"Quite astonishing. And even the Gaelic names are spelt correctly. The book is in many ways unusually frank and the portraits incisive.... neither sentimental nor judgmental, but clear-cut and sensible." -- Iain Crichton-Smith
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"...The first Lord Strathcona's only child was a daughter, and through something called a "special remainder", cordially dispensed by the Crown, permission was granted that his title pass to her. Thus the second Baron was a woman. Her husband, R J B Howard, was a Canadian physician. Their grandson Euan Howard is the Fourth Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, and Colonsay's present laird.
"The laird, with his legs stretched out, is sitting, sipping whisky, on a low bench before a log fire at Colonsay House in late evening, his wife beside him. He has been considering, with only signs of emotion, the fact that he is the least popular man on the island that he owns. He accepts this as inevitable, if not pleasant. He is sorry, but he cannot accept the anachronism he stepped into when he became laird in 1959. It is an odd summer place indeed that includes a hundred and thirty-eight dependant people. Embalmed in law, the crofting system of the Highlands is borne forward ever more incongruously toward the twenty-first century, perfectly protecting people from the terrors of the eighteenth century while isolating them from the twentieth...." from pp 123-4