Cross-section of a hawthorn tree from Glac nan Smeur / Hollow of the Brambles, on the side of Beinn Hynish, Balephuil. There are about 80 rings, suggesting that the tree is still producing new stems. Planted in 1803, it remains the oldest tree on Tiree. Hawthorn can live for 500 years.
Book `Atlantic Hazel`, 2012
Softback book about the history, ecology and conservation of native hazel woodland on the Atlantic fringes of Britain and Ireland. Hazel woodland is thought to have existed on Tiree and Coll around 9,000 years ago. The nuts were probably an important food source for seasonal foragers around the sea kingdom.
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.
Three whole hazelnuts and three shelled hazelnuts. Hazel trees grew on Tiree in Mesolithic times and the nuts were a rich source of food. There are several hazels growing on the Balephuil sliabh today.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 62, 26/5/1993.
Local news including the wreckage of Chay Blyth`s boat in Port a` Mhuilinn, the re-assessment of Council Tax Valuation Banding, the weather, coastal erosion, Kilkenneth 3 by Sandy MacKinnon, trees on Tiree, the sighting of a golden eagle at Milton and the forthcoming botanical survey of Tiree.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 50, 11/11/1992.
Local news including the election of a new Community Council, First Aid training, article by District Councillor Donnie Campbell about the abolition of Strathclyde Regional Council, growing trees on Tiree, the weather and news from the youth club, golf club and Gaelic choir.
Newspaper article `Deanamh a` Leighis` by Mary Beith.
The healing effects of the bay or sweet willow, salix pentandra.
Newspaper article `Deanamh a` Leighis` by Mary Beith
A healing tree in Melness known in Gaelic as `The tree of Farquhar the physician`.