Audio cassette recording of Hugh MacLean of Barrapol talking to Maggie Campbell in October 1999.
Hugh MacLean of Barrapol talks to Maggie Campbell in October 1999 about his boyhood and schooling at Sgoil na Mòintich, his work on the farm, a spell in the Merchant Navy and 40 years as clerk to Tain Committee, old burial places, old farming methods using horses, harvesting, changes in the weather, planting potatoes, Tiree-made shoes, storms and tornadoes, New Year festivities, whisky, the Glassary and Curtis-Stanford. Tha Iain Aonghais a’ bruidhinn ri Magaidh Chaimbeul anns an Dàmhair 1999 mu na daoine agus àiteachan ann agus mun cuairt Cill Moluaig, feum crotail airson aodach a dhath gu dearg, diofrach thobhtaichean mun cuairt Loch Bhasapol far am b’ àbhaist bradan agus bric a bhi, mac fear-uasal Dhòmhnall ’IcIllEathain a bha na fhear-brathaidh airson an Ruis, mar a fhuair ‘An Green’ ainm, na cathaidhean gainmhaiche a b’ àbhaist a bhi ann, uisge air a tharraing a tobraichean, ag obair air na croitean le eich, a’ cur coirce, neipean agus buntàta, a’ toirt sìol don mhuilinn ann an Còrnaig agus cion nan daoine far an robh iad uaireigin gu math lìonmhor.
In 1924 the Meteorological Office proposed to establish an official telegraphic weather reporting station on Tiree at Cornaig School.
However, they first needed to bring a telegraph line to the post office at Cornaig which the GPO would only do if it was guaranteed an income of £60 per year. The Treasury offered to pay more than half of this and the line was installed in 1926 when five local people put up a guarantee of £5 a year each.
The headmaster Donald O. MacLean agreed to become the Met. Office Observer on Tiree for the sum of £52 a year and John MacPhail of Cornaigmore, was appointed Deputy Observer. The first report was filed in September 1926.
Black and white postcard of the Met Station at Cornaig School.
Postcard showing the Meteorological Station at Cornaigmore. Built by Hugh MacKinnon, Crossapol in 1926. The Headmaster of Cornaig School, D. O. MacLean first took charge of it, followed by Headmaster Mr. Morrison until he left in 1938. John MacPhail, crofter at Cornaigmore, took charge of the Met Station during the war years and, after his death, his wife Marion MacPhail took over responsibility. In around 1945 the Meteorological Office opened at the Reef, Crossapol, and the Cornaigmore station was closed.
Local news including the election of a new Community Council, First Aid training, article by District Councillor Donnie Campbell about the abolition of Strathclyde Regional Council, growing trees on Tiree, the weather and news from the youth club, golf club and Gaelic choir.
Local news including the suspension of BT`s compensation scheme, the air ambulance service, an account of the wreck of the SS Vivo on Balevullin beach in 1890 by Sandy MacKinnon, the weather, and news from the playgroups, the school librarian and the Crofters Union.
Local news including the numbers of houses in Council Tax bands D-F, protests at the shipment of nuclear fuel through the Minches, the weather, news from the school librarian, waste recycling and an article about the Tiree entry in Kelly`s 1926 Directory of Scotland by Les Crawte and Reg Knapman.
Local news including complaints about CalMac, the EU`s Integrated Administration and Control System, the disposal of animal carcasses, corncrakes, Kilkenneth 1 by Sandy MacKinnon, Council Tax charges for second homes, the weather and news from the dentist, the Crofters Union, the youth and golf clubs.
Local news including the wreckage of Chay Blyth`s boat in Port a` Mhuilinn, the re-assessment of Council Tax Valuation Banding, the weather, coastal erosion, Kilkenneth 3 by Sandy MacKinnon, trees on Tiree, the sighting of a golden eagle at Milton and the forthcoming botanical survey of Tiree.
Local news including appeals against Council Tax Banding, the proposed privatisation of CalMac, the value of regular exercise by the doctor, Kilkenneth 4 by Sandy MacKinnon, the weather, SNH grants, Gaelic Partnerships, the Corncrake Intitiative, BBC visit to Hynish, and news from the feis, Sandaig museum and the windsurfing club.