Softback book ‘The Gaelic crisis in the vernacular community’, by CO Giollagain, Gordan Cmashron, Paruig Moireach, Brian O Curnain, Iain Caimbeul, Brian MacDonald and Tamas Petervary, 2020. Findings of a comprehensive sociolinguistic survey of Gaelic vernacular communities carried out by the Island Gaelic Reasearch Project. It recommends that in order to revitalisation Gaelic in communities, a dynamic new language planning model is required. The people of Tiree were involved in the survey, and Tiree is mentioned throughout the book.
Hardback book ‘Religion in a Hebridean Island’ by Rev Robert D Higham, 2020. Monograph about the history of religion and beliefs in the Hebrides, with particular reference to Tiree. Rev Higham was the Church of Scotland minister of the Parish of Tiree during 1995-2002.
Softback book ‘The Genealogy of the Clan MacLean’ by Ronald W Collins, USA, 2020 (2nd edition). Spanning 970 years from Old Dubhghall of Scone, through 30 generations of Dubhghall’s descendants to Clan MacLean of Duart and Clan MacLaine of Lochbuie. MacLean sub-chiefs are traced from Inverness, through the Great Glen, Mull, Tiree, Coll, Muck and other smaller islands, back to the Chiefs of Duart or Lochbuie. Includes brief histories of clan origins and significant events.
Softback book ‘A Divided Life’ by Robert Cecil, 2017. Biography of the Cambridge spy Donald Duart Maclean (b.1913). Donald’s grandfather, John MacLean, was a shoemaker in Kilmoluaig, then later in Carmarthen. Tiree is mentioned on page 3.
Softback book ‘A Spy Named Orphan’ by Roland Philipps, 2018. The full story of the Cambridge spy Donald Duart MacLean (b. 1913) based on previously classified material. Donald’s grandfather, John MacLean, was a shoemaker in Kilmoluaig, then later in Carmarthen. Tiree is mentioned on pages 8-9 & 366.
Booklet ‘Smuaintean bho Cheann a’ Bhara – Òrain agus bàrdachd le Niall M Brownlie’, 2016. A collection of Gaelic songs and poems written by Niall Brownlie, Barrapol (1925-2015), compiled by his niece, Flora MacKinnon.
Fabric-covered book ‘Seeing London with my Young Friends’ by Charles A Puncker, published in around 1930. On the inside front page is handwritten ‘Presented to Archie Jonston for Attendance Ruaig Sunday School, March 1945’. Archie’s family were from Ruaig, and he was evacuated to Ruaig from Rochester, Kent, during WWII.
Hardback book ‘From Coastal Command to Captivity’ by W J Hunter, 2003. Memoirs of Wing Commander Jim ‘Ginger’ Hunter who served in the RAF during WWII alongside Charles ‘Jock’ McLean (1917-1941), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. Charles was a close friend of Hunter, and is mentioned several times in the book (pages 27-43). The book is accompanied by a letter, dated 2006, highlighting one of the passages. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.
Small soft-back hymn book ‘The Psalms and Church Hymnary, revised edition’ published by Oxford University Press, and belonging to Donald Archibald MacLean, Kenovay. Handwritten on the inside is “D McLean”. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.