Tag Archives: geology

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Geological map of England, Wales and the Isle of Man, 1; 625,000.

Solid geology map of England, Wales and the Isle of Man showing sedimentary formations, igneous and metamorphic rocks at a scale of 1:625,000.


Bound source material for WEA Scotland Coll and Tiree Summer School 1994.

Source material about the geology and ornithology of Coll and Tiree for a WEA Scotland Summer School held in May 1994.


Photocopied extract `Parish of Tiry` from `The Statistical Account of Scotland 1791-99`.

Information about the geography and topography of Tiree, its agriculture and livestock, water mills, climate, diseases and population, fuel, industries and fishing, local customs, education, travel and religion.


Draft report about the aggregate resources and requirements on Tiree by Dr Paul J Henney and Jon Merritt of the British Geological Survey.

Review of the available sand and gravel resources on the island and consideration of alternative sources with a view to ensuring that local aggregate requirements are met while keeping the environmental impact to a minimum, plus O/S map showing sites of aggregate resources.


Extract from John Knox’s Tour through the Highlands and the Hebrides in 1786

Transcription of an extract from ‘A Tour through the Highlands of Scotland and the Hebride Isles, in 1786’ by John Knox.

In 1786 the British Society for Extending the Fisheries sent John Knox to the north and west coasts of Scotland to prospect for new harbours and fishing grounds. During his visit to Tiree, he surveyed the coastline and concluded that Gott Bay was the most practicable place for a pier.

This was in line with the thinking of the Society’s Governor, the 5th Duke of Argyll, who over the previous fifteen years had encouraged settlement in a new fishing village at Scarinish by offering ‘a few years’ free possession of a house-room, two acres of arable and a cow’s grass.’

In 1793 the Duke again instructed the island’s Chamberlain to encourage his tenants to attend to the fishing. However, in a list of exports from Tiree in the following year there is still no mention of any fish being sent from the island.

The full publication is available to borrow from An Iodhlann: 2017.50.3


Paperback book `Natural Environment of the Inner Hebrides` edited by John Morton Boyd and D. R. Bowes.

The geology, marine and freshwater environment, vegetation and flora, evolution and fauna, land use and natural resources of the Inner Hebrides.


Photocopy of book extract `Parish of Tiry` by Rev. Archibald McColl.

Description of the geography of Tiree, its wildlife, minerals, antiquities, climate, diseases, population, fuel, manufactures and fishery, livestock, agriculture, the character and customs of the people, the poor, schools, emigration, ferries, churches.

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