A quadcopter flyover has been commissioned for the first break in the weather. That is really just a bonus since David Connolly has completed a beautiful core survey.
I am hoping to capture some Scots Gaelic audio recordings of Eilean a Bhogha and Eilean a Bhuth with expert Gaelic speakers in Edinburgh and/or Glasgow for inclusion here. We continue to believe the island is the Island of the Sunken Rock with additional later names ... the New Island (Eilean Ure) when the Chief moved to Eilean A Vow in the latter part of the 17th century and then Island of the Store (Eilean a' Bhuth) in the late 17th century when goods were sold from the island.
We have enjoyed conversations with Jake King over recent months and Jake has published a short article re Eilean a Vow on January 17 in The Scotsman. Jake had also noted earlier that Dwelly's Gaelic dictionary referrred to Eilean a Vow as Eilean a' Bhogha, but had some doubts. It was later in our conversation that the 1861 Admiralty Chart surfaced showing the nautical use of Eilean a Vow to avoid the sunken rock (Guy Rock) to the south. Even James in this History to the Clan MacFarlane said that the island was "manifestly" Eilean a Vow and "later called" Eilean a Bhuth.
We are looking at a timeline widget to add to the site to better lay out relevant information on names in a more compact form. We plan to include a chapter on the island's names in the HES report and plan to invite Jake King and Simon Taylor to review and acknowledge their contributions to the research to date.
More to follow soon ...