Three fragments of modern pottery found on Baugh Beach in 2020: (1) edge of an RAF plate, (2) Possil Pottery, Glasgow stoneware 1881-1942, (3) Grecian pattern, late 19th century, Clyde Pottery Company.
Information about Duncan Gunn (b. 1841 at Druimchork), schoolmaster at Ruaig Public School during 1880-1901. Compiled from emailed correspondence.
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Birth and death certificates for Murdoch MacKinnon (1875-1906), Balinoe. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). Murdoch became a policeman and moved to South Africa with his brother Donald MacKinnon, also a policeman, in around 1903-06. Murdoch died in Cape Town, aged 31.
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Colour photograph of the gravestone of Murdoch MacKinnon (1875-1906), Balinoe, in a graveyard in South Africa. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). Murdoch became a policeman and moved to South Africa with his brother Donald MacKinnon, also a policeman, in around 1903-06. Murdoch died in Cape Town, aged 31.
Black & white photograph of Donald MacKinnon (1872-1945), Balinoe, with his wife Annie MacKinnon and son Donald Roderick MacKinnon in around 1912. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). He left Tiree in around the late 1890s and worked as a police constable in Glasgow. He married Annie MacLeod in June 1902 and they had a daughter, Isabella MacKinnon, who was born in Glasgow on 30 March 1903. Sometime between 1903 and 1906 the family emigrated to South Africa where Donald and his brother, Murdoch MacKinnon, worked as policemen. There, Donald and Annie had another two children: Joan and Marion. Donald died in South Africa in 1945 (death certificate).
Photographs of three items belonging to the family of island factor Hugh MacDiarmid (1846-1928), who lived at Island House, Heylipol, during 1876-1928. Top: an Entada phasaeoloides ‘sea-bean’ found on the beach by the factor’s daughter, Meta MacDiarmid, and made into a pendant for her (possibly by her fiancee). Middle: brass plaque from a wooden box of silver plated cutlery presented by people of Tiree to Meta on her marriage. Bottom: a coffee or chocolate pot presented by the Duke of Argyll to Hugh MacDiarmid in 1906, probably on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Insurance claim receipt made out to MacLaren Grain and Co., 1885. The claim was to recoup losses as a result of the steamship ‘Ardandhu’ colliding in 1883. Paid out by the insurance company William Euing & Co. Brokers. Before this incident, in 1881, the SS Ardandhu sank after colliding with another ship on the River Clyde. It went on to become wrecked on Hough Skerries off the west coast of Tiree during a storm in 1891.
Scanned extract about fishermen from Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, making regular March sailings to fishing grounds near Tiree and Coll during the 1800s. From the book ‘Fishing Boats and Fisher Folk on the East Coast of Scotland’ by Peter F Anson, 1930.
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Iron hand-hook used for grabbing and lifting bags of grain when transferring them from the ship’s hold to the winching cradle in Scarinish Harbour.
Handwritten letter, dated 21 June 1883, from Hector McDonald, Lochgilphead, to Lachlan (a’ Mharsanta / the merchant) McLean (1836-1921), Kenovay, regarding the activities of the Royal Commission and the hardships of Tiree crofters. The letter is very probably referring to Crofters’ rights and the Napier Commission. Includes the remains of the original envelope stamped by both Lochgilphead and Oban post offices. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.
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