Ending up in the torious Tuxpan Jail in Mexico, he was released only after the involvement of the British consul, and he returned to the family croft in Lewis, where he lived until his death, twenty years later, in 1956. During these years he frequently entertained visitors to the croft with stories of his adventures - his was a forthright, vernacular style of story-telling, humorous and robust, never sentimental or self-pitying.
Born in Point, Lewis and educated at Aberdeen University, Calum Ferguson has had a varied career as a teacher and broadcaster, including a period at Strathclyde and Glasgow Universities. He now lives in Stornoway. He is the author of a number of books in Gaelic and English including Hiort -- A Gaelic History of St Kilda. His last book, Children of the Black-house, was a best-seller over Christmas 2003.