Fàilte oirbh! Welcome to An Iodhlann, the historical centre on the island of Tiree. An Iodhlann, pronounced ‘an-ee-lun’, is Gaelic for the stackyard where the harvest is stored.
Tiree, the outermost of the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, is an island of dazzling beaches, flower-strewn meadows, exuberant wildlife and a powerful history. Since 1995 we have been collecting material about Tiree – old letters, emigrant lists, maps, reports, artefacts, photographs, stories and songs. Stretching from the 3,000 million year old Lewissian gneiss which provides the bedrock of the island to last week’s cattle sale prices, we now cover almost everything about the island, its people and the wider diaspora in our 12,000 item collection.
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Each month we display a selection of four or five items of special interest. With Tiree Art Enterprises holding their annual exhibition this month (12-22 August), we thought we would feature a number of Tiree artworks from the archive. If there is anything that you think would be of particular interest to others, .
- New in – Tiree and the Dukes of Argyll - An Iodhlann has just received a fascinating, newly published book ‘Tiree and the Dukes of Argyll 1674-1922, by James Petre. A concise history of one island during arguably the most dramatic period in Scottish history. A story of change and controversy. At its core are ducal policy, burgeoning population growth, destitution and emigration, followed by […]
- Written in the Landscape update - Here is the latest update from the archivists at Inveraray Archives and LiveArgyll who brought their fascinating exhibition to Tiree in May. Many thanks to all who made this event such a huge success.
- New in – Origins of the Clan MacKinnon - ‘The Small Regiment, Vol. 1 – Origins of the Clan MacKinnon 100BCE-1621CE‘. This well researched and informative book, published by Clan MacKinnon Publishing, Canada, provides an account of the Clan MacKinnon from its Celtic origins to the ‘regulation of the clans’ from London in the early 1600s. It also includes some useful history of associated […]