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Booklet `Water from the Seventh Wave` 2001

Booklet about the history of health and healing on Tiree, from superstitions and traditional remedies to lay doctors, diseases, dentists, appointed GPs, nurses and ambulance services. Researched by Dr John Holliday for a summer exhibition at An Iodhlann.


Archive film from 1972 about Round `The Mull`

DVD film from the Scottish Screen Archive about `Round `The Mull“. Filmed in 1972, colour, sound. A tour of the western isles on board the “Loch Carron” ferry in June 1972. Starting at Kingston Bridge, Glasgow then down the Clyde under the Erskine Bridge, Dumbarton Rock and Greenock. On to Arran, Fladda lighthouse and round the Mull of Kintyre. Then Tobermory, Coll and Tiree. A walk around Tiree includes footage of An Iodhlann when it was used as a dental surgery by dentist W.R.Weatherston. Then Barra, Lochboisdale and back to Oban.


Archive film from 1966 about `A Dentist`s Road to the Isles`

DVD film from the Scottish Screen Archive about `A Dentist`s Road to the Isles`. Filmed in 1966, colour, sound. Film journal of dental surgeon John Cadden`s trip around the isles to treat patients. Starting at his home in Dumbarton, then to Oban via the Clyde and the Crinan Canal on his boat “Contance”. Then to Tobermory for the first of his treatments, followed by Rum and Eigg. Many close-up views of dental patients undergoing treatment. He also treated patients on Tiree, Islay, Jura, Colonsay and Soay, but not on this trip.


Bill Weatherston, former President of the British Orthodontic Society

Photograph of Bill Weatherston, former President of the British Orthodontic Society.


Courtesy of Mrs Isobel Weatherston

Born in Glasgow in 1906, Bill Weatherston had originally wanted to train as a chef. He qualified in dentistry instead, training at Glasgow and Edinburgh dental schools, and won the gold medal in his year for prothesis work.

He worked in Yorkshire, Inverness and Glasgow and, during WW2, in the Army Dental Corps. One of his patients in Glasgow was working on Tiree, and on his recommendation, the family started to take their holidays in Vaul.

He bought the Reading Room in Scarinish where he set up a dental practice in 1968 and, a year later, took over the Barra practice as well, spending one week a month there. He worked until he became ill in 1983 and used to say as he looked at the view from his surgery window, “All this and a little dentistry too!”

Black and white photograph of Bill Weatherston, Scarinish.

Bill Weatherston of Scarinish, President of the British Orthodontic Society.


Newspaper feature `Down your way – Isle of Tiree`, 2001

Oban Times feature about Tiree: (1) `Busy school to have mini roadway` – mini roadway to be built at the school to teach pre-fives about road safety, (2) `Island Met Office gearing up for winding down` – the impending closure of Tiree Meteorological Station with photograph, (3) `State-of-the-art dental surgery replaces caravan` – the new dental surgery at Baugh with photograph, (4) `Meeting hears new Crossapol Hall no nearer` – the withdrawal of funding for the new hall and the plan to redesign another, (5) `Wish I was here on Tiree` – the visit from a travelling art gallery and Aonghais MacNeacail`s talk about his poetry in An Iodhlann.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, Spring 1986.

Local news including the upgrading of the public hall, dental services on Tiree, a Gaelic poem by Neil Brownlie, an article by Rev George Donaldson and news from the golf club, the school and the football club.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 11, 26/9/1990.

Local news including CalMac`s Sunday sailing from Mallaig, visit by Minister for Transport Cecil Parkinson, the retiral of teacher Dolly Cameron, the refurbishment of the Co-op, changes in the dental services and news from the school and gradening club.