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What is your family background? - Jim Hunter
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_03_JIM_HUNTER_Q_01
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Jim Hunter
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41019
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
familybackground

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Professor Jim Hunter answers the question:

'What is your family background?'

'Well, I'm originally from Duror which is a wee place just south of Ballachulish, about five, six miles south of Ballachulish, on the way to Oban, and I was born there in 1948 and grew up there and stayed there until I went off to university; went to secondary school in Oban.

Interviewer: Oh, so were you boarding in Oban?

No, no, we travelled every day and, in fact, by railway; there was a, there was still a train that then ran from Oban up to Ballachulish which, well it closed actually when I was in, I don't know, about fifth year in school, in the sort of later 1960s, part of the Beeching's cuts.'


BIOGRAPHY

Professor James Hunter CBE FRSE is director of the Dornoch-based UHI Centre for History, UHI being the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. The author of eleven books on Highlands and Islands themes, he has also been active in the public life of the region. In the mid-1980s he became the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union, now the Scottish Crofting Foundation. More recently he was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the north of Scotland's development agency. In the course of a varied career, Jim has also been a journalist and broadcaster. He is presently a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage and chairs SNH's Scientific Advisory Committee.

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What is your family background? - Jim Hunter

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; familybackground;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Professor Jim Hunter answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'What is your family background?' <br /> <br /> 'Well, I'm originally from Duror which is a wee place just south of Ballachulish, about five, six miles south of Ballachulish, on the way to Oban, and I was born there in 1948 and grew up there and stayed there until I went off to university; went to secondary school in Oban.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Oh, so were you boarding in Oban?<br /> <br /> No, no, we travelled every day and, in fact, by railway; there was a, there was still a train that then ran from Oban up to Ballachulish which, well it closed actually when I was in, I don't know, about fifth year in school, in the sort of later 1960s, part of the Beeching's cuts.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Professor James Hunter CBE FRSE is director of the Dornoch-based UHI Centre for History, UHI being the prospective University of the Highlands and Islands. The author of eleven books on Highlands and Islands themes, he has also been active in the public life of the region. In the mid-1980s he became the first director of the Scottish Crofters Union, now the Scottish Crofting Foundation. More recently he was chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the north of Scotland's development agency. In the course of a varied career, Jim has also been a journalist and broadcaster. He is presently a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage and chairs SNH's Scientific Advisory Committee.