Portrait photograph of Kenneth Nisbet Mure QC (1947-2016) in barrister’s wig and gown. From the estate of Robert Nisbet, Heanish.
Kenneth Mure’s mother lived on Tiree, and while he lived in Giffnock, he retained a holiday home on the island. Graduating from Glasgow University, he was qualified in both Scots and English law, and was an expert in revenue and property law. Mr Mure became a highly respected Advocate for Scotland in 1975, and took silk as a Queen’s Council for the UK in 1989.
He left over £3m in his will to create the Misses Nisbet Educational Fund, a trust that would be used for “the advancement in education and that for the benefit of residents or former residents of Tiree and in particular those who have attended school in Tiree and such other persons who in the opinion of the trustees have a substantial personal or family connection with Tiree.”
Record of Work for Cornaigmore School 1970-1974 in three volumes: (1) English, Environmental Studies, Arithmetic, examples of work by primary school children and summaries of their abilities (1970-71); (2) Modern Studies, History, Geography, Arithmetic, Algebra, Physical Education, Leisure Activities (1973-74); (3) Primary 1-5, numbers, sound, mathematices, English, (1973-74).
Class Summary registers for Cornaigmore Secondary School, 1971-1991, containing abstracts of daily registers and term summaries, listing date, class number, number on roll, days open, possible attendances, number of abscences. Does not contain pupils’ or teachers’ names. Thirty volumes.
Hardback book ‘Gaelic Scotland: The Transformation of a Culture Region’ by W. J. Withers, 1988. Covers the process of cultural change in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, particularly during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (Including policies of successive governments, the decline of the Gaelic language, and the Clearances.) Tiree mentioned pages 8, 181, 209, 214, 219, 225, 241, 285, 357, 359, 373-5 & 380.
Hardback book ‘The Phonetics of the Gaelic Language and a System of Phonography’ by Malcolm MacFarlane, 1889. Includes exposition of orthography. Presented to Cornaigmore library in 1906 by James Coats, Jnr of Ferguslie House, Paisley, who donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann).
Hardback book ‘Gaelic in Scotland 1698-1981: The Geographical History of a Language’ by Charles W. J. Withers, 1984. Foreword by Derick S. Thomson. Surprisingly little is known of the geographical history of Gaelic: where and when it was spoken in the past, and how and why the Gaelic-speaking area of Scotland has retreated and the language declined. This book answers four broad questions: what has been the geography of Gaelic in the past? How has that geography changed over time and space? What have been the patterns of language use within the Gaidhealtachd in the past? And what have been the processes of language change? Tiree mentioned pages 50, 68, 207, 221, 299, 311.
Collection of four school books from Ruaig and Cornaig schools in the 1950s: (1) The New Speed and Accuracy Tests in Arithmetic, Book 1, by CW Saurin, published by Blackie and Son, Glasgow, (2) Holmes’ New Comprehensive Arithmetic, Book 4, W&R Holmes, Glasgow, (3) Third English Workbook, by Ronald Ridout, published by Ginn & Co., London, (4) Blackie’s New Systematic English Readers, Second Reader, by Eleanor I Chambers, published by Blackie & Son, Glasgow.
Hardback book ‘Oban High School – the first 100 years’, 1993. Published to celebrate the centenary in 1992, describes principal events, educational trends and reminiscences by former pupils. Also includes FP Association in Glasgow and the Rector’s view of the future.