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TITLE
Duncan Macpherson
EXTERNAL ID
HCD01064
PLACENAME
Kyle of Lochalsh
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12691
KEYWORDS
Duncan Macpherson
photographer
pharmacist
author
Kyle of Lochalsh
Vest Pocket Guide
Duncan Macpherson

Duncan Macpherson, seen here in front of his pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh, was born on 24 May 1882 at Glenquithel in Aberdeenshire, one of five children. After graduating as a pharmacist, gaining experience in various parts of England and working for several seasons at the spa in Strathpeffer, Duncan settled in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1912. His father had been a native of Glenelg, and Duncan felt an affinity for the west. He set up a pharmacy close to the ferry jetty in Kyle, where he also pursued his great interest in photography, spending much of his free time travelling around the local area recording scenes of everyday life, landscapes and the comings and goings of people in the Kyle community.

Duncan married Margaret Maciver, a local girl, with whom he had a daughter, Mary, and a son, Neil, and they accompanied him on many of his expeditions. Duncan also found time to write and publish three books, 'Gateway to Skye' in 1946, 'Lure of the West' in 1950 and 'Where I Belong' in 1964. He produced postcards from some of his photographs and, from 1927 to 1960, published 'A Vest Pocket Guide to Skye and Lochalsh'. The guide was published annually and was a compilation of ferry timetables, hotel and hostel details and sites of historical interest, as well as humorous anecdotes. As is evident from his books, Duncan Macpherson took a keen interest in his local community, participating with enthusiasm in various activities until his death at the age of 84 in 1966


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Duncan Macpherson

ROSS: Lochalsh

1950s

Duncan Macpherson; photographer; pharmacist; author; Kyle of Lochalsh; Vest Pocket Guide

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

Duncan Macpherson, seen here in front of his pharmacy in Kyle of Lochalsh, was born on 24 May 1882 at Glenquithel in Aberdeenshire, one of five children. After graduating as a pharmacist, gaining experience in various parts of England and working for several seasons at the spa in Strathpeffer, Duncan settled in Kyle of Lochalsh in 1912. His father had been a native of Glenelg, and Duncan felt an affinity for the west. He set up a pharmacy close to the ferry jetty in Kyle, where he also pursued his great interest in photography, spending much of his free time travelling around the local area recording scenes of everyday life, landscapes and the comings and goings of people in the Kyle community.<br /> <br /> Duncan married Margaret Maciver, a local girl, with whom he had a daughter, Mary, and a son, Neil, and they accompanied him on many of his expeditions. Duncan also found time to write and publish three books, 'Gateway to Skye' in 1946, 'Lure of the West' in 1950 and 'Where I Belong' in 1964. He produced postcards from some of his photographs and, from 1927 to 1960, published 'A Vest Pocket Guide to Skye and Lochalsh'. The guide was published annually and was a compilation of ferry timetables, hotel and hostel details and sites of historical interest, as well as humorous anecdotes. As is evident from his books, Duncan Macpherson took a keen interest in his local community, participating with enthusiasm in various activities until his death at the age of 84 in 1966 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />