Digital copy of Description of Tiree from a book published in 1808. Consists of a handwritten transcription from a book, and includes mentions of: Island House, crops, livestock, caves at Ceanm-harra [Kenavara], the Reef, duns [brochs], St Patrick’s Chapel, the discovery of coins in ‘small earthen vessels’, and the discovery of human and horse skeletons in Cornaigbeg. The document also mentions that the ancient name of Tiree was Riog-Hachd-bar-Fathuim, ‘the Kingdom whose summits are lower than the waves’.
Digitised copy of a document regarding the State of the farms on Tiree, and “the two ends of Coll”, by Balineary, 1748-1749. Compiled by the Factor, each entry provides the tenants name, the length of their tenancy, their present rent/tack duty and a comment on their present circumstances and the Factor’s opinions on the tenants’ ability to pay their rent/tack duty.
Click to view a transcript of this item. Includes several disused township names.
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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.
Hardback book ‘The Gaelic Songs of Duncan MacIntyre’, edited and translated into English by George Calder, Edinburgh, 1912. Duncan MacIntyre ‘Donnacha Ban nan Oran’ (1745-1812) was a Gaelic bard famed throughout the Highland’s and beyond. Some songs are unusually humorous and satirical. Includes a biography, definitions of some Gaelic place names and a hand-annotated newspaper cutting mentioning Mr Robert Buchanan. Found in ‘Melness’, Cornaigbeg.
Information about the origins and forms of the surname ‘Tyrie’, from the Oxford Dictionary of Family Names, 2016. There are several alternative spellings of the name from Murdoch de Tiri in 1292, to Robert Tyree in 1785. In 1881, the name Tyrie was most common in Angus.
Local news: MSP for Children and Early Years visit; results of the lamb sale; An Iodhlann’s new place names project by Iona Brown; Tiree competitors at Mull half marathon; dates for forthcoming Tiree Wave Classic; community windturbine works progress; Girl Guides reunion on Tiree in 2010; Canadian funders assist An Iodhlann’s genealogy records; Windsurf Club update; information about Tiree High School gala day.
Bound dissertation ‘Norse by Northwest: pursuing Scandinavian settlement on Coll and Tiree’ by Oliver Rusk, University of Glasgow, 2016, discussing the lack of rigorous archaeological research into Viking-Age settlement in the Inner Hebrides, despite the evidence in place-names and land management.
Hardback book ‘Audur’ by Vilborg Davidsdottir, 2009. The novel follows a Viking girl, Audur, from her childhood on Tiree to Iceland. Signed by the author “To John Holliday with warm regards from Iceland! 2 July 2018”. Includes some Norse names for places in Tiree, Dublin and the rest of the British Isles. Entirely in the Icelandic language.