Printed information about the John Miller Matthew Geekie and Annie (Campbell) Geekie family in Manitoba, Canada, compiled by Charles A Muir, Ottawa, 2017. Peter J,, John Neil, and Charles S. were born in Tiree in 1871-73.
Hardback book ‘The Small Regiment, Vol. 1 – Origins of the Clan MacKinnon, 100BCE-1621CE’ by G McKinnon and E E McKinnon. The origins of the Clan MacKinnon and the influences that shaped its history within the context of Hebridean and Scottish history, to 1621. Clan MacKinnon Publishing, Canada, 2017.
Stoneware bottle made by R. White, London (regd). It would have been stoppered with a cork.
Robert & Mary White started selling ginger beer in 1845 from their home in Camberwell. By 1869, they had five factories. The company was taken over by Whitbread in the 1960s, and by Britvic in 1986. The bottles could be returned: “R White’s ginger beer goes off pop, a penny on the bottle when you take it to the shop“. Stealing the bottles and making drinks to sell in another manufacturer’s name was a common offence – hence the ‘regd’ mark.
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.
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.”
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.
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.