WELCOME TO ALL READERS - we hope that many of our titles will be of interest - we value your custom and will try to earn it. All orders will be fulfilled promptly and with care from our own premises here in Colonsay. All titles in our catalogue are post-free within UK. Whenever you can visit Colonsay we hope that you will call to visit our retail bookshop at Scalasaig, where we stock an amazing range of books, maps, prints and gifts.

CREDIT CARDS: you can use these to purchase anything on our list via PayPal but, if it is easier for you, feel free to telephone us on 01951 200320 or to write with card details and to place your order - but beware, it is not safe to send card details by email unless encrypted. Write to House of Lochar, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR

READERS' FORUM: we provide a Readers' Forum where you are welcome to leave comments about our publications - we hope these may be helpful to other customers. The Forum has only recently been made more widely available so most posts relate to our Byrne and O'Byrne titles but we are happy to have feedback upon any of our books. Perhaps it is best to join or start a specific thread for any given title.

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An occasional publication has been started, dedicated to purely local history, "Colonsay History" at

Another one "Colonsay Kindred" will be found hosted at and it concentrates upon Colonsay genealogy.

We have created a special page detailing all significant books relevant to Colonsay, as stocked and available at our retail bookshop. See Books about Colonsay.

We have created a dedicated website in respect of Daniel Byrne-Rothwell's remarkable series on Irish genealogy. Anyone interested may find it easier to navigate at The series is now complete, the fourth and final volume was published in May 2015. Of course, the series is fully covered here as well, "The Byrnes and the O'Byrnes"


"Dr Grant of Ballachulish - His Life and Times" by Dr. Roderick Macleod, with a foreword by Prof. James Hunter is available for immediate despatch... order here.

Dr. Grant "was a notable doctor in his day, a campaigner and social reformer. He made a major contribution to the founding of the Highlands and Islands Medical Service via the Dewar Committee, and later on to the founding of the National Health Service itself. He is the "unsung hero" in many ways." Dr. Grant is the subject of many online references, for example

"The Baptist Church in Colonsay 1812 - 2012" by John McNeill and Eleanor McNeill is by two authors who are separated by just a century. John McNeill's original work is a very rare item, not available even in the National Library of Scotland; we are grateful that Eleanor McNeill brought the story up to date and saw it published before her recent death. It is the story of an island church, founded by the missionary zeal of Rev. Dugald Sinclair, which has survived the vicissitudes of two very troubled centuries. The work is of a modest compass and in a limited edition of only 200 copies. Details and secure purchase here.

"Scottish Highland Soldiers in Hesse 1759 - 62" by Axel Koehler is another recent title. This is an extraordinarily detailed monograph on a subject which has received little attention to date, although of course the Hessian forces left an indelible stamp upon world history. At a later date, they were used as mercenaries in both America and Ireland, where bitter memories survive. This work helps to provide badly-needed background information, as well as information about the Highlanders who found themselves in continental Europe. Details here.

Montrose: Cavalier in Mourning by Ronald Williams is detailed here. If you happen to be interested in history, you will be delighted by this detailed and enthralling biography... following which, you will be drawn to three other titles by the same author: Lords of the Isles, The Heather and the Gale and Sons of the Wolf (covering Clan Donald, Clan Campbell and Clan Gregor).

The Book of Islay is rather different - it is an excellent facsimile edition of the original and rather rare work consisting of source materials. Although of limited interest to the general reader, this is an important work for the serious researcher.

Our retail shop within our main premises in Colonsay is stocked with the cream of Scottish publications. We hope to create an additional on-line shop in the near future, offering interesting books and ephemera from a variety of sources.

A bargain: one of our finest publications ever was "Jack B Yeats: A Vision of Ireland" by John Booth; this is a magnificent volume and was originally published at £35.00 plus postage. Single copies can now be found on offer at up to £140.00 - which is a puzzle to us, because we still have almost 100 copies in stock from the original edition. So, we have spent a little time producing a special section on this site which gives full details of the work - and we are now offering our remaining copies at a bargain price of £15.00 to include FREE postage within the UK. This really is an extraordinarily fine book - please have a look at it here. Be sure to scroll down - we reproduce no less than 10 of the 67 paintings which are featured in the book; even if you do not buy a copy, you will enjoy looking.

Here is another example - A Summer in Lochaber by Catriona Fforde, only £8.99, post-free

The adventurer or keen cyclist would enjoy In Quest of Livingstone by Colum Wilson and Aisling Irwin; an amazing adventure, only £5.99, post-free

We have a number of biographical and genealogical works - for example The Lithuanians in Scotland by John Millar is a brilliant and sensitive account of an important immigrant community. If you have always heard good reports of Keir Hardie or believed in a Socialist ideal, read this - it will make your toes curl. Only £6.99 post-free.

This site provides completely secure purchasing facilities and our warehouse in Colonsay is devoted to the supply of retail customers, whom we are able to supply "post-free" within the UK. Charges to other destinations are calculated by weight - customers may purchase any title with the minimum of fuss. Under "Postage options" simply select your destination (within UK, within Europe or "Rest of the World") and the total price including airmail postage will be clearly indicated.

We have adopted PayPal as our method for secure transactions, which enables us to accept all major cards as well as PayPal itself.  You will find that the facility now exists throughout this site.

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