Retired Canna House archivist dies aged 70

Former Canna House archivist Magda Sagarzazu has died aged 70

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Former Canna House archivist Magda Sagarzazu has died aged 70.

The retired archivist, who was a personal friend of well- known folklorist John Lorne Campbell and his Pittsburgh-born wife Margaret Fay Shaw and became the highly-respected keeper of their nationally important collection of Gaelic culture and language, passed away in San Sebastian on Wednesday June 3, with her husband Joaquin and family around her.

‘Her family in Scotland were unable to travel to be with her but hope to have a memorial in Scotland when travel restrictions ease,’ said Fiona Mackenzie, current Canna House archivist.

The Literary Archive at Canna House consists of many thousands of individual items including personal diaries, 9,000 photographs, transcribed music, original letters and manuscripts.

John Lorne Campbell’s sound archive alone, comprises more than 1,500 field recordings of Gaelic songs and stories from the 1930s and 1940s, says the Isle of Canna website.

A full obituary will appear in next week’s  Oban Times and Lochaber Times.