Dates: 1880s

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2020.8.2

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.

 

2020.1.52

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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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.

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