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.
Clear plastic garment bag from Hebridean Knitwear, decorated with a map of the Hebrides. A small knitwear factory operated on Tiree from 1969 to 1984, first at Kirkapol and then at Crossapol.
Large brass spring balance scales for weighing up to 200 lbs of grain, fleece and other items. Manufactured by Geo. Salter & Co. Ltd in 1917.
The Scots Magazine, June 1965, with an article about Tiree and its people ‘Island of Prosperous Crofters’ by Campbell K Finlay. Includes photographs of Scarinish Harbour: A D Brown, Tobermory (merchant to Tiree); Margaret Brown, Vaul; Malcolm M MacLean, Salum; A H MacPhail, Clachan; A G H Bruton, Lodge Hotel; Travee; coastal cliffs; croft house, Scarinish; Parkhouse, Balephetrish; L J MacFadyen, Kenovay; J L MacInnes, Salum; W MacPhee, gamekeeper; Balephetrish road. Also mentioned in text: Walter Hume, the Reef & An Fhaodhail, primary schools, boarded-out children, island house, sheep, bulb-growing, cottars, income, crofters’ war, snipe shooting, tourism, fishing.
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Schrader spark plug tyre pump from the 1950s. To operate, it was screwed into the spark plug mounting of the engine, and, when the engine was turned on, blew an air/fuel mixture into the tyre.
Black-painted, iron balance beam scales from the Thatched House Museum at Sandaig. The museum closed in 2010 and many of its display items were passed on to An Iodhlann.
Photocopied article titled ‘Bulb Growing in Scotland’ by DH Turner, from the Scottish Agriculture publication in Spring 1969. Tiree joined the bulb growing industry during that time.
Brass belt buckle from a Boys Brigade uniform, ca 1950s.
Printed eulogy read out at the funeral of Angus Munn, Heanish (1927-2015), written by his daughter.