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.
Small photograph of an oil painting of the yacht ‘Oceana’ sailing off the coast of Naples in around 1929, with Mount Vesuvius erupting in the background. The Oceana was wrecked at the west end of Crossapol beach in 1949, and the cause of much intrigue at the time. Painted by the Italian artist L. Papaluca (1890-1934), who was well-known for his paintings of ships. The painting belonged to Robert Polson of Badachro (Gairloch) who captained the yacht.
Transcript of a tribute to the artist Kirsty Laird (nee Noel-Paton; 1934-2019) given by her children at Mortonhall Crematorium in August 2019. Much of Kirsty’s art was inspired by Tiree, where she spent many years working from her house at Brock.
Booklet ‘Smuaintean bho Cheann a’ Bhara – Òrain agus bàrdachd le Niall M Brownlie’, 2016. A collection of Gaelic songs and poems written by Niall Brownlie, Barrapol (1925-2015), compiled by his niece, Flora MacKinnon.
Fabric-covered book ‘Seeing London with my Young Friends’ by Charles A Puncker, published in around 1930. On the inside front page is handwritten ‘Presented to Archie Jonston for Attendance Ruaig Sunday School, March 1945’. Archie’s family were from Ruaig, and he was evacuated to Ruaig from Rochester, Kent, during WWII.
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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Metal and cotton candle extinguisher from Ruaig, ca 1930-1950