Hardback book ‘Scotland: Mapping the Islands’ by Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles W. J. Withers, 2016. Foreword by Magnus Linklater. Reproduces some of the most historically significant maps from the National Library of Scotland’s collection in order to explore the many dimensions of island life and how this has changed over time. Arranged thematically and covering topics such as population, place-names, defence, civic improvement, natural resources, navigation, and leisure and tourism. Tiree mentioned pages 3, 44, 45, 49, 61, 82-3, 107 & 174, and featured in maps pages 62-3, 72-3, 92 & 143.
Journal of Northern Scotland, 2014, containing the academic paper ‘A West Highland census of 1779: social and economic trends on the Argyll Estate’ by Eric Cregeen (pp 75-105). Includes information on Tiree.
Journal of Scottish Historical Studies, Vol 35, No 2, 2015, containing academic paper ‘The creation of the crofting townships in Tiree’ by Eric Cregeen, and edited by Annie Tindley (pp 160-188).
School text of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Ceasar’ (The Octavo Texts) used by Mona MacDonald, Scarinish, in Class III of Cornaigmore High School in the 1930s. Homework passages are marked inside. Mona’s name and class are handwritten inside the front and back covers.
Softback book ‘No Shame in Fear’ by Alex C. MacLean, 2016. Alex C. Maclean was born on the Isle of Tiree in 1923, and lived there until the age of fourteen, when he went to sea. This is a first-hand account of the WW2 Atlantic convoys and the devastation of war. Stalked by German U-boats, cast adrift in a lifeboat, it also tells of the difficulties of the post-war period, in building a decent family life and coming to terms with his own history back on Tiree. Foreword by Donald S. Murray.
Hardback book ‘Gaelic Scotland: The Transformation of a Culture Region’ by W. J. Withers, 1988. Covers the process of cultural change in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, particularly during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (Including policies of successive governments, the decline of the Gaelic language, and the Clearances.) Tiree mentioned pages 8, 181, 209, 214, 219, 225, 241, 285, 357, 359, 373-5 & 380.
Hardback book ‘It is Never Too Late to Mend’ by Charles Reade, ca 1900. This novel was presented to Balemartine School by James Coats of Paisley in 1906, who donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann). From a collection from Mannal House.
Hardback book ‘Hanging by a Thread: The Scottish Cotton Industry, c. 1850-1914’ by Dr W. W. Knox, 1995. Covers the impact of de-industrialization on the cotton industry in Scotland, which had all but collapsed by 1914, apart from the sewing thread industry in Paisley. James Coats of Paisley, who donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann), is mentioned on pages 117, 122 & 137-8.
Hardback book ‘The Transformation of Rural Scotland: Social Change and the Agrarian Economy 1660-1815’ by T.M. Devine, 1994. Original archive material is used in this book to explore the social revolution when, in the 18th-century, the old peasant society of lowland Scotland was replaced by a new order of capitalist farmers and landless labourers. Covers a range of issues, including the seventeenth-century rural social structure, the eighteenth-century agrarian economy, landlordism and improvement, the evolution of the tenant farming class, and the dispossession of the cottar class. (Tiree mentioned on page 134.)
Softback book ‘Highland Balls and Village Halls: A Look At The Scot And His Dancing’ by G. W. Lockhart, 1985. Dances, venues, musicians, tartan and dress, as well as the steps of the most important dances.