Dates: 1800s

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2019.46.1

Bound composition titled ‘A Visit to Coll’ by Catriona Smyth, 2002. Contains photographs of gravestones in the old and new graveyards on Coll, and a transcription of their inscriptions. Names include Lightbody, MacDougall, Ferguson, Fainges, Taylor, MacKinnon, MacCalum, MacFadyen and McPadyen. War graves include a Royal Marine of the ‘Viknor’, Harvey or Gibson of the ‘Racoon’, Pontus of the ‘Arandor Star’, and several unamed sailors of the  Merchant Navy.

2019.41.1

Photocopied academic paper ‘Glasgow pottery at Delftfield: three unrecorded documents’ by Nancy Valpy, 1985, pertaining to the Duke of Argyll’s permission to extract naturally-occurring clay from Tiree for use by the Glasgow Delftfield Pottery in the mid-1700s. “It contains an interesting reference to Scarinish.”

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2019.39.1

Abstract of PhD thesis ‘Vegetation history, human impact and climate change during prehistory:  an island perspective of the Isles of Tiree, Coll and North-West Mull’ by Karen Wicks, University of Reading, 2012. Based on pollen analyses of peat core samples. A digital copy of the full thesis is held on An Iodhlann’s computer.

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2019.32.2

Colour photograph of the house of Annie Cameron, Balevullin (ca 1880-1965), from the east. Annie moved to Greenock when she was young, although her children and grandchildren spent summers in the house until it was sold and demolished in around 2003. The roof was previously black tarred felt, the wriggly tin version being added in around the 1970-80s, along with the bathroom extension on the left.

 

2019.21.1

Genealogical information about the descendants and ancestors of Hector MacKinnon, Vaul (1801-1864), and his wife Margaret MacKinnon, Balephuil, who emigrated to Australia with their four children in 1853. They were living in Balephuil in 1841 before moving to Barra in the mid-1840s, where their fourth child was born. By 1851, the family were living at Petty in Invernesshire. They sailed for Australia from Inverness on board the ‘Bloomer’ in 1853. Includes emailed correspondence regarding links to distant relatives living on Tiree in 2018: MacFadyen, Scarinish; MacKinnon, Balemartine; Cameron, Kirkapol(?).

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2019.19.1

Manuscript and lyrics for a modern folk song about a woman from Tiree who emigrates to Canada. ‘Fay McKinnon’ was composed by accomplished singer/songwriter Bob Dunn during a visit to Tiree in 2018. Other material includes a CD and booklet of additional songs by Bob Dunn, and covering letter with background to the song.

2019.17.1

Information about Archibald MacKinnon, Balephuil & Mull (1824-1886) and Colin MacDonald, Balephuil & Glasgow (1856-1927). Colin MacDonald’s father (also Colin) died in the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856, just before he was born. Colin Jnr trained as a doctor then returned to Tiree to start a practice at Balemartine in 1909. Colin’s wife Jessie Maggie MacKinnon was Archibald MacKinnon’s daughter. Archibald MacKinnon survived the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856.

“Around 1909, a second doctor had come to the island, Dr Colin MacDonald (an Dotair Domhnallach), whose first wife was related to Helen Kennedy (Eilidh bheag, Balevullin), set up a rival practice in Balemartine … but it is unlikely the island could support two doctors and left after a few years to go to Bunessan” [on Mull]. Extract from ‘Water from the Seventh Wave – a history of Tiree’s healers’ by John Holliday.

2019.16.1

Research by genealogist Flo Straker, indicating that there is NO family connection between Alastair MacLean, author of wartime novels, and Donald MacLean the Cambridge spy, both of whom had Tiree roots. Alistair Stuart MacLean (b. 1922 at Daviot Manse) was descended from Donald MacLean (b. 1729) and Mary Lamont of Heylipol. Donald Duart MacLean (b. 1913 in London) was descended from Alexander MacLean, Cornaigbeg (b. 1732) and Mary MacNaughton (Reid), Kirkapol (b. 1736).

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