Colour photograph of the gravestone of Captain Hugh MacKinnon (1845-1915), Kirkapol, and his wife Annie, in Tiverton Cemetery, Ontario, Canada, in 2000. Hugh emmigrated to Canada with his parents Donald and Margaret MacKinnon in 1852.
Pamphlet for the Seirbhis Ghaidhlig/Gaelic Service held at Eaglais na Mointich/Heylipol Church on 27 July 1986, to commemorate 100 years of the Crofters Act and crofting on Tiree. Hymn 1 was written by a local man from The Land who composed it after waking on the Moss sliabh/moor after a heavy drinking session.
Very large iron spade with thick wooden shaft and handle, presumably for clearing/cutting ditches, and likely smiddy-made on Tiree. Dimensions: head 48x48cm, shaft diam 6cm, shaft length 66cm, handle width 60cm. Owned by Archie MacIntyre, Gott.
Bagpipes (disassembled) belonging to postman Archibald McLean (d.1951) of Dunview Cottage (thatched house), Scarinish. Married to Janet MacTaggart, Islay & Greenock, who worked in the telephone exchange in Scarinish. Archibald would practice playing the pipes outside his house.
Sepia tone portrait photograph of Colin Cameron and his wife Jessie McDonald (b. 1877) on their wedding day in Brunswick, Australia on 13 November 1927. Jessie was the daughter of Hugh MacDonald (1850-1927) and his first wife. He emmigrated with his parents from Balinoe to New Brunswick, Australia, in 1853.
Softback book ‘The Last Laird of Coll’ by Mairi Hedderwick, 2011. The remarkable story of how Kenneth Stewart inherited the estate on the Isle of Coll. Burdened with debt, he spent his life trying to rebuild a livelihood from the estate. On the inside cover, the author has handwritten “For Philippa & Nick [Bristol]. Best wishes, Mairi Hedderwick, Isle of Coll, 2011”.
Hardback book ‘Scottish Sail – a forgotten era’ by Robert Simper, 1974. A photographic account of Scottish sailing ships that travelled domestic and world trade routes at the turn of the 19th century. The topsail schooner Mary Stewart is mentioned on page 35. The remains of her hull can still be seen in Scarinish Harbour.