Tag Archives: poetry and poems


Handwritten poem in praise of Rev Hector Cameron (1880-1940), Cornaigmore, by Hugh MacCowan, a worker in the slate quarry on Seil Island. Given to the donor by Hector Cameron’s son. The poem begins: In memory of the late Hector Cameron

“It’s Hector Cameron’s death we mourn / We lost a faithful friend / Our throbbing hearts with anquish torn / His fame we will defend.”

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Hardback book `O Choille gu Bearradh – From Wood to Ridge – Collected poems in Gaelic and English’ by Sorley MacLean, 1989

Book of Gaelic poems by Raasay-born Sorley MacLean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain; b. 1911), with English translations. Signed by the author “do Mharsaili, le dùrachd, Somhairle MacGill-Eain, 7.4.90”, and then by Margie (Mharsaili?) “To the Holliday family with best wishes, Margie Woodward, Cley Oct. 1999”.


Conference paper about sustainable use of a cultural landscape – machair, by William Welstead, Baugh, 2013

Draft paper about the relationship between culture, machair and conservation. Submitted to a symposium on `Literature and Sustainablility` on the mainland in 2013. Includes emailed comments on the draft by Dr John Bowler, RSPB Tiree, summary and biography of W Welstead, and the symposium timetable.

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Assortment of teaching material from Tiree High School, ca. 1980

Assortment of photocopied typed and hand-written texts used to teach Argyll history in Tiree High School around the 1980s. Includes: the Stevenson brothers; Dr Johnson and James Boswell 1773; Glen Coe; Duror of Appin; Auchindrain Museum; Nether Lochaber – stories of Rev. Alexander Stewart; Inveraray Castle; Dunollie Castle; Kilchurn Castle; Duart Castle; Kinlochaline Castle; The Song of the Clyde; Mary of Argyll; The Isle of Mull; The Road to the Isles; Mull and the other inner isles; The Smaller Sudereys; West Inverness and Argyll; Oban; Crinan Canal; map of Iona


Inventory of the George Holleyman collection held at An Iodhlann 2013

Printed list of numbered items in the George Holleyman collection of artefacts, photographs, manuscripts and notebooks, held at An Iodhlann. Copy included at the start of the G Holleyman collection file folder. George Holleyman FSA was an archaeologist who was stationed at RAF Tiree during WWII. He carried out significant amounts of pioneering archaeological work in Sussex  during the first half of the 20th century, along with Drs. Eliot and Cecil Curwen. He was made a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries  in 1949.