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Canna: The Story of a Hebridean Island

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This is the definitive history of Canna, one of the most beautiful of all the Scottish islands. Fertile and with a sheltered harbour, Canna has played an important part in the story of the Hebrides.

After the Reformation the island was of considerable importance to the Irish Franciscan mission of the 1620s and also the Jacobite risings before it was swept up in the tragedies of depopulation and clearances of the nineteenth century.

Gifted to the National Trust in 1981, the island is currently undergoing something of a revival, with the creation of the St Edward Centre on Sanday, and the proposed developments of Canna House.

Recent archaeological surveys and historical research has uncovered much new evidence about the island. Hugh Cheape of the Royal Museum of Scotland, who has been intimately involved in the Canna project, has fully edited the book. New contributions both update and fill out the account of the island.

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