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The History of Tiree in 100 Objects

Dr John Holliday, An Iodhlann’s Chairperson, has recently been compiling articles for An Tirisdeach, Tiree’s local newsletter, each telling the story of an item of particular interest from An Iodhlann’s archive. When read together, ‘Tiree in 100 Objects’ provides an additional insight into the culture and history of Tiree.

2017.63.2

Softback book ‘The Escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie’ by Malcolm Seddon, 2016. Describing the adventures of Charles Stewart over five months after his defeat at the battle of Culloden in 1746, including his 500-mile trek over the Western Isles and NW Highlands, and eventual rescue. The French ship carrying him away from Scotland passed close to Tiree, where it is said that two Tiree men from Ruaig were abducted to navigate the ship safely onwards. See ‘Donald the Pilot’ for further information.

2016.6.1

Photocopy of a hand-written account of the story of Donald ‘The Pilot’ MacLean, Ruaig (born 1727), who piloted Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rescue ship after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The seven-page letter was written on small pieces of paper around 1900 by Donald’s grandson, also Donald MacLean (1817-1907), who lived at Hynish House. It begins “the following is what report I heard from my father over 70 years ago”.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 8 – Donald the Pilot

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects

2010.11.1

Email about completion of “Donald the Pilot” project

Printed email to An Iodhlann about the completion and online publication of the “Donald the Pilot” project. Donald MacLean of Ruaig piloted the ship taking the escaping Bonnie Prince Charlie to France after the ill-fated Uprising of 1745. Contains links to the genealogy of Donald the Pilot (ancestors and descendants), the database, and story.

2020.1.67

Photograph of a still-life watercolour painted by Charles McLean in around 1933 in the Art Room of Linlithgow Academy.  RAF Pilot Officer Charles McLean, the grandson of Lachlan MacLean of Kenovay, went missing in action over the English Channel during WWII. This is his only known painting. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.66

Parlophone vinyl record of William Hannah’s Band playing traditional Scottish dance music – ‘Highland Waltz’ and ‘Circassion Circle’, belonging to the McLean family of Kenovay and Linlithgow. The record was mentioned in a collection of letters regarding RAF Pilot Officer Charles McLean, who died in action during WWII. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.88

Collection of around 45 letters of condolence written to the family of Charles McLean (1917-1941), beginning with a telegram from RAF Emsworth to Charles’ father’s work place. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow, and his wife Euphemia Terris Stoddart. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, Charles went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the trauma of losing a loved one to active service at that time, and include special letters kept by the family in a red photo album titled ‘The Life and Times of Charles McLean’, and letters from friends and family on Tiree plus other significant letters, including those from parents of other members of Charles’ crew who were lost (Childs, Halley). Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.88 217 Squadron

2020.1.88 red photo album

2020.1.88 Tiree plus

2020.1.88 Donalds family off Tiree

2020.1.88 Euphemias family USA and India

2020.1.88 other RAF parents

2020.1.87

Collection of around 20 personal letters written to Charles McLean (1917-1941), from his family and friends during WWII. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the life and emotions of family and friends of personnel in active service at that time, and include letters to Charles from a friend of the parents of Jim Hunter, a fellow airman missing in action, and from the same friend to Charles’ parents after Charles goes missing in action. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.87 Thelma re Jim Hunter MIA

2020.1.87 Thelma to MacLeans MIA

2020.1.86

Collection of around 35 personal letters written by Charles McLean (1917-1941), to his family and friends during WWII. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the life, experiences and emotions of a young RAF recruit from Scotland at that time. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.86 Hastings Dec 1939 – Mar 1940

2020.1.86 Hastings Apr-May 1940

2020.1.86 Carlisle May-Jun 1940

2020.1.86 Babbacombe Jul-Aug 1940

2020.1.86 Prestwick Autumn 1940

2020.1.86 Glamorgan Dec 1940

2020.1.86 Newquay Jan 1941

2020.1.86 Barnstable Jan-Mar 1941

2020.1.86 Newquay Apr-Jun 1941

2020.1.86 St Eval Jun-Sep 1941

2020.1.85

Around 100 black and white photographs from a large red album titled ‘The Life and Times of Charles McLean’, collected and perserved by his family. Charles (1917-1941) was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer, he went missing in action over the English Channel during WWII. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

Click here to view 2020.1.85. The photographs are arranged as closely as possible to the layout of the original album.