Family Legends

This page is dedicated to the Scottish Book Trust project I took part in as community ambassador for the Inverness region, Highlands, Scotland.




Everyone has a relative whose stories are passed on from one generation to the next -a legend in their own right. They might be a great uncle renowned for their bravery or skill or a granny notorious for her adventures and scrapes…..

So we set out to capture the tales that make up our collective heritage. We asked members of the public to send us their family stories and the response was overwhelming. Over 700 people shared their legends on our website or sent them by post.

Although only a small selection of the stories is presented here, we hope that this book will give you a taste of the diversity of Scottish culture…..

Mark Lambert CEO -Scottish Book Trust

Thank you to Claire for sending me some sweeties and a lovely thank you card. The book is a great piece of community work -a lovely reflection of Scotland’s history through people’s real life stories about their legendary family members. From authors involved in the project, to community ambassadors and lots of people, this collection is an endearing set of  tales. My favourite sections are Great Grandparents, War Stories, Larger than Life and Childhood Legends – there’s more to feast on including one or two famous legends as well.

I really enjoyed being involved – it’s one of the best community programmes I have taken part in, and feel very honoured to have had the opportunity to listen to people’s stories and to have worked with the Scottish Book Trust.

Thank you Claire and Helen and everyone else. X

Diary: 29 March 2011

Yesterday I was at a local library collecting more stories from local folk. It was a busy morning; Shinty, sponsored walk, meditation class and a very busy library. A lady called Ada sat with me for most of the morning talking about her family history and the research she had done. She said I was to talk to D.P – our local plumber about people as he knew so much. Her story was about her father, who had fought in Burma during the war. Our councillor came by, and she told me about a special lady in the Highlands. The librarian Christine said I was to go talk to her father who was 90 years old. Someone who was related to George Bain said they had a story to tell as well.

Diary: 12 February 2011

After a day at SBT off the High Street in Edinburgh, on 24th January, I came home and thought about my plans for the programme with just two months left.

Last night, Friday 11th February, I went along to Inverness Book Club  in Clachnaharry, a small hamlet tucked in between a busy road and the start of the Caledonian Canal.


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