Magdalena Sagarzazu

1949 -

Magdalena Sagarzazu has recently retired as the fulltime Canna Archivist, for the National Trust for Scotland, after a lifetime’s involvement with the unique Canna Collections of Folklore & Song, & Canna House. She came to the island of Canna from the Basque country, for several months every year, originally as an 11 year old child. As an adult, she she worked for sevaral months of the year with John Lorne Campbell in his work, preserving, recording and developing Scotland’s Gaelic, Natural and Folklore cultural heritages. On the death of John Campbell in 1996 Magda moved to Canna permanently to work with Margaret Fay Shaw Campbell as her assistant and companion, in Canna House. She lives on Canna still and still plays a major part in the Story of Canna House and its legacy of priceless and unique Collections, unrivalled anywhere else in the world.