Softback book ‘The Last Laird of Coll’ by Mairi Hedderwick, 2011. The remarkable story of how Kenneth Stewart inherited the estate on the Isle of Coll. Burdened with debt, he spent his life trying to rebuild a livelihood from the estate. On the inside cover, the author has handwritten “For Philippa & Nick [Bristol]. Best wishes, Mairi Hedderwick, Isle of Coll, 2011”.
Hardback book ‘Scottish Sail – a forgotten era’ by Robert Simper, 1974. A photographic account of Scottish sailing ships that travelled domestic and world trade routes at the turn of the 19th century. The topsail schooner Mary Stewart is mentioned on page 35. The remains of her hull can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.
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.
Softback book ‘Forgotten Greens’ by Harry Ward, 2019, about the abandoned golf courses of Scotland. Tiree’s golf courses at Balinoe, Cornaigmore, Heylipol, Kirkapol, Scarinish and Vaul are included on pages 111-112. Signed for An Iodhlann by the author.
Hardback book ‘The Gaelic Songs of Duncan MacIntyre’, edited and translated into English by George Calder, Edinburgh, 1912. Duncan MacIntyre ‘Donnacha Ban nan Oran’ (1745-1812) was a Gaelic bard famed throughout the Highland’s and beyond. Some songs are unusually humorous and satirical. Includes a biography, definitions of some Gaelic place names and a hand-annotated newspaper cutting mentioning Mr Robert Buchanan. Found in ‘Melness’, Cornaigbeg.
Pages photocopied from the ‘Scottish Baptist Magazine’, ca 1910-1930, with obituaries for two Baptist ministers who were born and raised on Tiree: Rev. Duncan MacFarlane (1822-1908), and Rev. Alexander MacArthur (1900-1930).
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Information about the origins and forms of the surname ‘Tyrie’, from the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names, 2016. There are several alternative spellings of the name from Murdoch de Tiri in 1292, to Robert Tyree in 1785. In 1881, the name Tyrie was most common in Angus.
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Academic paper on ‘The Natural and Economic History of Kelp’ by Archibald and Nan Clow, published in the Annals of Science in 1947. Although Tiree is not mentioned in the paper, it gives an excellent account of the kelp industry, which boomed on Tiree during the 1800s.
Click here for Page 1. The full text is available at www.tandfonline.com/loi/tasc20 and a printed copy is held in An Iodhlann.
Two copies of booklet ‘My Hebridean Heritage’ by Alan Iain Cameron, 2020. Alan traces his ancestors back to the early 1700s, identifying his Tiree ancestors as Camerons (Kilmoluaig and Scarinish), MacDonalds, McLeans (Grianal and Cornaigmore), Campbells (Cornaigbeg), Munns, Kennedys and McFadyens (Scarinish).
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Colour photograph of Priceville, Ontario, Canada in the snow in around 2010. The donor of the photograph lives in the farming community that her Tiree ancestors settled in in 1851, after emigrating to Canada on board the ‘SS Conrad’. Her Tiree ancestors include McMillans, McLeans, McDonalds, McPhaydens and MacKinnons. The photograph is accompanied by genealogical information about the donor’s ancestry.