New book to be launched at Bute Museum

A NEW book based on the proceedings of a conference held on Bute in the spring of 2010 will be launched this weekend.

The conference, entitled Sagas, Saints and Stewarts, The proceedings of the conference have now been turned into a book,

Historic Bute: Land and People, edited by Anna Ritchie, follows the ‘Sagas, Saints and Stewarts’ conference held by the Scottish Society of Northern Studies, with support from Bute Museum and the Discover Bute Landscape Partnership Scheme.

The book ‘s official island launch is this Saturday, October 27, in Bute Museum at 2pm.

The book contains chapters on a variety of topics including the place names of Bute, Bute witches, Bute during the Viking period and the Bute Mazer, a 700 year old drinking vessel thought to have once been owned by The Bruce.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the Museum.

This is the latest in a series of highly-regarded books published by the SSNS, each focusing on a particular area of Northern Britain, including Orkney and Shetland, Ross and Sutherland, Barra and Skye, Galloway and Man.

Glyn Collis of Bute Museum said: “It is great for Bute to have a place in this strand of historical research.”