Cross-section of a hazel tree from Glac nan Smeur / Hollow of the Brambles, on the side of Beinn Hynish, Balephuil. There are about 80 rings, suggesting that the tree is still producing new stems. Planted in 1803, it remains the oldest tree on Tiree. Hazels can live for 500 years.
Stoneware/ceramic ammonia bottle labelled ‘Plynine Co.y Ltd., Edinburgh, Household Ammonia’ and ‘It is illegal for any other than the Plynine Co.y Ltd. to refill this bottle with ammonia’. Dating from the late 1800’s. It would have had a screw stopper. Found in an old dump at Vaul.
Small clear glass bottle embossed with ELLIMAN’S EMBROCATION. The embrocation (lotion) was first formulated by James Elliman of Slough in 1847 as a muscle rub for animals. It was later sold for use on people, and become famous as an aid for aching muscles and joints. Found around Donald Brown’s house at Vaul.
Green glass beer bottle with a screw top made by George Younger, Meadow & Candleriggs Brewery, Alloa, which was operational during 1897-1963. Found at Garradh Mor, Moss, in 2017 and probably dating from the 1950s.
Homemade iron anchor, weighted with a sandstone block, used for flounder fishing. Found at Milton. There would have been three anchors/weights to hold the net on the seabed: one at either end and one in the middle. There is no sandstone on Tiree, suggesting that the weight was made elsewhere.
Pipe wind cap from Calum (Salum) MacLean’s shop in Salum. Round metal cap for placing over the end of a smoker’s pipe in order to prevent the wind from disturbing the tabacco. These were used by sailors, crofters when in the hay barns, or by those not wanting holes burned into their clothes.
CD of 10 Tiree tales from the Dewar Manuscripts (1866) in Gaelic and English, which are held in Inveraray Archives. Story titles: Big Jura John, Big Jura John and the Irish Earl, Gift of Tiree to MacLean by MacDonald of the Isles, The Laird of Callart and the Tenants of Tiree, John Campbell of Barranacarragh in Tiree, Donald of the Sound, Finlay Guibhneach, The Tiree Wrestlers – Malcom Clerk and Donald MacDougall, Grey and Shaw, Traditions about the Island of Tiree and Mull.
Includes photocopied pages of MacLean’s English translation (1881) of the Tiree tales, a printed summary of the tales prepared by the archivist, a letter regarding their use, and a copy of the license agreement between An Iodhlann and Argyll Estates.