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'The Travel Diary of Isabel Burton MacKenzie 1912'

Author: Alyne E.Jones

In 1912, the Highland Home Industries sent Isabell Burton MacKenzie on a mission to the Western Isles of Scotland, as their first Organiser. She left her home, Kilcoy Castle, travelling to live in the remote Hebridean Islands whose communities, bound by close ties of kindred, hardship, religion and shared dangers, were rarely penetrated by strangers. At a time when the world was changing irrevocably she captured everyday island life with her Vest Pocket Kodak Camera, her exquisite pen and ink drawings and her pertinent, if quirky, observations. Her diary gives a unique glimpse into the islanders way of life, dwellings, customs and beliefs, due to her exceptional insight, pioneering spirit and her command of Gaelic. The brutal Highland Clearances within living memory and the horsemen from the Hebrides soon to leave to serve in World War 1, at a time of social and political turbulence, her diary reveals a vanishing world. 

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