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Softback book ‘Flight from the Croft’ by Bill Innes, 2019. Bill recounts his career as a pilot during the 1950s-1996, which included flying BEA passenger aircraft between the Scottish islands. Tiree and Captain David Barclay are mentioned on pages 31, 41, 72 & 73.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 345, 11/6/2005.

Local news and events including the fundraising event for the Air Ambulance, the relocation to Tiree of nine jobs administering the Croft House Grant Scheme, the visit by over a hundred Canadians on the MV Explorer, the Crossapol Environmental Project, the election of Community Councillors and news from the RSPB.


Audio cassette recording of Angus MacKechnie of Crossapol talking to Maggie Campbell in December 1999.

Angus MacKechnie of Crossapol talks to Maggie Campbell in December 1999 about starting work at Edinburgh Airport fire service in 1968, returning to Tiree in 1971 when a qualified fire-fighter, the first flights from the Reef in the 1930s, the construction of Tiree airport during WWII, the people who worked at the airport, the many jobs fire-fighters were expected to do, the regular pilots, air ambulance procedures, Met Station reports, compulsory courses and air crash simulations, various stories about passenger flights and the differences between working at Tiree and Edinburgh airports.


Bill Innes talking about Captain David Barclay

Sound clip in English of former airline pilot Bill Innes talking about Captain David Barclay.

Courtesy of Mr Bill Innes

Former airline pilot Bill Innes tells a humorous anecdote about Captain David Barclay, MBE, during an illustrated talk about the pioneers of Scottish aviation held in An Talla, Tiree on 5th July 2004.

The name David Barclay is synonymous with the development of aviation in the Western Isles and with the Scottish Air Ambulance Service. He flew his first ambulance flight with Northern & Scottish Airways in 1935 and at the end of his career had flown more than two thousand ambulance missions.

He was awarded the MBE in 1942 and invested with the order of St John of Jerusalem in 1950. Much loved and well respected by those who knew him, Captain Barclay retired in April 1965 with an overwhelming send-off from islanders in Barra and Tiree.


Folder titled `Argyll County Council` containing correspondence with Tiree and Coll District Council 1928 – 1969.

Folder titled `Argyll County Council` containing correspondence with Tiree and Coll District Council 1928 – 1969 about piers, graveyards, schools, housing water supply and sewerage, war memorials, the airstrip on Coll, roads, ferry and air services.


Folder titled `Tiree Ward Minutes` containing District Council papers dated from 1952 to 1964.

Folder titled `Tiree Ward Minutes` containing minutes of Tiree Ward meetings and Coll Ward meetings from 1952 to 1964 and some correspondence with Argyll County Council.