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.
Hardback book ‘The Modern Illustrated Dictionary’, published by the Daily Express, London in 1931. The dictionary is unusual in that it is “profusely illustrated in colour and monochrome” and includes “glossaries of technical and sporting terms”, plus “synonyms and antonyms, contractions and abbreviations, foreign words, phrases, and quotations, events of importance in English history, famous characters in poetry and prose, and a very comprehensive list of alternative words in use in crosswords”.
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.
Softback book ‘Remote, Small but Essential’ by D J F Haselsteiner, 2021. A guide to 100 regional airports in Europe, including Tiree and Coll.
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.
Large Gaelic ‘Biobull / Bible’ with black hard cover, and “Christmas 1946” and “Annie Maclean d. 24th Feb. 1947” handwritten on the inside front cover. Published in Glasgow in 1945.
Two large, well worn books titled ‘Songs of the Hebrides, volume 1’ and ‘More Songs of the Hebrides’ belonging to Sidney Herbert Sime (1865-1941), who was an English artist best known for his satirical artwork during the late Victorian period. One copy is signed S H Sime on an inner page, while the other is embossed S.H.S. on the cover.