Associated People: Sinclair, Mr Alasdair, Brock (1923 - 2009)

2004.204.1

Mini-disk recording of Duncan Grant and Alasdair Sinclair of Ruaig talking to Dr John Holliday in November 2004 in An Iodhlann.

Duncan Grant of Ruaig and Alasdair Sinclair of Brock talk to Dr John Holliday in November 2004 in An Iodhlann about Ruaig school in the 1930s and crofters in Ruaig. (Continued on AC363)

2004.204.2

Mini-disk recording of Duncan Grant and Alasdair Sinclair of Ruaig talking to Dr John Holliday in November 2004 in An Iodhlann.

(Continued from AC362) Duncan Grant of Ruaig and Alasdair Sinclair of Brock talk to Dr John Holliday in November 2004 in An Iodhlann about Ruaig school in the 1930s and crofters in Ruaig.

2004.91.1

Two old men over a hundred

Sound clip in English of Angus MacLean telling a humorous anecdote about two old men over a hundred.

Courtesy of Mr Angus MacLean

In a discussion about families living in Caoles in 1881 recorded by Dr John Holliday in June 2004, Angus MacLean of Scarinish tells a humorous anecdote about two old men in Caoles to Alasdair Sinclair and Duncan Grant.

At the time of the story, the two men – Iain MacLean and Ruaraidh MacDonald – were both over a hundred years old. Caoles was mainly unfenced and, despite his age, Iain’s job was to keep the animals within the township boundaries and out of the crops. This was not without precedent.

The Statistical Account of the 1790s recorded ten islanders over ninety and one over a hundred. ‘The Tiry-man above 100, was allowed to be 106, at his death, in spring last. Except for the last 7 years he supported himself and wife by herding. His liveliness appeared to the last, not only by walking but dancing.’

2004.91.2

Mini-disk recording of Angus MacLean, Scarinish talking to Dr John Holliday in June 2004.

Angus MacLean of Scarinish talking to Dr John Holliday in June 2004 about Caoles families in the 1881 census, with Duncan Grant and Alasdair Sinclair.

2004.36.6

Copy of letter dated 8/3/2004 to Katinka Stentoft from Alasdair Sinclair of Brock.

Information about Norse settlements of Tiree and difficulties in identifying them: the effects of wind-blown sand on the landscape, the scarcity of stone for building, the frequent winter flooding and the need for ditching, and the road-building programme during World War II (with three pages of photocopied photos). (For Katinka Stentoft`s settlement survey see 2004.40.1)