This summer, after some 212 years, we’ll be returning to Jura.
Jura is a small, windswept island off the west coast of Scotland, known for its signature “paps” or mountains, its large herds of roaming red deer and its link to author George Orwell, who wrote the novel 1984 in a remote cabin there. Its name means “island of deer” from the Gaelic, Diùra. Its natives are known as Diurachs. It also was the birthplace of my great-great-great grandfather Hector Clark and his father before him, also Hector. As for the Clark Diurachs who preceded them, history only suggests. They are lost to me.
The sad thing is, largely, so are the grandfathers I know something about.
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