Copy of the Swiss magazine Passé Simple containing an article (in French) about RAF airman Léonard Revilliod, one of the 16 flight crew who lost their lives in a mid-air collision over Island House in 1944. Léonard was the grandson of the first President of Czechoslovakia, and served with 518 Squadron based on Tiree. Written by Denis Dumoulin in 2020.
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Page from an unknown publication with a photograph titled ‘Major LA Clowes, Tenant of the Duke of Argyll’s shoot on the Isle of Tiree’, 1946. Major Legh Algernon Clowes (1901-1987) of Norbury Hall, near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, served in the 1st Derbyshire Yeomanary in 1933 and was the High Sheriff of Derbyshire.
Top half of a page from The Illustrated London News, Sept. 11, 1886, showing two engraving plates of scenes from Tiree, one looking west across Gott Bay from Ruaig(?), and the other of a tug of war in Scarinish(?) between sailors and marines who came to quell the ‘land agitation‘ on Tiree.
60th anniversary souvenir edition of NHS Glasgow’s ‘Health News’ newspaper, July 2008, containing articles and photographs from the birth of the NHS in 1948 to 2008. Most folk on Tiree will have used Glasgow’s hospital facilities at some time over the decades, and many took up positions in nursing there. The paper provides an insight into health care at that time. From ‘Harbour’, Caoles.
Scanned copy of a newspaper obituary for Captain Allan Campbell (b. ca 1900), Scarinish, in around 1980. Allan Campbell was a deep-sea mariner all his life, including serving in the Merchant Navy during WWII.
Scanned copies of five letters to a Scottish newspaper in 1970, discussing the meaning and origin of the word ‘teuchter’, which is old slang for a rural worker. Correspondents are Donald G Mackenzie (Stevenston), Hugh Cattenach (Glenfinnan), A H MacAlpin (East Kilbride), Angus Macintyre (Tobermory) and Renwick H Leitch (Skelmorlie).
Photocopies of four newspaper articles (1926) and online information (2019) about the Fleetwood steam fishing trawler ‘ST Gaul’ that was swamped by a massive wave and wrecked on a submerged reef off Balevullin in 1926. The crew (all Grimsby men) took to a lifeboat but it overturned in the swell, and seven lost their lives. Two managed to reach the shore.
‘The Countryman’ magazine (Aug 2019) containing an article ‘Not the Last Straw’ on the traditional making of corn-dollies and harvest knots in Staffordshire, pages 24-31. The tradition was also part of Tiree’s harvest culture – see A’ Chailleach and harvest knots.