Original copy of a children’s comic book featuring the story ‘Dandy, the Detective Dispatch Rider’ by Mrs Alexander Gross, and colour artwork of a German Zeppelin and British tri-planes, suggesting it dates from WWI. Also includes a poem ‘The Flowers Postman’ about bees, and sketches of children. The name John ? Lamont is signed in pen at the top of the cover. Found in ‘Harbour’, Caoles.
An ‘Active Service RAF Privilege’ envelope addressed to Mrs V R Harvey, Hastings, stamped 12 October 1942 , Crossapol, Tiree, containing a series of letters from her husband Harry Harvey who served at RAF Tiree during WWII. In the letters Harry expresses how homesick he is, how he misses his wife and child, and his frustration at missing several shots at the island’s wildlife. The letters were opened and approved by the Postal Censorship Authorities before delivery.
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Extensive account of the genealogy, life and career of Captain James Campbell, Balemartine (1900-1978), by Noni Brown, Australia, 2020. James Campbell left Tiree at 15 years old and worked on ships around the world before settling in Australia where he worked his way up the ranks of the Australian Coastal Shipping Companies. His parents were Neil and Isabel Campbell, Balemartine. The account includes photos, family histories and compositions.
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Bound extract from ‘Kenneth Cameron Family Chronicle’ by Gordon Cameron Richardson, Canada, 2020, about Kenneth Cameron, Balevullin (1816-1871), who emigrated to Canada in 1850 with his wife Agnes (Ann) Morrison on board the ‘Conrad’. They settled on a 100 acre farm in Osprey Township, Grey County in the early 1850s. Kenneth’s great-great grandfather, also Kenneth Cameron, was born in Balevullin in around 1734. The full text includes all Canadian family and descendants, and is available from An Iodhlann in pdf format.
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Digital copy of ‘The Early Years’, an autobiography by Captain Kenneth Norman MacKenzie, Baugh (1897-1951), Master of the ‘Discovery‘. Written during 1949-1951, Kenneth writes of his life on Tiree as a boy and his eventful career at sea. Includes an addendum written in 2018 by his son, Malcolm MacKenzie. The full text is available from An Iodhlann in pdf format.
Results of research confirming that there is a connection between MacLeans on Tiree and McLeans from Treshnish on Mull. Compiled by genealogist Flo Straker, May 2020.
“The 10th and last Treshnish McLean (the Treshnish family dropped the “a”), born in around 1699, lost Treshnish to the Campbells in 1768. The McLeans of Treshnish were then evicted and dispersed to other parts of Mull, and some records indicate also to Tiree”, Ronald W Collins, USA, 2020.
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Information about Duncan Gunn (b. 1841 at Druimchork), schoolmaster at Ruaig Public School during 1880-1901. Compiled from emailed correspondence.
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Results of research into the family history of Niel MacDonald, tailor of Kenovay, conducted for a New Zealand descendant. Niel married Euphemia (Effy) MacDonald in 1834, but died only four years later in 1838. They had four children: Niel (b. 1831), Janet (b. 1834), Catherine (b. 1836) and Niel (b. 1838). Compiled by Flo Straker, 2020.
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Handwritten notes made by Ailig MacArthur, Heylipol, about tin churches and the introduction of post office vans in the 1950s.
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