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John, or Iain, born in 1921, was the son of Roderick Ferguson and Ann MacCuish of croft 16 Borve. He attended Berneray School between 1928 and 1934. He had a keen interest in the island's history, and re-discovered a souterrain at Sgàlabraig in 1964. Iain compiled much of the information subsequently published as The Place Names of Berneray.
Croft 16 passed to Iain following his parents’ deaths.
Iain was a generous contributor to the School of Scottish Studies sound archive. The recordings are available on the Tobar an Dualchais website. A convenient way to access them is via his biography page.