Hardback book ‘John G Paton – The Missionary Hero of the New Hebrides’ by Charles D Michael, ca 1900, about the life and times of Rev John Gibson Paton of Kirkmahoe, pioneering minister in the South Pacific Islands (now Vanuatu) in the mid 1800s. On the inside front cover is written ‘Malcolm Brown 1st Prize 1933’ and John Brown, Balephuil, Tiree. From the house of John Brown, The Sliabh, Balephuil.
Printed scans from the register of the Royal Humane Society of London, 1869, showing the entry for Captain Archibald Brown, Mannal, and his crew who saved three of the crew of the ‘Maria & Fanny’ when it was stricken on rocks near Kenavara in August 1868. The Society awarded the Captain Brown the silver medal for bravery and his crew bronze medals. The crew were Neil Sinclair, Archibald MacLean snr, Archibald MacLean jnr, John Black, Duncan MacLean, Thomas Campbell and Archibald Brown.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 456, 11/12/2009
Local news: report on boat-building and restoration course; report on Christmas craft fayre; Tiree Community Business chairman’s report; S5 pupils say thank you for support of mountain climb; TRD’s cinema wins funding award; hoax telephone calls; managment of campervans; in influx of house mice; letter to the editor from Derrick Wolstencroft in Spain; New York marathon update by Matt Boyd; announcing Tiree Association scholarship awards; announcing Christmas lights competition; report on the Think Pink fundraising event at the Lodge Hotel.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 454, 06/11/2009
Local news: new primary school intake; former teacher, Rev John Cairns Christie, to be Moderator for Church of Scotland; report on Tiree Access Steering Group meeting; letters to the editor – year and names in photo in issue No. 453; call to nominate Skerryvore for Trad Award; forthcoming An Iodhlann AGM; boat restoration and building project launched; report on Youth Club meeting; Feis Thiriodh news; cinema news; community Powerdown loans; letters to Alan Reid MP regarding volunteer firefighters; health and wellbeing event; notice of outdoor clothing supplier visit.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 451, 25/09/2009
Local news: Skerryvore perform in China and win A&B’s Young Entrepeneur of the Year; Alan Reid MP visits Tiree; An Iodhlann’s ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’ – Tiree at war; Lunch Club remembers 1930s Tiree; new social worker for Tigh a’ Rudha; report of Strathclyde fire chief’s visit; policing Tiree Wave Classic; Tiree-Islay exchange; report of SWRI meeting; forthcoming visit by Tobermory lifeboat; school news – fundraising for Mod trip, healthy eating week, new rugby club; letters to the editor – damage to machair at Caoles; volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels; community Powerdown project – solar hot water; poem about wind power by Nik Rawson; sheep sale results; forthcoming boat restoration course.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 448, 14/08/2009
Local news: Agricultural Show results; Tiree Regatta results; Tiree architecture exhibition report; Feis Thiriodh 2009 report; request for new members of Tiree Rural Development; An Iodhlann’s article ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’ about schools and staff; new recycling and refuse collection scheme – Tiree Environment and Recycling (TEAR); poem about Tiree by Joseph Thompson; news about the ferry service’s Road Equivalent Tariff (RET); PC Danny Lapsley receives Queen’s Police Medal at Holyrood; Stramash dinghy sailing courses schedule; notice about start of groundworks for the community turbine; RSPB news; new leaflet for responsible visitors; community Powerdown information about low-energy light bulbs; QMS Scottish Sheep Strategy Group open night and demonstration at Heylipol Farm; Mull Theatre play.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 441, 02/05/2009
Local news: article about Coinneach MacKinnon’s new Cygnus fishing boat; invitation by Tiree Renewable Energy Company Ltd (TREL) to contractors to tender for works to prepare a site at Ruaig for a Wind Energy Converter (Tilley); Tiree Windsurfing Club update; school news; sponsored read ‘Read to Feed / Leughadh son Biadh’ to raise funds to send a cow to Africa; Oban Hospice fundraising; Tiree Youth Club 2009 awards; notice announcing collection of data to informa decisions about future ferry services; reporter’s notes about the Lodge Hotel, Gordon Scott’s arrival at Everest base camp; local artists exhibiting in Buchlyvie, and the quality of Sam’s [Buschnak] Fish & Chips; report on A&B’s Social Work services; new staff at Tiree Community Business; Gunna Sound ceilidh band launches its first CD; traditional boat building skills return to Tiree through the Tiree Maritime Trust.