“Archie’s Lights”

B O E K B E S P R E K I N G by : Frank NEYTS


Recently Whittles Publishing released ‘Archie’s Lights. The Life and Times of a Scottish Lightkeeper’, by Archie MacFachern and Anne Macfachern. Born at a clifftop lighthouse in 1910, Archie’s life was spent in the world of Scottish lighthouses – he was one of the third generation of his family in the service of the Northern Lighthouse Board. Written in Archie’s words, this account portrays the man and reveals a past way of life. It is an intimate and personal insight into the life of a lightkeeper including special wartime duties such as shooting mines and being vigilant for German submarines and spies. From peacetime through war, the story brings vividly to life the challenges of living and working at a lighthouse, including raising a young family at such an isolated and potentially dangerous place. Through this man’s keen eye, the reader will meet people, birds, animals and situations from a lifetime of service; a revealing glimpse into the close-knit world. There is also humour, often that dry Highland humour, which adds spice tot the telling; in Archie’s case a fondness for wild places and dried figs helped. “Archie’s Lights” (ISBN 978-1-84995-399-3) is issued as a paperback. The book counts 188 pages and costs £18.99 or $24.95. The book can be ordered via every good book shop, or directly with the publisher, Whittles Publishing, Dunbeath Mill, Dunbeath, Cairness IKW6 6EG, Scotland (UK), e-mail:




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