Duncan Grant 1933-2021

We are sad to pass on the news that Duncan Grant, a founder member of An Iodhlann, died on Tiree in early January.

Having been a leading light of the Gaelic community in Glasgow, Duncan was there at the establishment of the Tiree and Coll Gaelic Partnership by Strathclyde Regional Council in 1996. After we set up An Iodhlann in the old Reading Room in Scarinish in 1999, Duncan quickly established himself as an expert genealogist in the days when data retrieval meant hours of spooling through reels of microfilm, and information storage meant keeping thousands of family connections in your head. Duncan – using his local knowledge, infinite patience and prodigious memory – handled hundreds of enquiries from the Tiree diaspora, and played a big part in establishing An Iodhlann’s reputation around the world. From his time in Ruaig School during the Second World War and many summers spent with his family on Tiree, he was a keen observer of island life and had a wonderfully humorous way of re-telling it to a new generation. He ‘retired’ in 2016, although he was still able to come into the archive occasionally to help visitors with particularly difficult problems. He was delighted when Flo Straker, with all her expertise, agreed to take on his role. We will miss him.

Dr John Holliday

2 thoughts on “Duncan Grant 1933-2021

  1. Randy Waugh

    Tha mi brònach a’ leughadh mu bhàs Dhonnchaidh Ghrannd. Tha cuimhne mhath agam air a dhealas a thaobh
    mo chuideachadh le bhith a’ lorg fiosrachadh mu mo shinnsearan Tiree fhèin ann an 2011.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my time on Tiree, and with Duncan at An Iodhlann, although both were far too short.
    May Duncan rest in peace.
    Beannachd leibh,
    Randy Waugh
    Ottawa, Canada
    ps – Please excuse my poor Gàidhlig.

  2. Don and Pauline Brown

    Duncan and Sandy were kind enough to see us when we visited Tiree in 2017. What a wonderful couple. We have very fond memories of that visit to their home and to the island of Tiree. My husband’s grandfather Donald Brown came from Tiree and settled in Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia. Our sincere condolences to Sandy and Family.


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