Object Type: composition

2019.64.1

Transcriptions of personal letters from Wilfred Lancaster (1909-1988) to his wife Elizabeth (Betty) when he was stationed at Kilkenneth, RAF Tiree during WW2. They provide an interesting insight into life at the airbase during that time. Includes photographs of Wildfred and two other airmen, Reggie Burton and George Parker.

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2019.55.3

Printed email correspondence between John Holliday and Sheena Peckham (2019) regarding further information about the Hendersons of Earnal, and the location of their house near Gott on Tiree.

2019.46.1

Bound composition titled ‘A Visit to Coll’ by Catriona Smyth, 2002. Contains photographs of gravestones in the old and new graveyards on Coll, and a transcription of their inscriptions. Names include Lightbody, MacDougall, Ferguson, Fainges, Taylor, MacKinnon, MacCalum, MacFadyen and McPadyen. War graves include a Royal Marine of the ‘Viknor’, Harvey or Gibson of the ‘Racoon’, Pontus of the ‘Arandor Star’, and several unamed sailors of the  Merchant Navy.

2019.19.1

Manuscript and lyrics for a modern folk song about a woman from Tiree who emigrates to Canada. ‘Fay McKinnon’ was composed by accomplished singer/songwriter Bob Dunn during a visit to Tiree in 2018. Other material includes a CD and booklet of additional songs by Bob Dunn, and covering letter with background to the song.

2019.16.1

Research by genealogist Flo Straker, indicating that there is NO family connection between Alastair MacLean, author of wartime novels, and Donald MacLean the Cambridge spy, both of whom had Tiree roots. Alistair Stuart MacLean (b. 1922 at Daviot Manse) was descended from Donald MacLean (b. 1729) and Mary Lamont of Heylipol. Donald Duart MacLean (b. 1913 in London) was descended from Alexander MacLean, Cornaigbeg (b. 1732) and Mary MacNaughton (Reid), Kirkapol (b. 1736).

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