Tag Archives: stories

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2021.53.88

Digitised copy of Tiree mermaid – sworn statement of the discovery of a sea creature on the shore on Tiree, by Collin McNiven before James Maxwell, Justice of the Peace, 1813.

The statement (given by Colin MacNiven, tacksman of Grianal [Greenhill]) contains a detailed description of the discovery and appearance of the mermaid. MacNiven states that the mermaid was discovered eighteen years prior.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2022.3.1

Large collection of documents from the Tiree Association 1945-2003: 10 ledgers of minutes from meetings May 1945 to 2000; 8 folders of correspondence 1987-1995; 6 folders regarding Glasgow functions 1987-1993; 1 folder of summer functions (Tiree) 1987; 6 folders regarding Annual Gatherings 1987-1992; 1 folder of AGM booklets 1988-1995; 1 folder of miscellanea – centenary celebrations, photo of directors(?) ca 1990, document about restoration of Kirkapol Chapels, rough draft of Nud’s Notebook, list of Life Members and Life Membership card, Tiree Cycle 2002, Burn’s Night 2002, Gathering concert 2003, Jubilee souvenir programmes from 1950 and 1960, founding document for An Iodhlann 1996.

A summary of the history of the Tiree Association was compiled from these documents by Dr John Holliday in Sìl Eòlais No. 44, November 2021. Minutes from before May 1945 were destroyed in a fire.

2020.53.4

Original copy of a children’s comic book featuring the story ‘Dandy, the Detective Dispatch Rider’ by Mrs Alexander Gross, and colour sketches of a German Zeppelin and British tri-planes during WWI. Published by Geographia, London in 1920. Also includes a poem ‘The Flowers Postman’ about bees, and sketches of children. The name John ? Lamont is signed in pen at the top of the cover. Found in ‘Harbour’, Caoles.

2019.16.1

Research by genealogist Flo Straker, indicating that there is NO family connection between Alastair MacLean, author of wartime novels, and Donald MacLean the Cambridge spy, both of whom had Tiree roots. Alistair Stuart MacLean (b. 1922 at Daviot Manse) was descended from Donald MacLean (b. 1729) and Mary Lamont of Heylipol. Donald Duart MacLean (b. 1913 in London) was descended from Alexander MacLean, Cornaigbeg (b. 1732) and Mary MacNaughton (Reid), Kirkapol (b. 1736).

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2018.112.1

Ten books ‘The Eric R Cregeen Fieldwork Journals’, edited by Margaret Bennett, 2018. Historian Eric Radcliffe Cregeen (1921-1983) made hundreds of audio recordings of oral histories from a wide range of people from around Scotland. His meticulous notes are displayed and transcribed in nine volumes, with those regarding Tiree recordings presented in Volumes 3 to 9.

Vol 1 1939-1949; Vol 2 1949-1957; Vol 3 1955-1959; Vol 4 1959-1968; Vol 5 1969-1972; Vol 6 1973-1974; Vol 7 1974-1978; Vol 8 1975-1976; Vol 9 1977-1982; Vol 10 Index.

2018.89.1

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.

2018.43.3

Softback booklet ‘Camhanaich – Sgeulachdan Goirid’ by Dòmhnall Iain MacIomhair, 1982. Thirty short stories in Gaelic by Donald Iain MacIver, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

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