61 – John Macfarlane

In this special Christmas episode I talk with Brigadier John MacFarlane who grew up in Tobermory during WW2, where his family ran MacFarlane’s the shop on the main street.
We talk about life in Tobermory in World War 2, the roots of his family and how they came to live on Mull, the founding of Tobermory Distillery, the characters of his youth, we hear a remarkable tale about life on the Isle of Lunga, and discuss the nature of Gaelic in the Tobermory of his youth.

A very merry christmas to you if you’re listening as the episode goes out!

If you’ve enjoyed this episode and were able to and wanted to support the podcast, this month could we ask you to consider a donation towards our local foodbank, Mull and Iona Pantry, which can be found here. Any support is much appreciated, thank you.

Thanks so much for listening!
Nollaig Chridheil dhut!

[Temporary photo sourced from the internet – will be replaced soon – le mòran taing gu BBC Alba]

Episode Links:

HMS Western Isles

Admiral Sir Gilbert Stevenson

I Know Where I’m Going

Henri Honoré d’Estienne d’Orves

Commondant Drogu / HMS Chrysanthemum



Photos of Royal Navy boats in Tobermory from the Imperial War Museum


Glen Kinglass

Tobermory Distillery

Justice of the Peace

The Loch Line


Treshnish Isles

Frank Fraser Darling – Island Years

Tobar an Dualachais – Kenneth Macfarlane, John’s Uncle. This is a link well worth checking out to give you more history on the place names of Mull and lots more.

Dingane – the Zulu chief

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