Small hardback boook ‘An Ceud Leabhar Leughaidh’ containing 27 stories and poems in Gaelic, with an introduction by Domhnall Mac a-Phi (Donald MacPhee). Covered in brown wrapping paper. Handwritten on the outised and inside covers is “Cathie Sinclair, Cornaigmore High School, 1941”. From a series of Gaelic books for schools.
Extract from Archaeology Ireland magazine, Autumn 2015: ‘Decoding Finn mac Cumaill’s Places’ by E FitzPatrick, R Hennesy, P Naessens and JF Nagy. An academic interpretation of European place-names in relation to the traditional Celtic tales of the warrior-hunter Finn mac Cumaill and his fian (wild band), which are historically popular among the Gaelic-speaking people of Scotland, Ireland and Isle of Man.
Hardback book ‘Beulah’, a work of fiction by AJE Wilson about a girl in an orphanage, ca 1900. Presented to Heylipol School by James Coats in 1904. The name Colin MacDonald (Mannal) is written in pencil on the inside cover. James Coats of Paisley, donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann). From a collection from Mannal House.
Collection of 12 academic papers (1984-2013) about Vikings in the Hebrides including information on Norse names in Barra, the Hebrides and the N Atlantic area, Viking silver and gold artefacts, migration to the Inner Hebrides, Norse and Gaelic ancestry by DNA analysis, genetic evidence in Shetland and Orkney, colonization of the N. Atlantic, ethnicity, the Vikings in Gaelic oral tradition.
Card funeral sheet celebrating the life of Neil Brownlie, Barrapol (1925-2015), with a colour photograph of Neil and his dog on the front, and lyrics for two hymns inside (Morning has Broken; The Lord’s My Shepherd). The service was held at Falkirk Crematorium in January 2015. Neil wrote many stories, songs and articles about Gaelic culture and history.
Book `Cry at Midnight` by Mavis Gulliver, 2014
Fictional story for children that takes place on Tiree. Featuring magic and mythical creatures, and sea beans. Signed by the author.
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.
Book ` Adomnan`s Life of Columba`, 1961
Hardback book edited by Alan Orr Anderson and Marjorie Ogilvie Anderson re-telling Adomnan`s historical document of life, culture and beliefs among the Scots of Britain and Ireland during the 8th century AD.
Bound copies of `People`s Friend` magazine, 1906
Hardback, fabric-bound collection of People`s Friend magazines from January – June 1906. Inscription on inside front cover reads “Miss McLaine, Links Cottage, Scarinish, Tiree. Peoples Friend 1905”.
Book `Càth anns a` Ghaoith` by Niall M Brownlie, 2013
Softback book of short stories in Gaelic, some from the oral tradition of Tiree and some fiction written by Niall Brownlie of Barrapol himself.