A tribute to the people of the Isles of Scilly. Past and Present, may your Scillonian stories be told. While to those who have made the long journey and discovered the secret that is Scilly, let’s just keep it just that, a secret!

A collection of photographs by Ena Reseigh. She was a photographer who loved to capture island events whenever they occurred and often tried to create more than just the straight photograph.

  • 94 colour photographs
  • 57 b & w
  • 5 cartoons & paintings

A fascinating story of pre-war Isles of Scilly written by a local, Jeremy Reseigh Watts, whose mother Ena Reseigh was the wife of the skipper of RMS Scillonian. She was a well-liked and much respected figure in the Isles of Scilly and known as the ‘Duchess of Auriga’. A unique history and fascinating account of the Scilly Isles from the early to late 20th century.


Author Details
Jeremy Reseigh Watts was born in the Isles of Scilly in 1957. After secondary schooling, he trained to become a French teacher. He taught English in Toulouse at the Lycee Pierre de Fermat before returning to England and securing various teaching posts. He took a summer job at Heathrow Airport with BAA which led to a career in aviation. In 1990 he became Terminal Duty Officer in Terminal 3 which he occupies to this day.


‘A coffee table-style work, whose chief purpose is the revelation of family photographs. Yet the ‘Duchess’ of Auriga manages to rise above these restraints because these mostly amateur-snapped shots evoke so nostalgically an era that can never be recaptured. Add to this the inescapable fact that the eponymous Duchess’, the late Ena Reseigh was, by any count, a singular character and you have a winning formula’ for any book.’
The Cornishman Newspaper, 4 October 2008