Associated People: MacArthur, Mr Alec, Heylipol


DVD of filmed photographs and VHS video of Alec MacArthur’s, Heylipol, retirement party held at the Lodge Hotel in 1994. As well as being a crofter, Alec worked as an air-traffic controller at the airport, and was a long-serving member of Tiree Community Council. Speeches by Alec, Alistair MacInnes and Angus MacKechnie, with songs performed by Angus and Neil Munn. Others attendees Tish MacKinnon, Myra Brown, Rosleen Campbell, Iain MacDonald, Clare Jones among others.


DVD compilation of sections of old films about Tiree, made in 2016 from videos held in An Iodhlann amongst others. Includes footage of: ferries, the Mary Stewart, Scarinish harbour, Scarinish Hotel, the ringing stone, Nester and Gavin Carter’s bakery and bread making, school bus driven by butcher Donald MacLean, The Reef, livestock health, Balephetrish, Mannal, Balemartine, Baugh, Tiree High School, children singing a traditional Gaelic hunting song, accordion music and several accordionists, Gaelic songs sung by locals at a ceilidh, thatched houses and thatching with Hector Brown, Alexander MacNeill’s opinions on thatched houses (1985),  Am Bail Ur in Balephuil, Iain MacKinnon talking in Gaelic and English in his house at Kilmoluaig, Hynish harbour and buildings, harvesting and stooks, Cornaig mill, livestock sales, airport, bands, Balevullin, An Iodhlann, Tiree Music Festival, Travee, aerial view of a seal swimming, bicycles, schoolyard games, sheep shearing, Gott Bay pier, cattle, pipe music, shops, ships, Vaul, timelapse film of the sky as the sun sets and rises, young Eilidh Campbell and her brother talk in Gaelic about life on Tiree. Other people include: Ann Carter, Douglas Carter, Sinclair Carter, Olwen Carter, Monica Smith (nee Davis), Neil MacPhail, Angus MacPhail, Mairi Campbell, Bernard Smith, Iain MacDonald, Iain Brown, Iain MacLean, Myra Brown, Hector Campbell, Alex MacArthur, Gordon Connell.


Two DVDs (part 1 and part 2) of a Channel 4 documentary ‘Edgeland’, produced in 1986, about new crofting legislation, the Crofters Commission and the future and history of crofting in the Highlands and islands. Topics include the Crofters’ War, peat cutting, mussel and salmon farming, fishing, forestry, the Cruachan Dam, the Invergordon smelter and the Outer Hebrides.

Part 1 includes footage of Tiree and interviews with local crofters Alec MacArthur, Heylipol, and Alastair MacInnes, Ruaig, and one with Peter Fairweather, the factor for Argyll Estates. With scenes of Balephetrish, hay-making, sheep shearing, a sheep sale at the old auction mart at Crossapol Farm, Balemartine, the airport, plane and fire service, Balephuil and Ruaig.


DVD copy of two television programmes about windsurfing on Tiree in the 1980s.

(1) Tiree Wave Classic windsurfing competition at the Maze, Balevullin, Travee and Gott Bay, 1987. Includes hay stooks in the field, Struthan Store, the Post Bus, the Coop Foodstore, the Reading Room/An Iodhlann and the old community hall at Crossapol. With appearances by Ailig MacArthur, Heylipol; Rev G Donaldson; PC Neil Morrison; Roddy MacKay, Balemartine; John Neil Brown, Cornaigbeg; Hugh MacLean; Iain MacArthur, Sandaig; ‘Bear’ MacKinnon; Lachie Cameron; Gordon Donald, Met Office; Fiona Munn, Kenovay.

(2) ‘Riding the Waves…Catching the Wind’, Wave Sailing Campionship, 1989. Includes the Maze, Travee, the Coop Foodstore, Loch Bhasapol, prize-giving in the old community hall. Appearances by ? Langley; Cathie Omand, Coop Manager; Brian Milne, Scarinish; PC Martin Penny; Willie Angus Maclean (?), Cornaigmore; Mark Beese, Kilmoluaig; Iain MacDonald, Kilmoluaig and Bruce Kemp, Balinoe.


Copy of `Cuairt Litir` – newsletter of the Friends of Thatched Houses, 1987

Copy of the first edition of the newsletter of the `Friends of Thatched Houses`, edited by Alec MacArthur, Heylipol. One article is of a series of photographs of `Roofing a New Barn in Tiree (July 1985)` (probably Scarinish), including Hector Brown and Murdoch MacLean, while another article is in Gaelic about the old houses of Tiree by Alan Boyd. The group was set up to aid perservation and restoration of traditional thatched houses in the Hebrides. Most members were from Tiree.


Photograph of harvesting at Ailig MacArthur`s croft in August 2012

Colour photograph of baling in mid-August 2012 in excellent conditions on Ailig a` Chiobair`s (MacArthur) croft at Heylipol. Looking east from Taigh Dhonnchadh Dhomhnall Bhain at Ceosabh (now Bruce & Francis Kemps). This whole crofting operation was carried out in 2 days whereas over 50 years ago the former type of harvesting in this field would be undertaken over a period of 4 months through the various stages of harvesting. Original stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1.



Photograph of Alec MacArthur in form of the `Welcome to Tiree` sign, ca.1984

Black & white photograph of Alec (Beag) MacArthur, Heylipol, sitting in front of a sign “Fàilte do Thiriodh – Welcome to Tiree”, around 1984. (original in filing cabinet 9, drawer 3)



Photograph of the opening of a meeting at Tùr Mhic Chalium, Kilkenneth, in 1986

Colour photograph of Ailig MacArthur, Heylipol, speaking from a rostrum at the opening of a meeting at Tùr Mhic Chalium, Kilkenneth, in 1986. The meeting was officially opened by Mr Angus MacLeod from Lewis. (Original stored with an in filing cabinet 9 drawer 3)



Papers from Cairdean nan Taighean Tugha – Friends of the Thatched Houses

Papers and documents relating to `Cairdean nan Taighean Tugha – Friends of the Thatched Houses` a Tiree based charity set up to help preserve traditional Highland thatched buildings in Argyll, particularly Tiree. Chaired by Alex MacArthur, Heylipol, Coordinated by Donald MacDonald, Heanish, Secretary James Souness, Lochgilphead. Documents include: (1) Invitation to become a member, (2) Constitution – 198?, (3) minutes of a meeting 16 Sept 1998, (4) minutes of AGM 12 July 1999, (5) minutes of a meeting 30 Aug 1999.