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After producing MORVERN LINES every week without a break for 10 years, Iain Thornber, our correspondent from Morvern, has suggested altering the context and format of his weekly column.

The proposal is to reduce the text and have more themed photographs drawn weekly from his extensive and interesting collection of old photographs. We hope our readers will enjoy the change.

In 1883 George Herbert Strutt, a Derbyshire cotton manufacturer, leased Ardkinglas estate on Lochfyne-side from the Campbells.

His interest lay in its sport and ready access to the open waters of the Hebrides. Strutt spent a fortune on the old house, its grounds, bridges, pony tracks and employed a large staff.

When the lease was due to be renewed in 1902 the rent increased by a huge amount on account of the improvements Strutt had himself paid for. He was so incensed he refused and went on to buy Kingairloch estate the following year taking a number of local employees with him. Kingairloch remained Strutt property until 1987 when the family sold out to Foster Yeoman Ltd, the Somerset giant quarrying company.

George Herbert Strutt (1854-1928) was a keen photographer and a member of the Derbyshire Photographic Society. His children were given cameras at an early age and between them all they captured life on Loch Fyne-side and at Kingairloch which would otherwise have been lost.