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The Secret Island

secret Island Authors

Dr John Holliday, Charles MacDonell, Donald
Meek, Bob Chalmers and
John Randall.

‘The Secret Island’ is a real first for Tiree.

In a book containing 20 chapters launched last week, in which 18 authors discuss different aspects of the history of the island since 1745 a fascinating story of the past unfolds.

Our very own Gordon Scott, Iain Smith, Iona Brown and John Bowler contribute chapters on the church, the Balephuil fishing disaster, Tiree gaelic and history of birds and their habitats. Professor Donald Meek has written four chapters, on the land struggle, transport, Non -Conformist churches and the Rev John Gregorson Campbell, and Lesley Ferguson discusses the work of the archaeologist Erskine Beveridge on Coll and Tiree.

The book is a real treasure house for those seeking historical knowledge of the island and varied perspectives on its past. The book was born after the huge success of the Secret Island history conference last year. Up until the publication and launch of ‘Secret Island’ last week, Tiree was one of the very few Hebridean islands without a full-length recent book which covered its remarkable history.

Dr John Holliday, chair of An Iodhlann, which organised last year’s conference said ,”It is really wonderful to have this book as a permanent record of so many aspects of the island’s past and it is a real step forward in trying to understand the secrets of this very special place.”

The 425 page book is priced at £12 and is available at An Iodhlann, the Tiree Business Centre and also may be bought in all good bookshops. It makes a wonderful read !

Looking Back At Tiree

Scarinish harbour

Continuing our series looking back at old photographs of people and places on Tiree. This week we have a photo of The ‘Mary Stuart’ beached in Scarinish harbour in 1938. The Scarinish Hotel is on the extreme left, with communication masts in the background to the right.

Image courtesy of An Iodhlann and Angus Maclean

Looking Back At Tiree

old post office workers

The postmistress and postmen at Scarinish Post Office in 1919.

There is something about old photographs that attracts everyone, you may not know all or any of the people in the picture but you can’t resist looking.

The hats, the clothes, posture and body language take us back to a place in time that some of us can remember whilst others can only catch a glimpse of through the photo.

Over the next few months we will be publishing some pictures courtesy of An Iodhlann, if anyone can provide the names of anyone that hasn’t yet been identified please lat us know here at the Business Centre and we will pass the information on and print an update in future issues.

In the picture from left to right are:
(standing) Archibald MacLean, ‘Bayview’, Scarinish; Donald MacDougall, Kilmoluaig;
(in carriages) Hugh Lamont, Ruaig; Mary MacNeill; Jack Munn, Heanish; John MacDougall, vet;Margaret Robertson, Scarinish (postmistress); unknown; unknown.

Image courtesy of An Iodhlann