Very large iron spade with thick wooden shaft and handle, presumably for clearing/cutting ditches, and likely smiddy-made on Tiree. Dimensions: head 48x48cm, shaft diam 6cm, shaft length 66cm, handle width 60cm. Owned by Archie MacIntyre, Gott.
Black & white photograph of the Tiree Schools’ Athletics team on a beach in summer 1953. They had just returned from the Argyll County Sports held at the Dunoon Stadium, where they shared the Mary MacArthur Moir trophy with the Mid Argyll team. L-R: Margaret Sinclair, Archie MacIntyre, Annie Stewart, John MacNeill, Alistair MacNeill (John’s brother), Roland Robertson (Gaelic/Latin teacher at Cornaigmore Secondary), Billy Whiteside, Sarah Flora MacDonald (Headteacher Balemartine Primary School).
Alistair MacNeill is holding the Oban and District Boarding House Association trophy. He was awarded a gold medal, won the Junior Championship and set up a new County record in the high jump. His brother John, won a gold medal in the previous year’s County Sports in Lochgilphead. Both gold medals are held in An Iodhlann.