Softback book ‘Virtue Mine Honour – Charles McLean’s War’, by John Holliday and Fiona Wilson, 2021. An account of a young RAF Pilot Officer’s life and death during WWII, based on letters home to family and friends. Charles McLean was the son of Donald Archibald McLean of Kenovay and Linlithgow.
21 small pieces of bog iron iron found by Dr John Holliday at Pàirc na Coille, Balephuil, in 2021. Bog iron ore occurs naturally in wet ground associated with sand. It was refined and used by Iron Age settlers to make tools etc.
Softback book ‘The Secret Island – towards a history of Tiree’, 2014. Published proceedings of a three-day conference held on Tiree by the Islands Book Trust in September 2013, with chapters by many authors on a wide variety of aspects of Tiree’s history and culture.
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Digital copy of an audio cassette tape of various singers and musicians performing at a public ceilidh held in around 1995-2000. Performers include Angus MacPhail, Iain Brown, Murdina MacLean, Duncan macInness, Mairi MacLean, John Holliday, Neil MacLeod and the Tiree Pipe Band. Songs and tunes include Tuireadh Iain Dow, Dhachaidh bhòn Iasgachd, Banais Sgiobnais, Joyce Gillespie, Chuir iad an t-suil, Air feasgar fo throm smunt?, Ag Obair air na Geibh, Ballach Bhan, Lag nan Cruachan, An Gille Brighde, An teid thu leam, Air madainn Diardaoin, Mo nighean bhan, Se Tiriodh an t-Eilean thoghainn fonn.
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Colour photograph of Dr John Holliday (b. 1954), Tiree GP during 1988-2014, in the ‘Ròs’, a traditional dipping lug sail boat at the 1988 Tiree Regatta.
Hardback book ‘Audur’ by Vilborg Davidsdottir, 2009. The novel follows a Viking girl, Audur, from her childhood on Tiree to Iceland. Signed by the author “To John Holliday with warm regards from Iceland! 2 July 2018”. Includes some Norse names for places in Tiree, Dublin and the rest of the British Isles. Entirely in the Icelandic language.
Two pellets of a bird of prey found behind the old garage at Crossapol in May 2018.
Fosslised bivalve seashell in a piece of worked flint found in a sand blowout at Balephuil.