Dates: 1900s

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2017.59.1

Chanter belonging to Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Tiree and Glasgow (b. 1890), who was a great piper and writer of bagpipe tunes, and who had a pipe tune named after him. The chanter was presented to An Iodhlann by his eldest grandson on behalf of Lachlan’s three daughters Isabel, Cath and Margaret, who spent the holidays in Tiree in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.

2017.58.1

Iron cruisgean from Sliabh Cottage, Cornaigbeg.

An iron ‘crusie’ lamp that was used to burn fish oil and once belonged to Mrs Mary Campbell, grandmother of the donor. Notes accompanying the cruisgean tell that it came into the possession of the donor in 1996 and was initially offered to the Thatched House Museum in Sandaig. There it was photographed and returned to the donor with some notes suggesting that it was “an early 18th century iron hanging cruise lamp presented by the late Viscountess Gort”, and that “a cruse is a clay container which could be transformed into a lamp by being filled with oil and equipped with a simple wick – a rag would suffice, but a rush was more efficient and minimised the smoke.”

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Photocopied extract of an article about the location of the Old Norse place-name ‘Isleborg’ in the Argyll Islands, by Dr John Holliday, Balephuil, and the possibility that it refers to an ancient fort on Loch an Eilein on Tiree. Published in West Highland Notes and Queries, Series 4, No. 2, December 2016.

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2017.56.1

Black and white photograph of a group of suffragettes during a march by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1908. L-R: Lady Frances Balfour, Millicent Fawcett, Ethel Snowden, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified. Lady Frances Balfour was the sister of the Duke of Argyll and author of the biography of her sister Lady Victoria Campbell. The fasteners on her jacket are sliver salmon, which are still used on the formal clothing of the Argylls. (large print stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 2)

Copyright: Getty Gallery, London

2017.51.2

Softback book ‘Deuteroskopia, or a Brief Discourse Concerning the Second Sight, so Called’ by John Frazer, 2011.

A pamphlet by ‘the Reverend Mr John Frazer, late minister of Teree and Coll, and Dean of the Isles’ published in 1820, reflecting on instances of second sight, including an example from Tiree. (Pages 20-21)

 

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Booklet ‘West Highland Notes & Queries’, Series 4, No. 3, March 2017. Includes articles on the MacLeans of Duart and Lochbuie & the Jacobite Cause 1400-1766 (with references to Tiree), paintings of pipers, ‘The Tacksman Class in Argyllshire 1800-50’, ‘A Visit to Coll in 1831’, and ‘Tiree’s resistance to the Earl of Argyll’s takeover of the Island 1674-1682’ by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol.

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Softback book ‘The Crinan Canal’ by Marian Pallister, 2016.

Tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used. Includes Tiree content, with references to marble, emigration, drainage schemes, destitution, the potato famine, population, wages and Gaelic. (Pages 30, 66, 67, 156 & 157.)

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