Copied article ‘Brothers in Mission: Alexander Farquharson of Cape Breton and Archibald Farquharson of Tiree’ by Dr Margaret MacKay, 2007, and published in the Records of the Scottish Church History Society. A history of two Gaelic-speaking brothers from Perthshire who became missionaries in islands at opposite sides of the Atlantic in the 1800s.
Green glass soda/mineral water bottle known as a ‘torpedo’ or ‘Hamilton’ bottle. The bottom is round so that it must be stored on its side in order to keep the cork wet and prevent the gas from escaping. Torpedo bottles were manufactured during most of the 1800s. Found in rocks on Gott Bay.
Handwritten transcript of a newspaper article about the drowning of a crew of 10 men from Tiree in 1841. Inverness Courier, 15 December 1841.
“Melancholy Accident, Small Isles, Nov. 30th
We are sorry to learn from the Island of Tyree of the loss of a boat consisting of a crew of ten men, that fished for cod on a certain bank at a considerable distance from the land. On her returning towards the shore, she was overtaken by a strong gale fron the S.W., and after buffetting against the mountainous waves and using every human exertion to make out the land for a considerable time, a sudden squall coming on, she filled and all on board met a watery grave. They left families and numerous friends to regret their loss.”
Copies of birth, marriage and death certificates for Rev. Donald MacCallum, Craignish, minister at Heylipol 1887-1889, and his wife Mary MacCallum (nee MacAulay, Ardnamurchan).
“Donald’s wife, Mary, had a twin brother, also a Donald; Mary’s age on the marriage certificate was misrecorded as 19 – she was only 18; Mary was not at Donald’s house on the night of the 1901 census – she may already have been sick and staying with her parents, since by this time, her father was a Physician and Surgeon; Mary died at the age of 26 on 8 October 1902, in Castlebay where she was staying with her parents – her Dad was the Medical Officer on Barra. She died of rheumatism and pericarditis – not of a pregnancy-related cause as one would have expected with someone her age; Donald died in Duirinish where he was living with his nephew, Tom Shields. Donald and Mary had no children. Donald was born on 9 October 1849 in Craignish.” Colin MacCallum, 2017
Transcripts of maritime records of the MacKinnons of Heanish, particularly Captain Donald MacKinnon who sailed the Taeping to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866. Researched by Robert Nisbet, Heanish. (1) ‘Captain Donald MacKinnon Timeline’, 1866-1867: dates and summaries of key events from the start of Great China Tea Race to Captain MacKinnon’s death in South Africa, (2) log of RMS Roman, 1867, detailing death of Captain MacKinnon and listing the belongings found in his cabin, (3) details of the estate of Captain Donald MacKinnon, 1867, (4) details of Tiree mariners, 1808-1886, (5) photocopied voyages record of Captain Donald MacKinnon, 1851-1867, from the National Archives in Kew, (6) details from the seaman’s tickets of Angus MacKinnon (b. 1831) and Colin MacKinnon (b. 1834).