Wedding cake postal box and compliments slip found inside a tin box in the wall of Taigh a’ Chontractor, Crossapol, in 2016. The wedding, held in London on 4 June 1917, was of Kate Matheson Maclennan, mantle saleswoman from Partick, to John Maclean (42), Corporation Clerk and Private in the Royal Highlanders of Canada. The cake box is addressed to Mrs Ann MacDonald, Farmer, Balemartine, Tiree, and stamped 2d. Ann was 66 in the 1911 census (72 at the time of the wedding). Both of Kate’s parents were from Stornoway.
Cutting about Lady Frances Balfour (nee Campbell), the Duke of Argyll’s sister, from an article titled ‘World of Women’ from an unknown newspaper published in around 1917. Lady Frances was at the forefront of women’s rights and the suffragist movement.
Small hard-backed book ‘Tide and Speed Tables’, 1915, produced by Murray, McVinnie & Co. Ltd., Naval Stores, Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow. Includes illustrations and definitions of ships’ communications flags, semaphore flags, port charges, electrical terms. On the back page are hand-written notes by, or relating to, Hector MacKinnon and Donald MacK[innon]. From the belongings of the Lamont/MacKenzie family of The Harbour, Caoles.
Collection of three mail order catalogues belonging to the Lamont/MacKenzie family of Harbour, Caoles, in the 1920s: Forrest’s Country Boots in stamped brown envelope addressed to Mr D MacKinnon; J D Williams & Co., the Dale Street Warehouse, Manchester; Greenlees & Sons (Easiephit Footwear) Ltd, Possilpark, Glasgow.
Sepia portrait photograph of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe in Naval uniform in around 1900. Found in The Harbour, Caoles, in the belongings of the Lamont/MacKenzie family. The link between the family and the Admiral is unknown, although it is possible that one of the men served with, or was decorated by, the Admiral.