There are quite a few resources available online where you can find images of days gone by as well as old postcards. A good example is the post I wrote in January called Jura in the old days. In that post I referred to a website that holds a large gallery of images from people who lived on Jura. Yesterday, when I wrote about Neil King's Scotland images on the Islay Blog, I … [Read more...] about Old Jura Estate Images
I'm a big fan of old images and postcards and one of the best resources comes from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS). It's a mouth full, I know, but there is lots to be found as well. The site has several collections and the one I'm most fascinated of is the Canmore Database. The best explanation for the contents of the Canmore … [Read more...] about Craighouse Jura in 1817 from the Canmore Database
I found an interesting article in the Times Online about the Jura Malt Whisky Writer Retreat programme and the differences between the circumstances Orwell lived and worked in and the writers that join the programme and settle in the Jura Lodge, next to the Distillery in Craighouse. It's like Clive James wrote in his essay The All of Orwell, "To write like him, you need a life … [Read more...] about Jura According to Modern Writers
The name Jura is believed to originate from the Norse 'Island of the Deer' but do we know that for certain? I know I have it written down on the main page of my website which doesn't mean it's true of course. When I heard about the island for the first time and started reading about it in several books and online, the most common explanation for the name was Island of Deer. … [Read more...] about Jura – Island of Deer or The Cursed Isle?
Gavin, a reader of the Jura Blog, sent me a link to a remarkable Jura related website which turned out to be a highly interesting resource. The website is hosted at rootsweb and is a treat for genealogists and others. The pages are created by Susan M. Rumble and are about her family tree which contains information personally researched. These pages also include research gifted … [Read more...] about Jura in the Old Days