Drafts and Fragments from Raasay, Francis McKee, 2013

A new publication presented a diary from Francis McKee’s time on Raasay.

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Excerpt:

A medievalist: Professor Clare Lees, is explaining to us that Columba and his monks were heavily influenced by the desert fathers – early Christians who retreated to the Scetes desert in Egypt to live as hermits or in monasteries. Rejecting all luxury they dwelt in the utmost simplicity, their lives shaped by the discipline of the monastic routine or by solitary prayer and meditation. Iona was founded on similar principles. The Atlantic ocean became the desert of the Western monks and the islands of the Hebrides were retreats from the mainland…..