An Iodhlann’s Chairman, Dr John Holliday, has written and published a new book ‘Longships on the Sand’. Based on some 250 Norse and medieval place-names, this fascinating new analysis demonstrates that the Norse influence on Tiree was intense, profoundly shaping the island from the ninth to the thirteenth century as one of the Outer Hebrides. Available from An Iodhlann at £35.
Framed, printed map of Scotland showing old place-names, drawn in 1695 by Robert Morden. Includes later hand-written annotations. Originally published in ‘Camden’s Britannia’ 1695, with maps of English Counties and Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Book extract `The Sharp-witted Wife`, 1915
Photocopied extract from the Scottish Historical Review, 1915, by John Gregorson Campbell (Tiree, 1836-1891), about the origins and tellings of a folk story about a reclusive and sarcastic old woman of supernatural powers. Probably of Irish origin but includes Tiree its various versions.
Booklet `Rathad an Isein / The Bird`s Road`
Small booklet by Anne Campbell, Lewis, listing the Gaelic names and terms for features of Lewis moorlands and for working there (mostly peat-cutting).
Notes regarding audio recordings made on Tiree in 1972 and 1974
Two folders of handwritten notes made by Eric Cregeen while he was recording Tiree people speaking onto cassette tape during 1972 and 1974, plus a map of Balephuil, Balinoe and Barrapol annotated with the names of people living in each house. People recorded in notes: Donald Sinclair, Hector Kennedy – Balephuil, John Brown – Balephuil, John MacLean – Kilmoluaig, John MacLean – Cornaigbeg. Subjects covered include ancestry, Gaelic prose and songs, people living nearby, second sight, place names, shebeens, building construction, poverty, weather, schools, food, shops, water supplies, emigrants, rents, skeleton, confrontations, ferries and ships, literacy, crofts, Pairc na Coille, wars, Land Leagues, churches, illnesses.
Text `You Say iodh, I Say vist`, 2013 (version 1)
Text about the occurrence of Norse place-names on Tiree and the implication that there was once a thriving and long-lasting population of Scandinavian settlers in southern Scotland. Also stored on computer under `Exhibitions and Texts`. (later versions are available digitally)
Book about the use of Gaelic in the landscape, 2013
Softback book by SNH in Gaelic and English about the origins and means of places names in the Lochaber area.
Map of Ruaig with Gaelic place names
Map of Ruaig hand-drawn by Alasdair Sinclair, Brock, in around 1990, giving place names from Brock and Skippinish to Soa. (includes a photocopy)
Tiree Place Names (early working copy)
Box file of loose sheets of an early working copy (1998) of Dr Holliday`s Tiree Place Names project. See tireeplacenames.org
Map of township boundaries since at least 1990
Copy of Ordnance Survey map of Tiree (1:25,000) with township boundaries and compartment numbers hand-drawen in around 1990. On four sheets of A3.