A Talk by Tom Aitcheson on September 10th 2019

romhc Friday, 13 September 2019

A Gift of Maps

‘Do we know where we are going?’ was the witty title of a talk by Tom Aitchison, of Kintra and Hamilton, a long-standing supporter of RoMHC. He showed a series of old maps featuring the Ross of Mull, pointing out how growing accuracy of cartography went alongside the growth and naming (and clearance) of communities.

He has given us laminated A3 copies of eight of these, which will be displayed, or available for study, in the Historical Centre. We are very grateful for the talk and this ongoing resource.

The evening of 10 September was dreich, but there was a good turn-out – approximately 40 people. They were rewarded, after the talk, by a stylish silent film, a MacBrayne’s travelogue advertising the voyage of the King George around Mull. And then there was a premiere – the first public showing of The Fisherman’s Daughter.

This film of a selkie tale was made by Tom Chick at the start of his career, and set in Iona and the Ross of Mull. Starring Mark Jardine, with supporting parts played by Euphie Wood, Maimie Brunton and Cathy Adam of Bunessan, it is just seven minutes long – and we enjoyed all of them.

After light refreshments (and very generous donations) the gathering settled down to watch a film, a golden oldie, which (maybe) answered the opening question: ‘I know where I’m going.’

Jan Sutch Pickard

Here is the link to the short film "The Fisherman's Daughter https://vimeo.com/21152824

The Ross of Mull is an extraordinary microcosm of all that draws visitors to the Hebridean Islands. The scenery, as you travel along the single-track road from the ferry at Craignure is breath-taking. You experience in the many walks in the area a true sense of wilderness; the secret bays with their beaches of silvery sand, the abundance of wildlife and the innumerable marks on the landscape of the lives of past generations and communities long gone. The Ross of Mull is a compelling place for anyone fascinated by history and the ancient way of life of the Gaelic people.

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