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Audio cassette recording of Mary Ann MacDonald of Heanish talking to Maggie Campbell in February 2004.

Mary Ann MacDonald (Mairi Anna Eòghainn a’ Ghobhainn) talks to Maggie Campbell in February 2004 about her schooldays at Scarinish School, her nursing days in Ayr and Glasgow, people who lived in Gott in younger days, blanket washing at Loch a’ Chiaran, the shops in Scarinish, walking to Heylipol and Balephetrish to visit friends and to the dressmakers at Cornaigbeg, church affairs and the Women’s Guild, the value of the Eventide Home and her support of it. Tha Èairdsidh Ghilleasbuig Eachainn a Còrnaig Mhòr agus Iain Aonghais a Cill Moluaig a’ bruidhinn ri Magaidh Chaimbeul anns an Òg Mhìos 2000 mu na daoine a b’ àbhaist a bhi fuireach ann an Còrnaig Mhòr, an càirdean agus an dreuchd, seirbheis nam bàtaichean aiseag, na bùthan agus oifis a’ phuist ann an Còrnaig, ministearan, sgiobairean agus croitearan, feamainn air ùis na connaidh, muileann Chòrnaig, bean-uasal Bhioctoria Chaimbeul agus an obair math a rinn i; tha Èairdsidh a’ cluich taghaidh de sheidean Gàidhlig air a’ bhocsa-chiùil agus tha e seinn òran Gàidhlig.


Audio cassette recording of Rosie MacIntyre of Scarinish talking to Dr John Holliday in September 1998.

Rosie MacIntyre (Ròsaidh Chaluim a’ Ghobhainn) of Scarinish talks to Dr John Holliday about her schooldays at Scarinish School, wartime activities, the Lodge where her mother worked for Lady Victoria Campbell, how Lady Victoria helped the island by getting a district nurse, starting a Women’s Guild, and setting up woodwork, sewing and knitting classes; she also talks the genealogy of people from Gott and Kirkapol.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, December 1987 (3 copies).

Local news including report form the WRI, Womens Guild and Tiree Agricultural Society, recipes, Tiree Wave Classic, contribution from the minister, training courses for crofters, news from the school, the football and the regatta clubs.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 3 (new issue), 28/2/1990.

Local news including the nursing beds at Taigh a` Ruadh, the Hebridean Trust activity centre at Hynish, a new waiting room at the surgery, the youth club, CalMac`s summer timetable and news from the Women`s Guild, the gardening club and the feis.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 64, 28/6/1993.

Local news including charges for residents of the Continuing Care Unit, the local bus service, botanical survey of Tiree, waste recycling, Gaelic survey, new optician for Tiree and news from the golf club, Tiree Art Exhibition, the regatta club, the Womens Guild, SWRI, NFU and the windsurfing club.


Women’s Guild outing at the Reading Room in the 1930s

Photograph of a Women’s Guild outing at the Reading Room in the 1930s.


Courtesy of Mr Donald Brown

Constructed in the 1880s with money collected by the Tiree Agricultural Show Committee and a donation from the 8th Duke of Argyll, the building was originally designed as a waiting room for the ferry when it lay off Scarinish harbour.

After the completion of Gott Bay pier in 1913, it was used as a hall for ceilidhs, weddings, Red Cross classes and also as a bank, dental surgery and polling station. Teas were sometimes served inside during Agricultural Shows when they were held in Scarinish.

It appears in the 1890 Ordnance Survey as the Reading Room and was endowed at some time by Mr James Coats of Paisley with a library of books. It now houses An Iodhlann, Tiree’s historical centre.

Balck and white photograph of Women’s Guild outing at the Reading Room in the 1930s.

Women`s Guild outing to the Reading Room in the 1930s. Women’s Guild outing to the Reading Room in the 1930s. L-R: (back) Mrs MacLean, Vaul – Donald Brown’s great-grandmother; Greta MacDonald; Annie MacKinnon, Peggy MacLean’s sister; Mrs MacDiarmid, Hugh MacDiarmid’s daughter-in-law; Miss MacFarlane, Baugh, Dr MacFarlane’s sister; Mrs MacKinnon, wife of U.F. Church missionary; Catherine Graham née MacLean, Donald Brown’s grandmother; Rev MacDonald Ross’s mother-in-law; Annie MacIntyre, Rosie’s mother; Mrs Marion Graham, Heanish; Peggy MacKinnon, wife of the butcher in Scarinish; Mrs Dan MacArthur of Scarinish Store; Mrs Hunter, the doctor’s wife; Mrs Hughina MacCallum, Scarinish; Mary Dugald MacLean née MacDonald, Scarinish, known as ‘Dougie’; Catriona MacKinnon, Rum View, Vaul; Mary Flora MacKinnon, Dunmore, Vaul; Catherine MacDougall, Mary Flora’s sister; Mary Munn, Baugh Farm; Katie Lamont, ‘Mount Carmel’ known today as Diobedal; Mrs Peter Anderson, the gamekeeper’s wife; (middle) Mrs Malcolm MacLean, Kirkapol; Rachel MacArthur, Brock; Hannah MacFadyen; visitor; Maggie MacFadyen, Hannah’s sister; Mrs Hugh Lamont, Ruaig Post Office; Mary MacLean, Earnal, whose sons Duncan and Alasdair were killed in WW1 – Cathie MacNeill’s house in Scarinish was built for her; Katie Ann MacLean, Caoles Farm; Jessie MacArthur, wife of Hugh MacArthur of Scarinish Store; Danina MacCallum, Port Bàn; (front) Rev MacDonald Ross, Church of Scotland relief minister; Hughina MacKinnon, Anne Langley’s mother; Isabella MacIntyre, Gott, Donald MacIntyre’s mother; Mrs MacDonald Ross, the minister’s wife; Rosie MacIntyre; Irene Graham, Glasgow; Grace MacDougall, Oban, who worked for ‘Dougie’; Mary Ann MacDonald née MacIntyre, Heanish; Mary Ann MacLean, Bayview, Scarinish machair; Janet MacLean, Scarinish; Norman Campbell, Harris, Church of Scotland missionary.