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TITLE
Oban Bay
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0847
PLACENAME
Oban
DISTRICT
South Lorn
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilmore and Kilbride
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10739
KEYWORDS
social histories
tourism
steamer
photograph
towns
ports
fishing
Oban Bay

In the 18th century Oban was a small fishing and trading village. With the coming of the Victorian steamers to the port and the railway to the town, Oban grew to become the principal town in the district of Argyll. Sheltered from all but the most severe weather by the island of Kerrera, Oban became the main port of departure for the Western Isles and a regular stopping-off port for steamers going from Inverness to Glasgow through the Caledonian and Crinan Canals. This view looking north to Oban Bay was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.

Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Oban Bay

ARGYLL: Kilmore and Kilbride

20c

social histories; tourism; steamer; photograph; towns; ports; fishing

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

In the 18th century Oban was a small fishing and trading village. With the coming of the Victorian steamers to the port and the railway to the town, Oban grew to become the principal town in the district of Argyll. Sheltered from all but the most severe weather by the island of Kerrera, Oban became the main port of departure for the Western Isles and a regular stopping-off port for steamers going from Inverness to Glasgow through the Caledonian and Crinan Canals. This view looking north to Oban Bay was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson. <br /> <br /> Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.