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2020.8.2

Insurance claim receipt made out to MacLaren Grain and Co., 1885. The claim was to recoup losses as a result of the steamship ‘Ardandhu’ colliding in 1883. Paid out by the insurance company William Euing & Co. Brokers. Before this incident, in 1881, the SS Ardandhu sank after colliding with another ship on the River Clyde. It went on to become wrecked on Hough Skerries off the west coast of Tiree during a storm in 1891.

 

2020.1.82

Official letter from Buckingham Palace during WWII, conveying the condolences of King George and Queen Mary to Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow, on the death of his son Charles McLean, who went missing in action over the English Channel in 1941. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.72

RAF officer’s hat belonging to Charles McLean (1917-1941), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay. Charles flew with No. 3 and No. 217 Squadrons and went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.62

Life-size doll given to Alexina Mary McLean (1926-1929), daughter of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay, in around 1928. Unusually, the doll has a china face and brown eyes. It was a present from Donald’s sister Mary and her husband Alexander Walker, and was kept by the family long after Alexina’s death at the age of three. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

Click here to view the gift note from Alexina’s Aunt Mary and Uncle Alexander (Sandy).

 

2020.1.55

Black & white photograph of Charles McLean, Linlithgow (1917-1941), eldest child of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay, and Euphemia Terris Stoddart. Charles went missing in action during WWII while serving with the RAF as a Pilot Officer with No. 3 and No. 217 Squadrons. He was known to his family and friends as Charlie, Chatta and Jock. A collection of items kept by his family, particularly many letters to, from and about him, are archived at An Iodhlann. Part of a larger collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.50

Royal Engineers shoulder patch belonging to Charles McLean (1894-1923), youngest son of Lachlan McLean and Mary McDonald, Kenovay. Charles served in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at the Somme during WW1. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.48

Black & white portrait photograph of Charles McLean (1894-1923), youngest son of Lachlan McLean and Mary McDonald, Kenovay, taken in around 1910. Charles was a Royal Engineer in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders during WW1. He was gassed at the Somme and, though treated in an army hospital at Glengarry, died at the age of 28. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2020.1.47

Tobermory School Dux Medal awarded to Lachlan McLean, son of Mary/Mashag MacLean (1888-1964), Kenovay, in around 1930. ‘Wee Lachie‘ was brought up by his Aunt Christina McLean and Uncle Hector in Tobermory. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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