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Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles

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by Colin Scott Mackenzie

This booklet offers a fascinating insight into the similarities and differences between the Western Isles, Orkney, and Shetland.

The author, Colin Scott Mackenzie, is uniquely qualified to do so, because he has served for many years as Sheriff in all three island groups. The aim is to provoke discussion and debate among islanders who have much to learn from each other.

Sheriff Mackenzie comes from a distinguished Stornoway family. As well as his legal pedigree, he is related to such well-known historical writers as William Cook Mackenzie and Agnes Mure Mackenzie. Colin has himself recorded the adventures of the Ross Mountain Battery at Gallipoli in the First World War in his three volume history “The Last Warrior Band” (2002).


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