At a book launch in Leurbost Community Centre last week, hosted by North Lochs Historical Society, Bill Lawson of Northton in Harris, launched his 60th publication, Lewis in History and Legend, The East Coast, covering the area from Tolsta to South Lochs.
In this book, the second in the series on Lewis, he deals with the townships of the east coast of the island, from Tolsta in the north to the boundary with Harris in the south, and with Stornoway, the commercial and administrative capital of the island. In his own inimitable style, he traces the story of the island from earliest times to the present day, describing the landscape and the physical remains of the past. More importantly, however, charts the history of the people themselves, weaving his way through the centuries with stories drawn from documented sources, oral tradition, Gaelic song and from his own experiences of many years travelling around the island and researching the history of its families. The result is a unique insight in to the way of life and history of an island. The book is highly illustrated with photographs old and new.
The book was published by Birlinn Ltd and is available from www.BillLawson.com and the usual local outlets.
Pictured above Bill Lawson signs a copy of his latest title at the launch.