I have been patiently waiting to obtain a copy of the late Alick Morrison’s (1911-2005) 1961 book:
An Ribheid Chiuil
being the Poems of
Iain Archie MacAskill, 1898-1933
Bard of Berneray, Harris
When a signed copy appeared for sale the temptation proved irresistible!
What has proved a most intriguing surprise, however, is the handwritten inscription:
To Fred Macaulay
With Kindest Regards
I shall have to do a little more checking but the name Fred MacAulay is extremely rare in Scotland and it seems entirely plausible that Alick Morrison would sign a copy of his new book for the fellow Gaelic scholar from just across the Sound of Berneray?
Incidentally, Fred MacAualy was named, via a relative Frederick Thomas Gillies, after Captain FWL Thomas.