Dates: 1870s

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2020.1.30

Studio portrait photograph of Mary McDonald, Tiree (1852-1920), in around 1876, aged about 17. She married Lachlan McLean, Kenovay(?) (1836-1921), in 1872 and had nine children, one of which was Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

2019.103.1

Large black & white studio photograph of an unidentified young woman in around the late 1800s.

The portrait was donated by the aunt (by marriage) of Denis Garnham, who came to Tiree in the late 1950s to work on OS surveys, and then at the bank. The portrait hung in a Nissan hut at Balinoe in which Denis lived while on Tiree, and he took it with him when he left the island. Denis referred to the picture as “the little old lady of Balinoe”, and he took it all over Scotland with him.

We have tried to find out who she is and why she meant so much to Denis, but these remain a mystery. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you.

The photograph was originally mounted on canvas in a large ornate wood and gilt frame, which had to be removed due to its poor condition.

2019.79.2

Black & white photograph of Archibald McKinnon, Vaul (1844-1902) and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Cowling in around 1880. Archibald emigrated to Sydney, Australia, as a ship’s carpenter aboard the ‘City of Grafton’ paddle steamer in 1876. He and Elizabeth married the following year.

2019.55.1

Printed scan of a page from the Electoral Register for Tiree for 1931, showing the donor’s relatives Quinten Henderson and Mrs Marianne Henderson living at Ernal [Taigh Henderson, Eirneal, Gott].

Quintin McGill Henderson was born in Glasgow 1862. He worked as an electrical engineer. He retired around 1927 was last on the electoral roll for his home in Glasgow in 1928-29. In summer of 1929 he is recorded as living at Ernal, Scarinish, Isle of Tyree. Quintin died on 7 April 1934 at his daughter’s home in Glasgow. His second wife was Mary Ann Grant Callan, born in 1875 in Glasgow. She died in 1933 (information from his granddaughter Sheena Peckham).

2019.13.1

Information about the MacFarlanes of Balinoe and Elgin, 1858-1876, including the (1) marriage certificate for Rev James MacFarlane, Balinoe, and Isabella Farquharson, Cornaig, on Tiree in 1858, (2) death certificate for Isabella MacFarlane in Elgin in 1865, (3) 1871 Elgin census record listing James MacFarlane, (4) death certificate for James MacFarlane, 1876. Includes additional family history information emailed by the donor.

Click here to view marriage certificate; death certificates for Isabella and James

After their marriage in 1858, the MacFarlanes moved to Elgin where James took up the position of Baptist Minister. When Isabella died, aged only 34 years, she left three children: Archibald (b. ca 1860), Margaret (b. ca 1861) and Mary. In the 1871 census, Mary is living in Oban with her mother’s sister, Eliza. It is presumed that Mary stayed with the Whytes in Oban and that she is the ‘other Mary’ referred to in Duncan MacGregor Whyte’s letters to his wife Mary Bernard when he was in Australia. The Whytes were artists who built The Studio in Balephuil.

 

2019.11.8

Black & white photograph of the gravestone of Donald Brown (1864-1947), his wife Matilda Hansina Brown (nee Petersen) (1874-1960), and their son John Edward Brown (1898-1906) in Yeppoon Cemetery, Australia. Donald emigrated to Australia in 1886. His parents were Hugh Brown and Anne Kennedy of Moss.

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