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Artefact Exhibition online

Our archivist spent most of December photographing and uploading many more artefacts from An Iodhlann’s collection. You can view all of our digitised artefacts here. We hope you enjoy them.

Made by Sam Stevenson, Scarinish, 1940s

Tiree in 100 Objects – 76 to 100

We are pleased to announce that visitors to our website can now view the remaining 25 archive items featured in Dr John Holliday’s series of articles ‘Tiree in 100 Objects’, which were first published in the island’s community newsletter, An Tirisdeach. Object 76 can be viewed here, and you can view the entire series here. We hope that you enjoy them.

Document transcribers needed

Alison Diamond, Archivist at Inveraray Castle, is currently looking for volunteers who would like to transcribe late 18th and 19th century handwriting – and documents primarily relating (but not exclusively) to Tiree and Mull. Some of these documents fall within the remit of An Iodhlann’s ‘Written in the Landscape‘ project and the transcriptions will become a valuable addition to our archive. Alison says “Have a look at the examples shown here and, if you think this is something that you might enjoy, drop me an email to I can’t promise that the documents will always be this neat…”

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 government intervention and land settlement.

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 clans and Scotland in general. Generously donated by Martha McKinnon, Canada, and available to borrow from An Iodhlann (conditions apply).

Roadshow Programme, 13th-16th May

It is only a week now until the Argyll Archives team brings their eagerly-awaited Written in the Landscape roadshow to Tiree. This exciting exhibition of rarely-seen Tiree objects will open on the evening of Monday 13th May and run until the evening of Thursday 16th May. An Iodhlann will host a mini-exhibition each day (10am – 4pm), while a larger exhibition of treasures, plus talks and workshops, will be held in the evenings in An Talla (7pm – 9.30pm). Full Programme of Events.

Tiree in 100 Objects: 51 to 75

Dr John Holliday’s next batch of articles in the series titled ‘The History of Tiree in 100 Objects‘, originally published in An Tirisdeach, are now available to view on our website. Click here to view object numbers 51 to 75.

Inveraray Archives Roadshow to Tiree

The busy people at Argyll Estates’ archive at Inveraray Castle have just sent us this latest update on the Written in the Landscape project, including their plans to bring over a number of items not seen before on Tiree during 13 – 17 May 2019.