Dates: 1910s

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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.

2017.68.2

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.

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.

2017.45.4

Photograph of a page from a notebook from around 1850-1930, with sketches by Ben B MacKinnon, a photograph of old Helensburgh, and a handwritten poem ‘Your Place’, with Mary H Beattie signed in the corner. The notebook was owned by a relation of the MacKinnon / MacLean family of Balephuil who ran the shop there.

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