Associated People: MacCallum, Mrs Ethel, Tiree

2015.45.1

Softback book ‘Eilean Uaine Thiriodh / The Green Isle of Tiree’ by Margaret Bennett and Eric Rose, 2014. Signed “Presented to An Iodhalnn by Ethel MacCallum, May 2015”, it is a biography of Ethel MacCallum who, in 1942, was evacuated from an orphanage in Glasgow to the Island of Tiree. She became fluent in Gaelic and, with her natural gift for music and song, was encouraged to write her own compositions. The book includes some of her original work on a CD.

2015.26.1

Softback book ‘Eilean Uaine Thiriodh’ by Margaret Bennett and Eric Rose, 2014. ‘The Green Isle of Tiree’ is a biography of Ethel MacCallum who, in 1942, was evacuated from an orphanage in Glasgow to the Island of Tiree. She became fluent in Gaelic and, with her natural gift for music and song, was encouraged to write her own compositions. The book includes some of her original work on a CD.

2014.104.2

Autobiography by Ethel McCallum, 2006

Unbound photocopy of autobiography `Who Knows?` by Ethel MacCallum (nee Woods; b. 1937). Ethel was born in Glasgow. Her unmarried mother left her in a children`s home in Glasgow, from where she was boarded out to a family in Aberdeenshire at the age of 9 months. At 5 years old, she was returned to the home in Glasgow. When the bombs started falling during WWII, she and other children were boarded out to Tiree families in 1943. She was given a safe and loving home by `Aunt` Kate and `Uncle` Hugh Lamont who ran a post office, and went to school at Ruaig. Moved to the mainland after she married Archie McCallum. Her son Duncan has a house on Tiree.

2010.16.1

CD “Home to Argyll with Ethel MacCallum”

CD of songs, music, singing and spoken words by Ethel MacCallum who was evacuated to Tiree as a child during the 2nd World War. Includes a song entitled “Goirtean Dòmhnaill (Barapol)”, and works by Niall Brownlie and Cathy Thomson amongst others.

2005.70.1

Ethel MacCallum talking about moving to a Gaelic-speaking community

Sound clip in English of Ethel MacCallum talking about moving to a Gaelic-speaking community in the 1940s.

Courtesy of Mrs Ethel MacCallum

In this recording made in June 2005, Mrs Ethel MacCallum talks to Maggie Campbell about what it was like to move as a child to a Gaelic-speaking community. During World War II, Ethel was evacuated to Tiree where she was fostered by Hugh and Kate Lamont of Ruaig Post Office.

After leaving school at fifteen, Ethel helped her foster-parents in the Post Office and on the family’s croft. A couple of years later she moved to Inverary Castle where she worked as a housemaid for the Duke and Duchess of Argyll.

By the end of her schooling Ethel had ‘nothing in her head but music’. She competed many times in national and provincial Mods, winning cups for her Gaelic singing. She was also a gold medallist in the provincial Mod at Lochgilphead in 1967.

2000.205.1

Audio cassette recording of Ethel MacCallum of Tiree and Inverary talking to Maggie Campbell in 2000.

Ethel MacCallum of Tiree and Inverary talks to Maggie Campbell in 2000 about arriving in Tiree in 1943 aged six, the Post Office where she stayed, her schooling, working on the croft and in the Post Office and later at Inverary Castle, finding her brother and meeting her husband; Ethel sings a psalm and three Gaelic songs – Catriona Og, Tir a’ mhurainn, Tilleadh an t-eilean as boidhche fon ghrein – giving details of who wrote them and why.