and a tribute to a bygone way of life'. World Lighthouse Society -------------------- `...this exhaustively researched book...Collin's dedication is second to none...' Sunday Herald -------------------- `...a fine historical work about an almost forgotten subject. ...Colin sketches a beautiful portrait of the island... A wonderful book'. Moors Magazine

About David R. Collin

David R. Collin is a retired architect, a founder member of Kirkcudbright Sailing Club and the founding Chairman of Kirkcudbright History Society. He is the author of the acclaimed Kirkcudbright's Prince of Denmark and her voyages in the South Seas and has had numerous articles published.

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Life and Death on Little Ross: The Story of an Island, a Lighthouse and its Keepers by David R. Collin
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