60th anniversary souvenir edition of NHS Glasgow’s ‘Health News’ newspaper, July 2008, containing articles and photographs from the birth of the NHS in 1948 to 2008. Most folk on Tiree will have used Glasgow’s hospital facilities at some time over the decades, and many took up positions in nursing there. The paper provides an insight into health care at that time. From ‘Harbour’, Caoles.
Black and white photograph of (L-R) siblings John, Alex, Mary and Donald MacKenzie, who lived at Harbour, Caoles, in around 1933. John (1925-2017) became a celebrated footballer known as ‘The Firhill Flyer’, playing for Partick Thistle and Scotland.
Scanned copy of a certificate of qualification belonging to Niall Colin Brown Campbell, Scarinish (b.1933), dated 1964, issued by the Canadian Department of Transport enabling him to pilot ships on the Great Lakes of Ontario and Erie in Canada. Before moving to Glasgow and then Canada, Niall lived at Deobedal, Scarinish.
An ‘Active Service RAF Privilege’ envelope addressed to Mrs V R Harvey, Hastings, stamped 12 October 1942 , Crossapol, Tiree, containing a series of letters from her husband Harry Harvey who served at RAF Tiree during WWII. In the letters Harry expresses how homesick he is, how he misses his wife and child, and his frustration at missing several shots at the island’s wildlife. The letters were opened and approved by the Postal Censorship Authorities before delivery.
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Colour photograph of children and teacher at Heylipol School in around 1965/66. L-R top: Gordon Bucher (boarded out), William Weston (boarded out), Duncan McLean. L-R middle: Betty Weston (boarded out), Dollaidh Cameron (teacher), Anne Sinclair, Anne MacArthur, Lorelei MacLennan (the factor’s daughter), June Weston (boarded out), Janet MacArthur, Effie Mackinnon. L-R front: Christine Mackinnon, Ian Mackinnon, Anne Bucher (boarded out), Charles Bucher (boarded out), Richard Maxwell (boarded out), Christine Maxwell (boarded out). Many boarded out children lived with Tiree foster families.
Order of service for the funeral of Rev Bob Higham (1937-2020), and a letter to John Holliday, Balephuil, from Bob’s wife, Di Higham, dated 9/03/2020. Rev Higham was the Church of Scotland minister of the Parish of Tiree during 1995-2002. He published a book about life as a minister on a Hebridean island, was a driving force behind the Tiree Heritage Society, and is buried at Polwarth in the Scottish Borders.
Digital copy of ‘The Early Years’, an autobiography by Captain Kenneth Norman MacKenzie, Baugh (1897-1951), Master of the ‘Discovery‘. Written during 1949-1951, Kenneth writes of his life on Tiree as a boy and his eventful career at sea. Includes an addendum written in 2018 by his son, Malcolm MacKenzie. The full text is available from An Iodhlann in pdf format.