It was with sadness that I heard of the passing of Alasdair Sinclair at the age of 85. I didn't know Alasdair all that well - in fact, I didn' know him at all until An Iodhlann came into being. However, what I do know is that his commitment to the island archive and museum was total, his understanding of the island's history simply remarkable. He was a veritable font of knowledge and the patience and detail with which he answered queries from personal callers and correspondents to An Iodhlann made him something of a legend in his own lifetime. Islanders unfamiliar with the work of An Iodhlann may be surprised to know that Alasdair's fame had spread to the four corners of the globe and that he was admired and by hundreds of people worldwide. A quiet, modest and unassuming gentleman, Alasdair will be greatly missed.