Associated People: Barclay, Captain David, Tiree (1906 - 1981)


Softback book ‘Flight from the Croft’ by Bill Innes, 2019. Bill recounts his career as a pilot during the 1950s-1996, which included flying BEA passenger aircraft between the Scottish islands. Tiree and Captain David Barclay are mentioned on pages 31, 41, 72 & 73.


Booklet `Winds of Change` 2004

Booklet tracing the history of Tiree`s weather station and early flights to the island, the RAF, traditional methods of forecasting the weather and weather extremes. Researched by Dr John Holliday for a summer exhibition at An Iodhlann.


Bill Innes talking about Captain David Barclay

Sound clip in English of former airline pilot Bill Innes talking about Captain David Barclay.

Courtesy of Mr Bill Innes

Former airline pilot Bill Innes tells a humorous anecdote about Captain David Barclay, MBE, during an illustrated talk about the pioneers of Scottish aviation held in An Talla, Tiree on 5th July 2004.

The name David Barclay is synonymous with the development of aviation in the Western Isles and with the Scottish Air Ambulance Service. He flew his first ambulance flight with Northern & Scottish Airways in 1935 and at the end of his career had flown more than two thousand ambulance missions.

He was awarded the MBE in 1942 and invested with the order of St John of Jerusalem in 1950. Much loved and well respected by those who knew him, Captain Barclay retired in April 1965 with an overwhelming send-off from islanders in Barra and Tiree.


Printed hand-out for Tiree Airport`s Open Day in 2001

Printed information for Tiree Airport`s Open Day in 2001 with description of the airport personnel, a brief history of the airport and two pages of photocopied photographs of service and wartime aircraft.


Black and white photograph of Captain David Barclay`s retirement ceremony in 1965.

Captain David Barclay`s retirement ceremony at Renfrew airport in 1965. L-R: Colin MacPhail, Crossapol; Fireman Willie Lyons, Mannal; Tiree Airport Superintendent Archie MacArthur, Barrapol; Leading Fireman Donald Archie MacPhail, Balephuil; Captain David Barclay; Fireman Willie MacLean, Balinoe; Fireman Hugh MacKinnon, Heanish; Air Traffic Controller Tim Wright; Renfrew Airport Manager Charlie Shields.