Hardback book ‘Audur’ by Vilborg Davidsdottir, 2009. The novel follows a Viking girl, Audur, from her childhood on Tiree to Iceland. Signed by the author “To John Holliday with warm regards from Iceland! 2 July 2018”. Includes some Norse names for places in Tiree, Dublin and the rest of the British Isles. Entirely in the Icelandic language.
Hardback book ‘MacAlpine’s Pronouncing Gaelic Dictionary’ by Neil MacAlpine, 1948 (first printed in 1832). Includes old spellings and pronounciations in use before the Gaelic Orthographic Conventions (GOC) were introduced in 1981. Signed by J M Blair 6/2/51.
Hardback book ‘The Citizen Housewives’ Guide’, 1955. Published by the Evening Citizen (Glasgow) newspaper as a popular guide to housekeeping and domestic skills for women. Features cookery, wine-maiking, cleaning, knitting & dressmaking, cosmetics, hair care, perfume, mothercraft, health care, flower arranging, birthstones, holidays, using starsigns to find the perfect husband, weddings, party games.
Small hard-backed book ‘Tide and Speed Tables’, 1915, produced by Murray, McVinnie & Co. Ltd., Naval Stores, Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow. Includes illustrations and definitions of ships’ communications flags, semaphore flags, port charges, electrical terms. On the back page are hand-written notes by, or relating to, Hector MacKinnon and Donald MacK[innon]. From the belongings of the Lamont/MacKenzie family of The Harbour, Caoles.
Softback book ‘Men Only’, November 1939, belonging to MacArthur, Caoles. The Men Only series of pocket magazines began in 1935, with the aim of bringing “bright articles on current male topics” to men. The Nov. 1939 edition features many war and military related topics.
Hardback book ‘Lady Frances – Frances Balfour, artistocrat suffragist’ by Joan B Huffman, 2018. Lady Frances was the 8th Duke of Argyll’s daughter. She was interested in politics from an early age, and became the constitutionalist’s main lobbyist with Parliament in 1889.
Softback book ‘Tramp Steamers at War’ by George Gunn, 1999, recalling his days at sea as a young seaman during 1941-1945. He served on the steam ship ‘Baron Forbes’, under the command of “the legendary” Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Tiree (pp 81-86).
Softback book ‘The Campbells of the Ark – Men of Argyll in 1745, Vol. 2 – The Outer Circle’ by Ronald Black, 2017. A portrait of the leading men of Argyll in the 18th Century, and the rising of the ’45 as seen through the eyes of Highlanders who helped to crush it. Volume 2 presents leading characters who were not Campbells, and a study of the 63 local companies of the Argyllshire Militia of 1745-6.
Softback book ‘The Campbells of the Ark – Men of Argyll in 1745, Vol. 1 – The Inner Circle’ by Ronald Black, 2017. A portrait of the leading men of Argyll in the 18th Century, and the rising of the ’45 as seen through the eyes of Highlanders who helped to crush it. Volume 1 begins with biographies of the 31 Campbells who were subjected to trial by water for their part in defeating Prince Charles’s army.
Softback booklet ”S Fheairrde Duine Gaire’ by Teàrlach MacLeòid, 1978. Sixteen short stories in Gaelic by Charles MacLeod, Isle of Lewis (?).