In 1938 John Lorne Campbell bought the Isle of Canna. He wanted to prevent an island described as the ‘jewel of
the Hebrides’ from becoming a rich man’s playground like so many other islands and Highland estates. He wanted
to preserve part of the traditional Gaelic culture and show that efficient farming methods could be compatible with
wildlife conservation and sustainability. But his determination to get the island forced him to pay more than he
could afford and he spent the next ten years burdened by debt and often close to despair. This is the story of a remarkable man and his triumph over adversity, bank managers and bureaucrats to fulfil his
dream. Even after he gave it to the National Trust for Scotland he still had to fight to secure his legacy. It is also the
story of a 60-year partnership between John and his American wife, the musician and folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw,
whose small frame contained a will ‘made of Pittsburgh steel’ which kept them going through the hard years.