Expeditions to the Hebrides
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The naturalist and ornithologist George Clayton Atkinson (1808-1877) set out from Newcastle in 1831 with his brother Dick and the artist William Train to explore the Western Isles and remote St Kilda. The manuscript journals of his travels, richly embellished with watercolours and drawings, offer a vivid portrait of the islands and islanders, and also record their songs and shanties. The journals are edited by David A Quine, with an introduction, notes and a short biography of Atkinson.