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Sepia photograph of David Roberts (1849-1897), a native of Moelfre, Anglesey, who was the master on the Mary Stewart, and possibly part owner, from about 1886 to 1897. He died when on board the ship at Bowling, West Dunbartonshire. In 1891, two boys from his village were crew members, one of which was his 15 year-old son, John. The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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Colour photograph of a painting of the ‘Mary Stewart’ in full sail. The original painting is in the family of David Roberts (1849-1897), a native of  Anglesey, who was the master on the Mary Stewart, and possibly part owner, from about 1886 to 1897. The remains of the Mary Stewart can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.

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Hardback book ‘Beulah’, a work of fiction by AJE Wilson about a girl in an orphanage, ca 1900. Presented to Heylipol School by James Coats in 1904. The name Colin MacDonald (Mannal) is written in pencil on the inside cover. James Coats of Paisley, donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann). From a collection from Mannal House.

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Three original copies of Look and Learn magazine, 1967, containing an article about tea clippers ‘The Romance of the Clippers’, which includes reference to Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, who sailed the ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866. Accession includes an enlarged photocopy of the article.

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Bound list of Tiree Merchant Seaman Records compiled by John MacLean, Clydebank, in May 2012. Includes (a) a printed extract from the Register of Seamen’s Tickets 1845-1854 (BT113) held at the National Archives in Kew, listing ticket numbers, seaman’s first and last names, place and date born, first date at sea and designation (post held), age, and ticket details, (b) a list of Tiree Mariners 1848-1920 including ship’s name, mariner’s first and last names, age, birth place, current address, designation, voyage, and previous ship. See also 2010.53.14

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Book ‘Twentieth-Century Crofting Schemes on Tiree and Coll’ by Bob Chambers, 2016, with foreword by Prof. Donald Meek, Caoles.  Shortly before and shortly after WWI, over 100 new crofts were created on Tiree and Coll, and almost 40 existing crofts were enlarged. The impact on the islands was enormous, wide-ranging and long-lasting, particularly on Tiree.

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Telegraphic instrument for tapping out and receiving telegram messages at Scarinish Post Office between 1888 and 1930. Originally from Skye and probably operated by Margaret Robertson (Mona’s mother), who is listed as the telegraphist in the 1911 census of Tiree. There is a key for sending messages and a sounder for receiving. Known as a KOB set (key on base), it is marked “20 ohm” on the base. The lever of the mechanism is steel and unmarked.

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