After four finalists were shortlisted from 261 entries, a community vote was set up at the 2018 Agricultural Show in Crossapol, as well as by post and online. In total, 1,598 votes were cast, and the clear winner with 56% of the votes was this design by Donald Cameron. The ears of barley represent the richness of the land, known since medieval times as the most fertile of the Hebrides and as Tìr an Eòrna ‘the land of barley’. The design references the well-known crest of the Tiree Association, with its sheaf of barley, fork and rake. Combining the ears of barley to create a yellow circle, the design also suggests the sun, highlighting Tiree’s reputation as ‘the sunshine isle’.
Donald’s roots on Tiree go back many generations on both sides of the family. He grew up on the family farm in Scarinish and was educated on the island at Cornaigmore before attending Glasgow University. Having travelled widely, he added Spanish and Portuguese to his Gaelic. He has lived and worked in London in the advertising business for almost twenty years, with more recent forays into writing for television and film and now vexillography. He enjoys returning to the island with his family for the unique mix of freedoms, foods, friends and family in one place.