Emailed information about the HF/DF Station at Kenovay. Built in the utmost secrecy during WWII, it was used to track aircraft and German U-boats, and was key to D-Day operations. After the war all traces of it were carefully removed.
“It was certainly in use on D-Day! Its exact location I cannot be sure of but its intended location was MKJM 06593073 using the Georef system which places it at latitude 56 30 43.8N longitude 006 53 24.6W and its role was vital in securing the return of Coastal Command weather recce aircraft. D-Day was to have been 4 June but Gp Capt Stagg advised General Eisenhower that the weather was a no-no but he had reports from a weather ship that indicated that rising pressure and temperature were likely to push the worst weather North. An elite crew from 518 Sqn on Tiree were tasked to probe into the weather patterns and establish whether or not this was true. They signalled back to the disbelief of the boffins at Dunstable who said “Rubbish!” but the Polish Met observer put them straight and after nine and a half hours the aircraft returned safely thanks to the brilliant crew and also the radio fixes from Tiree. The flight data was absolutely crucial to the D-Day plan. Well done 518 Sqn!!! It was a true team effort by a marvellous crew of eight, Stagg was right, Eisenhower trusted him and D-Day went ahead.”
Hand-drawn map of Tiree showing the locations of 15 aerial photographs taken around the island in 1998 (see 2016.54.1~15). Areas covered are: Kirkapol, Vaul, Ruaig, Cornaigmore, Cornaigbeg, Kenovay, Balephetrish, Caoles, Salum, Kennavara, Hough, Balevullin, Middleton, Kilkenneth, Moss, Baugh, Balemartine, Balinoe, Scarinish, Heanish and Hynish.
Book ‘Twentieth-Century Crofting Schemes on Tiree and Coll’ by Bob Chambers, 2016, with foreword by Prof. Donald Meek, Caoles. Shortly before and shortly after WWI, over 100 new crofts were created on Tiree and Coll, and almost 40 existing crofts were enlarged. The impact on the islands was enormous, wide-ranging and long-lasting, particularly on Tiree.
Article titled ‘Leaving Tiree’ by Brian Anderson, published in the Scottish SIG Newsletter of the Ontario Geneaological Society, 2015. The author tells of his Tiree ancestors Allan MacLean, Kenovay, his wife Mary and their children, and the hardships they faced when they emmigrated to upper Canada on board the Oughton in May 1804, arriving in Baldoon Settlement in southwestern Ontario in September 1804.
Local news: call for information on skate; interview with Fiona Maxwell, Kenovay; photography competition; nature in schools; biodiversity; improvements to Oban-Glasgow bus service; Goose Management Scheme; Tiree Trust news; Tiree Regatta Club; champion Ruaig bullock.
Local news: Tiree 10K; An Iodhlann re-opens; interview with Elaine Hutchinson; air link between Oban and islands; Helen Thompson professional kite-surfer; `Tiree Experience` day tour; the Tiree Association; architecture awards; MacLeans of Tiree and New Zealand; kite-building competition (goose scarers); `Pipathon`; closure of Craft Shop, Kenovay.
Family tree for the MacLeans of Rossdhu and Ardbeg Kenovay, 1750-1972
Photocopied family tree showing the ancestry of the MacLeans of Rossdhu, Kenovay, from the MacDonalds of Fortingall, Glen Lyon, and Charles MacLean of Cornaigbeg in the mid-late 1700s, to the MacLeans of Rossdhu and Ardbeg.