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    Lochinver No More/Suilven/Achmelvich Beach Iain Fraser

Iain joined Norrie Hunter on a voyage of the Rev Norman Mcleod as the minister was forced to leave Scotland. His journey took him to Pictou Nova Scotia where he started a new Highland community at St Annes Bay. His preaching got him into trouble and he was sued  for defamation for not being ordained. Never the less he built a school and a church and was creating a new Scottish community. All until typhoid and a potato blight took hold and things looked bleak. He then decided to get some boats built so they could escape to Adelaide in Australia. At this point MacLeod was an old man. Sailing around Cape Horn they made it but were saddened to see bars brothels and gambling dens. They stayed in a tented village and MacLeod then decided to sail to New Zealand and Wipau where he finally settled down. He may have had some comfort in that Assynt where he started looked very similair to Waipu.

Written by: Norrie Hunter

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