A second volume of Angus Martin's fascinating tales of the interesting and colourful men and women whose lives are revealed in their connection to this Kintyre cemetery.
These stories tell of feats of heroism or achievement, of misfortune or of everyday life - and told with humour, warmth and respect for times long gone; even if some may still recall those whose lives are so faithfully recreated in this volume, as in its predecessor An Historical and Genealogical Tour of Kilkerran Graveyard. Angus revealed when we were discussing the illustrations for this sequel that he had material enough for a third volume. I for one, would love to read it, as, I am sure would anyone interested in this enchanting corner of Scotland.
Angus was, and I think still is, Chairman of The Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society, and editor of The Kintyre Magazine. For many years my father, who signed himself as Mackean Stewart for his artwork, provided the covers for this publication until he was too ill to continue. Angus was a loyal friend to my father in his last months and advised him on the text for the (as yet unpublished) book of his Kintyre paintings entitled Almost an Island. He also provided some technical help for my father's final painting Mending the Trawl, Tarbert Harbour.
The drawings for this second book followed a more cohesive style than were my drawings from volume 1, which were more 'quirky' in tone, as someone commented. Nonetheless, the challenge of working on both of these excellent books renewed my appetite for pursuing more illustration. Indeed, many of my formative influences (e.g. Mervyn Peake) were best known for their illustrative work.