Letters to the editor – 16.7.20

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Comb back chair mystery

Could readers of the Oban Times assist in adding to the record of this West Highland type of chair.
Recorded at Auchendrain Township with Rachael Thomas, curator, a rather well made comb back chair was found when it became a museum, and is a particularly good example.

Lilias Noble of Dunderave Castle on Loch Fyne was recommended by architect Robert Lorimer to install such chairs made by a family known as Campbell’s of Loch Awe in 1911.

Can this Campbell family be identified? Chairs of the type are often kept out of love.

It would be great to hear of other ‘cutty’ stools/chairs in private ownership, to add to the record of this unique Highland tradition.
Crissie White
Regional Furniture Society
crissiewhite@ntlworld.com

Train travel woes

For quite a few years I have been travelling from Yorkshire visiting a relative on Iona several times a year by public transport.

It was possible to leave home around 0630 and arrive on Iona around 12 hours later hoping that four trains, two ferries and one bus all connected successfully – which thankfully usually worked!

I now see that the usual 1600 ferry from Oban to Craignure leaves at 1530, so the connection of the 1528 Scotrail train arrival from Glasgow Queen Street is no longer viable.

Have other travellers drawn your attention to this fact?
David Leonard
Starbeck, Harrogate
North Yorkshire