FEOLIN STUDY CENTRE, JURA
A Scottish not-for-profit company no. SC035178
The Feolin Ferry House on the
Sound of Islay at sunset in late
spring, 2004. The distant horizon shows the silohouette of the
Isle of Mull.
The FSC has to date been
developed without recourse to public funding. All support has come via
individuals, local estates, charitable trusts, clan historical groups
and commercial corporations.
Donations to help this necessary island
project keep going would be most welcome. Please send these to The
Feolin Study Centre, Feolin Ferry House, Isle of Jura, PA60 7XX, UK.
further information e-mail email@example.com
McKay was the chief resident researcher at Feolin who began
the task of assembling the archive, collecting new material and
managing information in 2003. Dr McKay (who is from America) was
geographer responsible for finding
the "lost" roads at Finlaggan on the Isle of Islay in 1999 using NASA
RADAR imagery. A former researcher at the US Naval Research Laboratory,
in 2003 he presented a paper at the
Univ. of Glasgow's Archaeological Geoprospection Conference and
appeared on the BBC Scotland programme entitled, "The Cross and Sword",
which featured the Isle of Jura and its early Christian connections. He
has published a book on the landscape of Jura in 2005 and has a
forth-coming book on the Scottish connection with the American Civil
War due out in 2007 with Birlinn Press.
The objective of the Feolin
Centre was to
advance the education of the public, including inhabitants and
visitors, about the
Isle of Jura. This was done by establishing a research
that focuses exclusively on charitable
education, research, and cultural projects for the community of
Jura. THE FEOLIN
HOLDS THE LARGEST DATA BASE OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE ISLAND OF JURA
IN EXISTENCE, IN THE WORLD. The research effort is now totally
digital in aspect. A commercial research entity, Float Research,
located in southern Britain has now been created out of research
originally begun at Feolin.
Feolin Ferry House, the Feolin Centre is
at the gateway to the Island of Jura, beside the historic terminal for
Islay and the mainland ferry service. This was a central point when
walked cattle from the islands to mainland markets, hundreds of years
ago. The house, built by Wilson and approved by Thomas Telford, is the
first and only one for
several miles on the main road.
Attached to Feolin House is a modest steading which, with the addition
a conservatory, has been converted to a small hall and exhibition space
normally open at all times. On
permanent display are panels that are intended to give the visitor an
understanding of the island, its people, its economy, its natural
Feolin Centre, now virtual, promotes and provides information
all aspects of
the Island of Jura to visitors, locals, schools, academics and to
the world that have an interest in the island via the Internet. This
of products derived from the analysis of cultural, geographic,
scientific and natural history data. A long-term policy of data
archiving and analysis are Jura's most viable avenues for use of its
and manmade resources. One of our key research areas is the use of Jura
as a model for climate change reserch and cultural adaptation to
climate change. FSC aims to encourage visitors to the island during the
season periods, in particular ‘clean tourism’, as well as implementing
‘virtual’ Jura web site.
It should also be noted that the
Feolin Ferry House is "green" and has been recognised by the Scottish
Parliament in its report on "green" energy in Scotland as one of
Scotland's oldest and longest running private
"green" energy systems. Feolin's energy is supplied by a
hydrodynamically driven turbine fed by waters from loch's beneath the
Paps of Jura.
directors have to thank the
many persons and organisations who have assisted and come forward with
information or photographs
for the project and the website. The family of the late Gordon Wright,
research we have contained at Feolin, Rev. Peter Youngson who has given
all his diverse records,
which were used for his book, "Jura: Island of Deer". Dr.
Alistair Dawson, who has provided geological
data. John W. Sheets PhD, Professor of Anthropology at Central
University, USA, has provided his papers on historical and demographic
about Jura. Dr. Scott Buie of America,
who has gifted a copy of his
book, "The People of the Parish
of Jura 1506-1811" as well as Mr. Norman Tait and Mr. Kenneth Cameron
(of Jura) who have supplied
photographs. John Lithgow who has allowed us the use of his buildings.
are many others who have given assistance in different ways.
Organisations such as NASA, the US
Survey, the National
Geographic Survey of America, the National
and Mapping Agency (USA), the National
Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Agency (NOAA) of the US, KODAK and Fuji, have all contributed
data, time, technology and expertise to the project.
intellectual concepts expressed here are copyright of FSC - 2006.