Local news: Agricultural Show results; Tiree Regatta results; Tiree architecture exhibition report; Feis Thiriodh 2009 report; request for new members of Tiree Rural Development; An Iodhlann’s article ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’ about schools and staff; new recycling and refuse collection scheme – Tiree Environment and Recycling (TEAR); poem about Tiree by Joseph Thompson; news about the ferry service’s Road Equivalent Tariff (RET); PC Danny Lapsley receives Queen’s Police Medal at Holyrood; Stramash dinghy sailing courses schedule; notice about start of groundworks for the community turbine; RSPB news; new leaflet for responsible visitors; community Powerdown information about low-energy light bulbs; QMS Scottish Sheep Strategy Group open night and demonstration at Heylipol Farm; Mull Theatre play.
Local news: article about whether Tiree’s health service is prepared for an outbreak of Swine Flu; Gordon Scott’s ‘Himalayan Odyssey’; An Iodhlann’s ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’; cruise ship visit to Tiree; Alec MacLean’s poem ‘Na Muileann Gaoithe‘; Tiree 10K; reporter’s notes about Ian Sharp’s continuing illness and a light aircraft belonging to a Belgian couple who have bought a house on the island; SWRI news; fundraising for the Pre-5 school garden; advert for an Agri-plastic recycling service; A&B councillor’s report on the condition of Argyll’s roads; John Bowler’s RSPB news; AGM of Tiree Community Development Trust.
Black and white photograph of Peter MacLeod, Ruaig (b. 1933), with his wheelbarrow in the garden at the rear of Ruaig Schoolhouse in 1935/36. The building in the background is the Ruaig Congregationalist Chapel, now a private house.
Peter MacLeod was born in Ruaig School house in 1933. His mother, Christina MacLeod (nee MacKinnon), was appointed teacher at Ruaig School about 1922/1923 after completing her training at Jordanhill College. His father, Robert MacLeod, was appointed Headmaster of Ruaig School in 1927/28, and they were married in 1930. Christina had a lifelong interest in gardening, and Peter was given the wheelbarrow to help his mother in the garden.
Photocopied pages from the annals of the Celtic Society, 1836, in which Rev Neil MacLean, minister on Tiree, reports to George Farquharson, Secretary to the Celtic Society in Edinburgh, the results of the Celtic Society competition for school children on Tiree and Coll. Prize books were awarded for proficiency in arithmetic, writing, english and gaelic. The winning scholars on Tiree attended Kirkapol School – Malcolm MacDougall, Archibald MacKinnon, Donald MacLean, Donald Clarke and Ann MacKinnon; Heylipol School – Allan Campbell, Robert MacFarlane, Flora MacDougall, Christina MacLean, Donald MacIntyre and Catherine Campbell; Hynish School – Allan MacDonald and Hugh MacKinnon. The scholars’ fathers’ names are also listed.
Composition by Alistair MacNeill, Hynish and North Berwick, titled ‘The games we played’ about his memories of the games that he and other children at Hynish and Balemartine School played in the 1940s and 1950s.
Two merit certificates from the Scotch Education Department for Jessie Ann MacDonald, Milton, while attending Ruaig Public School, in 1893 and 1895. Tragically, Jessie Ann died at just 18 years old. From a collection of items found in Milton Cottage, Caoles.
Handwritten letter to Mrs MacDonald, Milton, from Isabella Black, Vaul, dated 1914, regarding receipt of presents from Mrs MacDonald and from Jessie Ann (who was named after Jessie Ann MacDonald who died in 1898). The letter also mentions boys Neil and Hugh Archie, who would appear to be pupils of Isabella Black’s at Ruaig School. Includes the original envelope. From a collection of items found in Milton Cottage, Caoles.