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A story and a yarn

Ian Stephen

Ian Stephen was born in the Isle of

Lewis, Scotland where he lives today.

A former coastguard officer, he won

the Robert Louis Stevenson award in

1995, and represented Scotland in

Canada as part of the Scottish Poetry

Library’s Commonwealth Poets united series in 2014.

Of the following tale, he says, "I heard this from Chrisella

Ross, in

an Lanntair

, Stornoway, November 2013. My

retelling is based on memory and some handwritten notes.

She ascribed the original source as one Lachlan Mor (mac


ic Mhuirich) one of the dynasty of

MacVurichs, bards to Clanranald.

"The role of Clanranald features strongly in the learned,

illustrated travelogue of Professor Murdo Macdonald; this

resource is a generous sharing of the author

s personal

recollections. These are brimful with cultural references

ranging from the culture of seafaring to a summary of the

marks that artist-makers have left in the landscape of the

Highlands and islands, over centuries."