Hardback book ‘Sailors on the Rocks’ about famous Royal Navy shipwrecks, by Peter C Smith, 2015. Chapter 14 (pg 217) is about HMS Sturdy, which was wrecked on rocks off Sandaig in 1940.
Softback book ‘Sreathan anns a’ Ghainmhich – bàrdachd, duanagan is òrain’ le Dòmhnall Eachann Meek, 2017. ‘Lines in the Sand’ is a collection of 136 poetry, rhymes and songs written by Professor Emeritus Donald E Meek (Falkirk and Caoles), inspired by the people and places of Tiree. 266 pages entirely in Gaelic.
Softback book ‘The Escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie’ by Malcolm Seddon, 2016. Describing the adventures of Charles Stewart over five months after his defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746, including his 500-mile trek over the Western Isles and NW Highlands, and eventual rescue. The French ship carrying him away from Scotland passed close to Tiree, where it is said that two Tiree men from Ruaig were abducted to navigate the ship safely onwards. See ‘Donald the Pilot’ for further information.
Softback book ‘Deuteroskopia, or a Brief Discourse Concerning the Second Sight, so Called’ by John Frazer, 2011.
A pamphlet by ‘the Reverend Mr John Frazer, late minister of Teree and Coll, and Dean of the Isles’ published in 1820, reflecting on instances of second sight, including an example from Tiree. (Pages 20-21)
Softback book ‘Tiree Kirk Session Minutes 1807-1816 Vol. II’ by Archie Henderson, 2016.
Second volume of published transcriptions of the original minutes of the Tiree Kirk Session. Signed by the author.
Softback book ‘Out West’ by Iain Patterson, 2017.
Catalogue of art from an exhibition by the artist Iain Patterson, including references to architecture on Tiree, where he has rebuilt a traditional croft house. (Pages 60-61)
Softback book ‘An Enlightened Duke: The Life of Archibald Campbell (1682-1761), Earl of Ilay, 3rd Duke of Argyll’ by Roger L. Emerson, 2013. A study of the complex political, social, and intellectual life of a key figure in the Scottish Enlightenment.
Softback book ‘The Crinan Canal’ by Marian Pallister, 2016.
Tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used. Includes Tiree content, with references to marble, emigration, drainage schemes, destitution, the potato famine, population, wages and Gaelic. (Pages 30, 66, 67, 156 & 157.)
Softback book ‘In Search of Colmcille: The Legacy of St Columba in Ireland and Scotland’, Islands Book Trust, 2015.
This volume contains chapters – in English, Scots Gaelic and Irish Gaeilge – from two conferences organised by the Islands Book Trust in Lewis and Donegal on the theme of Columba – his life and legacy. Includes a chapter by Donald Meek ‘St Columba and ‘Celtic Christianity’, with references to Tiree. (Pages 34 – 45)
Softback book ‘Hebridean Heroines: Twentieth Century Queen’s Nurses (1940s – 1970s)’ by Catherine M. Morrison, 2017.
Provides insight into the lives of women from the Western Isles who worked as district nurses in the mid-twentieth century. Here they describe in their own words their everyday lives; working long hours and always available when called, regardless of hour, weather conditions or remoteness.