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Eilean nan Ron - Island of the Seals: one mile offshore from Skerray and inhabited since the late 1700s. This small island group supported over 70 people in 1900 but as herring stocks declined and World War I took its toll, the population fell and island life was no longer sustainable. The last 4 families departed in 1938 in a storm on December 6th. In the right part of the double cottage pictured lived Chrissie Dolina with her older brothers, Hector and John-George, children of George & Barbara Mackay. Next door lived Chrissie’s aunt, Christabel (widow of George’s brother, Hugh), with her children: Jessie Ann, Willie John and Hugh. Christabel was the mother figure for all after Chrissie Dolina’s own mother died in 1910, and her father in 1937. The house ruins stand today as a crumbling testimony to a hard but happy life.