Books

All of the following publications were researched and written in association with An Iodhlann, and can be purchased from us via PayPal or by posting a cheque made payable to ‘AN IODHLANN’ to:

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Longships on the Sand

longships_on_the_sandScandinavian and medieval settlement on the island of Tiree: a place-name study.
The Norse origin of many Tiree township names, such as Cornaig and Crossapol, has never been in doubt. It has previously been thought, however, that the Vikings settled the southern Hebrides less intensely, and for a shorter period, than islands to the north. This new analysis, based on 250 Norse and medieval place-names winnowed from over 3,000 collected during decades of fieldwork on the island, sheds a fascinating new light on Scandinavian settlement in Scotland. It demonstrates that the Norse influence on Tiree was intense and lasted for much of the medieval period, profoundly shaping the island from the ninth to the thirteenth century as one of the Outer Hebrides.

John Holliday – An Iodhlann Press 2016, 480 pages. £35 + Postage and Packing.

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The Secret Island – Towards a History of Tiree

The Secret Island – Towards a History of TireeTiree is one of the most fertile Hebridean islands and has had a relatively large population since early times. One of its Gaelic names – ‘Tìr ìseal an eòrna’ (the low land of barley) – encapsulates its reputation for productive agriculture, while another – ‘Tìr bàrr fo thuinn’(the land below the waves) – illustrates its generally very low-lying nature. And yet, strangely, Tiree is one of the few Hebridean islands without a full-length recent book published about its remarkable history. In the summer of 2013 the Islands Book Trust held a three-day conference on the island in an attempt to explore this hidden history. The conference brought together a wide range of people, from the academic world and from the local community, with knowledge of aspects of Tiree’s history from 1600 to the present day, so they could discuss their views with the ultimate objective of filling this gap. This is the fascinating result of those few days. The Islands Book Trust, 2014, 428 pages. £12.00 + Postage and Packing.

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Tiree – War among the Barley and Brine

In the early 1940s, as country after country fell to Hitlerism, Tiree became a sentinel for the Clyde, other west coast sea ports, Atlantic supply convoys and even the weather in Europe. While the role that Tiree played in defending Britain and liberating Europe was of enormous importance, the influx of military personnel and infrastructure had a dramatic affect on the island’s residents and culture. In this definitive work, the authors have captured many memories of this momentous time. The Islands Book Trust, 2012, 154 pages. £15.00 + Postage and Packing.

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Òrain an Eòrna – Songs of the Barley

The island of Tiree is known for many things, but an increasingly forgotten part of its heritage is the island’s traditional poetry and song. During the 2011 Fèis Thiriodh – the local Gaelic festival – islanders and visitors were asked to list their favourite songs written by Tiree people. This book is the result of that survey. It contains, in order of popularity, the musical score to the top 20 Tiree songs, along with their lyrics in Gaelic and English. Fèis Thiriodh and An Iodhlann, 2012, 52 pages. £12.00 + Postage and Packing.

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Island of Two Harvests

Still the most complete account of Tiree’s history with chapters on the Crofter’s War, the tea clipper Taeping and emigration. An abridged version of The Island of Two Harvests in PDF format is available to download without charge: [document icon]The Island of Two Harvests.pdf . The Tiree and Coll Gaelic Partnership, 2003, 47 pages. £8.00 + Postage and Packing.

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