Jura Lives interviewed people over a two-year period about their living memories of the island of Jura in Argyll and Bute. It resulted in over 180 hours of audio recordings. By hosting some of the highlights from this collection, Scran is enabling access to a great resource for finding out about how life has changed on the island since World War One for residents and visitors … [Read more...] about Jura Lives Project
Just outside Craighouse where the Corran River flows under the Three Arches Bridge is a right turn from the main road to a beautiful part of Jura. If you follow this road you eventually end up on a wee hill at Ardfernal offering great panoramic views over the island. I want to share a beautiful panorama image of that view together with some information and historic photo's from … [Read more...] about Knockrome and Ardfernal Crofting Townships
Between the late eighteenth and mid-nineteenth centuries many crofters in the Scottish Highlands were forced to continue crofting on inferior lands and many of them chose to emigrate, often to countries such as the US and Canada. For some reason, not known to me, many people that migrated from Jura ended up in North Carolina. This forced movement of people is known as "The … [Read more...] about Jura Genealogy – Trace your Jura Ancestors
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?