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Archive film about Strathclyde c 1973

DVD film from the Scottish Screen Archive about `Strathclyde`. Filmed in 1973, colour, sound. About the forthcoming new Scottish region of Strathclyde using the views of school children from the region to describe their local areas. Senior pupil at Oban High School, Lachie MacFadyen, speaks about his home of Tiree. Footage includes the old mart at Crossapol farm, the Hebridean Knitwear Factory, Scarinish harbour and travelling between Tiree and Oban to school on the ferry “Claymore”. Other areas mentioned: Dalavich, Oban, Coatbridge, Oban hostel, bus to west Loch Tarbert ferry, Tayinloan ferry, Glasgow, housing projects, Hunterston nuclear power station and industrial estate.


Audio cassette recording of Donneil Kennedy talking to John Donald MacLean in June 1998.

Donneil Kennedy talks to John Donald MacLean (Teòn Dòmhnall a’ Mhuilinn) in June 1998 about the history of the knitwear factory, the sinking of the ferry Loch Seaforth in 1973, anecdotes about Hector Kennedy, Malcolm MacLean of Salum and John Kennedy of Crossapol, the pre-war shops on Tiree, the ghost at Island House, the appointment of vet Jimmy Wilson in 1973, the problems installing septic tanks, his uncle AndrewYoung’s war experiences, expeditions by horse and cart in the 1930s and his memories of Argyll County Council around 1970.


Audio cassette recording of Neil MacLean talking to John Holliday.

Neil MacLean of Kenovay talks to Dr John Holliday in 1998 about his family, leaving school and working on his father’s croft then at Brown & Sons in Balemartine, working on the mainland and returning to Tiree as Co-op manager, managing the newly set-up Knitwear Factory at Kirkapol Free Church, the success and problems of running the business, the end product, and the new factory built at Crossapol which finally closed in 1982.


Newsletter `Fios agus Fathunn`, No. 10, 1982 (3 copies).

Local news including the proposed closure of the knitwear factory, a letter from the Director of Water about the muddy mains water, the continuing off-loading of mail and newspapers from Loganair flights, news from the church, the school, Vaul Golf Club, the Regatta Club and the Boys Brigade, a letter from the vet about vaccination of of calves, the weather and bird-watching.