Object Type: composition

2020.1.88

Collection of around 45 letters of condolence written to the family of Charles McLean (1917-1941), beginning with a telegram from RAF Emsworth to Charles’ father’s work place. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow, and his wife Euphemia Terris Stoddart. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, Charles went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the trauma of losing a loved one to active service at that time, and include special letters kept by the family in a red photo album titled ‘The Life and Times of Charles McLean’, and letters from friends and family on Tiree plus other significant letters, including those from parents of other members of Charles’ crew who were lost (Childs, Halley). Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.88 217 Squadron

2020.1.88 red photo album

2020.1.88 Tiree plus

2020.1.88 Donalds family off Tiree

2020.1.88 Euphemias family USA and India

2020.1.88 other RAF parents

2020.1.87

Collection of around 20 personal letters written to Charles McLean (1917-1941), from his family and friends during WWII. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the life and emotions of family and friends of personnel in active service at that time, and include letters to Charles from a friend of the parents of Jim Hunter, a fellow airman missing in action, and from the same friend to Charles’ parents after Charles goes missing in action. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.87 Thelma re Jim Hunter MIA

2020.1.87 Thelma to MacLeans MIA

2020.1.86

Collection of around 35 personal letters written by Charles McLean (1917-1941), to his family and friends during WWII. Charles was the son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay and Linlithgow. An RAF Pilot Officer with 3 and 217 Squadrons, he went missing in action over the English Channel in November 1941. The letters provide an insight into the life, experiences and emotions of a young RAF recruit from Scotland at that time. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.86 Hastings Dec 1939 – Mar 1940

2020.1.86 Hastings Apr-May 1940

2020.1.86 Carlisle May-Jun 1940

2020.1.86 Babbacombe Jul-Aug 1940

2020.1.86 Prestwick Autumn 1940

2020.1.86 Glamorgan Dec 1940

2020.1.86 Newquay Jan 1941

2020.1.86 Barnstable Jan-Mar 1941

2020.1.86 Newquay Apr-Jun 1941

2020.1.86 St Eval Jun-Sep 1941

2020.1.59

Collection of six hand-written letters of condolence following the death of 12 year-old George McLean (1923-1935), son of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay, in 1935. Correspondents include Neil and Mary McKinnon, Moss; Mary B MacLean, Port-na-Criche, Cornaigbeg;  Donald McLean, Kenovay; Hector McLean, Glenkinchie; Lachie McLean, SS Baron Maclay, Colombo; Mary Macdonald, Middleton. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.54

Copy of a handwritten letter, dated 14 June 1906, from Lachlan (a’ Mharsanta / the merchant) McLean (1836-1921), Kenovay, to his son-in-law Hector McLean (and wife Christina) on the birth of their daughter, Mary McLean. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.53

Copy of a handwritten letter, dated 19 August 1893, from Susan McLean, sister of Lachlan (a’ Mharsanta / the merchant) McLean (1836-1921), Kenovay, to Lachlan’s daughter, Christina McLean. It refers to Lachlan’s grief at the death of his young son Charles McLean (1880-1893). Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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2020.1.52

Handwritten letter, dated 21 June 1883, from Hector McDonald, Lochgilphead, to Lachlan (a’ Mharsanta / the merchant) McLean (1836-1921), Kenovay, regarding the activities of the Royal Commission and the hardships of Tiree crofters. The letter is very probably referring to Crofters’ rights and the  Napier Commission. Includes the remains of the original envelope stamped by both Lochgilphead and Oban post offices. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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