An ‘Active Service RAF Privilege’ envelope addressed to Mrs V R Harvey, Hastings, stamped 12 October 1942 , Crossapol, Tiree, containing a series of letters from her husband Harry Harvey who served at RAF Tiree during WWII. In the letters Harry expresses how homesick he is, how he misses his wife and child, and his frustration at missing several shots at the island’s wildlife. The letters were opened and approved by the Postal Censorship Authorities before delivery.
Hardback book`The Land of the Hills and the Glens` by Seton Gordon, 1920. Illustrated portrayal of the Hebrides and the west coast of Scotland (Tiree pages 158-167). On the inside front cover is written “For Peter Anderson. With best wishes from the Author. March 1921”. Peter Anderson was the first gamekeeper on Tiree, appointed in 1886.
Photocopy of an article published in the Annals of Scottish Natural History, January 1907, giving an account of birds recorded at Skerryvore during migration: ‘Bird-life as observed at Skerryvore Lighthouse’ by James Tomison.
Hardback book ‘Birds of Argyll’ by Tristan ap Rheinallt, Clike Craik, Paul Daw, Bob Furness, Steve Petty & David Wood, 2007. Describes the history, status and distribution of birds in Argyll, including data from Tiree.
Three academic papers regarding grey seals, 1959-61
Three reprints of papers written by John Morton Boyd (and others), Balephuil/Edinburgh, from the Proceedings of the Zoological Society, London, regarding the biology of grey seals in the Hebrides: (1)The breeding colony of grey seals on North Rona, 1959; (2) Observations on the grey seal at North Rona in 1960; (3) The grey seal in the Outer Hebrides in October 1961. Each is marked as belonging to Robert Beck, Ruaig.
Local news: call for information on skate; interview with Fiona Maxwell, Kenovay; photography competition; nature in schools; biodiversity; improvements to Oban-Glasgow bus service; Goose Management Scheme; Tiree Trust news; Tiree Regatta Club; champion Ruaig bullock.