Associated People: Bunting, Mr Willie, Crosspol


Willie Bunting of Balemartine

Photograph of Willie Bunting during World War II.


The first Tiree man to enlist after the outbreak of World War II was Willie Bunting of Balemartine. He is pictured in this photograph (second right in the front row) after completing his training at Newcastle. Prior to this, he worked for Johnny Brown at the Scarinish Hotel as a motor mechanic and taxi driver.

In 1939 he asked Johnny for a couple of days off work and went to Stirling Castle where he joined the army. On his return in 1945, Johnny handed him a large brown envelope containing his wages for the time he was away.

After the war Willie worked on Tiree as a haulier, then left for Glasgow in the early 1950s to work as a mechanic. He returned to the island in 1969 to work as an engineer in the power house in Crossapol.

Black and white photograph of Willi Bunting at start of WWII.

Willie Bunting (2nd right front) after training at Newcastle in 1939-40.


Colour photograph of the winners of a Tiree regatta in 1987.

Winners of a Tiree regatta in 1987. L-R: (front row) Willie Bunting, Crossapol; Donald Iain Kennedy, West Hynish; Iain Whyte, Crossapol; (2nd front row) John MacLean, Duncan’s son; Duncan MacLean, Crossapol/Caoles; Iain Aonghais MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig; Duncan MacInnes, Ruaig; David Gunn, Mannal; Iain Gunn, Mannal, Iain’s brother; (2nd back row) Jim MacLennan (Jim Dubh); Lachie MacArthur, Mannal; unknown; Donald MacDonald, Heanish; Hector MacArthur, Caoles; unknown; Neil MacDonald, Skipinnish, Ruaig; Iain MacKinnon, Tor a’ Bhaile, Ruaig; Duncan MacPhee, Scarinish; (back row) Iain MacDonald, Skipinnish, Neil’s son; Lachie MacFarlane, Hynish; Donald MacKinnon, Sandaig; Donald Farquhar, Balemartine; Mike Stanfield, Heanish; visitor; Simon Latham, Baugh.



Colour photograph taken down by Scarinish harbour after a regatta in the 1980s.

Down by Scarinish harbour after a regatta in 1987. L-R: visitor; Donald MacDonald, Heanish; Tommy Monaghan, Heanish; Charlie MacLean, Salum; Murdoch MacDonald, Kilmoluaig; Iain Aonghais MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig; Mike Stanfield, Heanish; Willie Bunting, Crossapol; Simon Latham, Baugh; Donald Farquhar, Balemartine; Donald MacKinnon, Sandaig; Iain Whyte, Crossapol.



Audio cassette recording of Alasdair Straker interviewed by Maggie Campbell in Balemartine on 9/10/02.

Maggie Campbell talks to Alasdair Straker of Balemartine in January 2002 about working with Willie Bunting in the 1950s delivering stores to the shops; the ferries; the shops in Balemartine, Balinoe, Balevullin, Baugh, Cornaig, Salum and Vaul and the butchers in Scarinish, Balevullin, Salum and Kenovay.