Audio cassette recording of Hugh MacLean of Barrapol talking to John Donald MacLean in May 1998.
Hugh MacLean (Eòghann Dhòmhnaill Eòghainn Mhòir) of Barrapol talks to John Donald MacLean (Teòn Dòmhnall a’ Mhuilinn) about shipwrecks around the Tiree coasts, seamen’s burial grounds, fishing, shooting cormorants and geese, seaweed as food, the changes in people’s diet and children’s toys, his first bike, self-taught pipers and fiddlers, the genealogy of Pipe Major John MacDonald, the names of Kennavara’s cliffs and caves, and Heylipol School. Tha Eòghann Dhòmhnaill Eòghainn Mhòir a Goirtean Dòmhnall a’ bruidhinn ri Teòn Dòmhnall a’ Mhuilinn mu na luing-bhriste a tha mun cuairt cladaichean Thiriodh, cladha na maraiche, iasgach, a’ sealg sgairbh agus geòidh, ùis feamainn na biadh, na h-atharrachaidhean ann an biadh dhaoine agus dèideagan cloinne, a’ cheud rothair a bha aige fhèin, pìobairean agus fidhlearan a ionnsaich iad fhèin, Màidsear Pìobaireachd Iain Mhic Dhòmhnaill, ainmeannan agus uaimh Cheann a’ Bhara agus Sgoil na Mòintich.
Black and white photograph of airman Ray Warwick at RAF Tiree during WWII.
Airman Ray Warwick with his crossbow at RAF Tiree during WWII. Ray had two hobbies on Tiree – his home-made crossbow for pursuing hares across the airfield and carving wooden chairs from a single piece of wood.
Audio cassette recording of Hugh MacLean of Barrapol talking to John Donald MacLean in 1997.
Hugh MacLean (Eòghann Dhòmhnaill Eòghainn Mhòr) of Barrapol talks to John Donald MacLean in 1997 about shipwrecks on Tiree’s coast, a song about the Vivo composed by John Brown of Kilmoluaig, the burial ground of a shipwrecked crew at Balevullin, the healthy diet of his younger days, changes in the fishing grounds, shooting duck, geese and cormorants, eating seafood and seaweed, his school-days at Heylipol School, his interest in piping and Tiree pipers and fiddlers, the names of the cliffs caves and fishing rocks at Kennavara and his wartime experiences. Tha Eòghann Dhòmhnaill Eòghainn Mhòr a Goirtean Dòmhnall a’ bruidhinn ri Teòn Dòmhnall a’ Mhuilinn ann an 1997 mu na luing-bhriseadh air na tràighean mun cuairt Thiriodh, òran a chaidh a’ sgrìobhadh mun Vivo le Iain ’IcIllDhuinn a Cill Moluaig, an cladh aig sgioba long-bhriseadh ann am Baile Mhuilinn, am biadh fallain a fhuair e ann an làithean òige, atharrachaidhean ann àiteachan iasgaich, an t-sealgaireachd lacha, geòidh agus sgairbh, ag itheadh biadh-cladaich agus feamainn, a làithean-sgoile an Sgoil na Mòintich, a spies ann am pìobaireachd, pìobairean agus fìdhlearan Thiriodh, ainmeannan nan stùcannan, uamhan agus carraigean ann an Ceann a’ Bhara agus deuchainn an àm a’ chogaidh.
Photograph of a shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel around 1912.
Courtesy of Mr Angus MacLean
During the Victorian era and up to World War I, game shooting was a popular field sport. This photograph taken outside the Scarinish Hotel around 1912 shows a shooting party, probably attracted to Tiree by the huge numbers of common snipe.
Sir Hugh Gladstone wrote in his ‘Record Bags & Shooting Records’ of 1922 that Lord Elphinstone and a Mr J. Cobbold, who visited Tiree in the autumn of 1908 and 1909, on both occasions bagged over 1,000 snipe in ten days’ shooting.
Although shooting parties still come to Tiree in October through to January to shoot mainly geese and some snipe, their numbers are exceeded by bird-watchers keen to sight corncrakes, of which one third of the UK population can be found on the island.
Black and white photograph of a shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel.
Shooting party at the Scarinish Hotel around 1912. (Original in Filing Cabinet 2 drawer 1: 1997.178)
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.