Hardback book ‘Scotland: Mapping the Islands’ by Christopher Fleet, Margaret Wilkes and Charles W. J. Withers, 2016. Foreword by Magnus Linklater. Reproduces some of the most historically significant maps from the National Library of Scotland’s collection in order to explore the many dimensions of island life and how this has changed over time. Arranged thematically and covering topics such as population, place-names, defence, civic improvement, natural resources, navigation, and leisure and tourism. Tiree mentioned pages 3, 44, 45, 49, 61, 82-3, 107 & 174, and featured in maps pages 62-3, 72-3, 92 & 143.
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 ‘Hanging by a Thread: The Scottish Cotton Industry, c. 1850-1914’ by Dr W. W. Knox, 1995. Covers the impact of de-industrialization on the cotton industry in Scotland, which had all but collapsed by 1914, apart from the sewing thread industry in Paisley. James Coats of Paisley, who donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann), is mentioned on pages 117, 122 & 137-8.
Hardback book ‘The Transformation of Rural Scotland: Social Change and the Agrarian Economy 1660-1815’ by T.M. Devine, 1994. Original archive material is used in this book to explore the social revolution when, in the 18th-century, the old peasant society of lowland Scotland was replaced by a new order of capitalist farmers and landless labourers. Covers a range of issues, including the seventeenth-century rural social structure, the eighteenth-century agrarian economy, landlordism and improvement, the evolution of the tenant farming class, and the dispossession of the cottar class. (Tiree mentioned on page 134.)
Hardback book ‘Rob Roy’ by Sir Walter Scott, ca 1820. Presented to Balemartine School by James Coats in 1906. The name Donald Angus MacDonald, Mannal House, is written in pencil on the inside cover. James Coats of Paisley, donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann). From a collection from Mannal House.
Hardback book ‘A History of Clan Campbell, Vol. 3 – from the Restoration to the present day’ by Alastair Campbell of Airds, 2004.
Hardback book ‘A History of Clan Campbell, Vol. 2 – from Flodden to the Restoration’ by Alastair Campbell of Airds, 2002.
Hardback book ‘A History of Clan Campbell, Vol. 1 – from origins to Flodden’ by Alastair Campbell of Airds, 2000.
Book `The Land Below the Waves`, 1994
Softback book about Tiree past and present by Donneil Kennedy of Hynish (duplicate copy). Signed by the author “To Robert Beck with sincere regards, Donneil Kennedy, 23/7/94”.
Book extract `Argyll and the Isles in the Earlier Middle Ages`, 1957
Photocopied extract from the Proceedings of the Society 1957 by AAM Duncan and AL Brown about the history of Argyll and the islands between 1098 and 1263, including Viking occupation.