Black & white photograph of Donald MacKinnon (1872-1945), Balinoe, with his wife Annie MacKinnon and son Donald Roderick MacKinnon in around 1912. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). He left Tiree in around the late 1890s and worked as a police constable in Glasgow. He married Annie MacLeod in June 1902 and they had a daughter, Isabella MacKinnon, who was born in Glasgow on 30 March 1903. Sometime between 1903 and 1906 the family emigrated to South Africa where Donald and his brother, Murdoch MacKinnon, worked as policemen. There, Donald and Annie had another two children: Joan and Marion. Donald died in South Africa in 1945 (death certificate).
Small brass eagle mounted on the brass ‘lid’ of a missile shell, probably from RAF Tiree during WWII. Unknown origin and purpose.
Photographs of three items belonging to the family of island factor Hugh MacDiarmid (1846-1928), who lived at Island House, Heylipol, during 1876-1928. Top: an Entada phasaeoloides ‘sea-bean’ found on the beach by the factor’s daughter, Meta MacDiarmid, and made into a pendant for her (possibly by her fiancee). Middle: brass plaque from a wooden box of silver plated cutlery presented by people of Tiree to Meta on her marriage. Bottom: a coffee or chocolate pot presented by the Duke of Argyll to Hugh MacDiarmid in 1906, probably on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Sepia portrait photograph of Sam Stevenson, Scarinish, in Highland Light Infantry uniform with two army friends in around 1915. On the reverse, is handwritten ‘Dear Jean, I am yours always, with love, Sam’. Jean (Jane) Campbell and Sam were married in 1914, just before he joined up.
Scanned extract about fishermen from Rosehearty, Aberdeenshire, making regular March sailings to fishing grounds near Tiree and Coll during the 1800s. From the book ‘Fishing Boats and Fisher Folk on the East Coast of Scotland’ by Peter F Anson, 1930.
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Iron hand-hook used for grabbing and lifting bags of grain when transferring them from the ship’s hold to the winching cradle in Scarinish Harbour.
Hexagonal, wooden stool seat, carved at one of Lady Victoria Campbell’s woodwork classes in around 1910.
Royal Engineers shoulder patch belonging to Charles McLean (1894-1923), youngest son of Lachlan McLean and Mary McDonald, Kenovay. Charles served in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders at the Somme during WW1. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.