Photocopied pages from the annals of the Celtic Society, 1836, in which Rev Neil MacLean, minister on Tiree, reports to George Farquharson, Secretary to the Celtic Society in Edinburgh, the results of the Celtic Society competition for school children on Tiree and Coll. Prize books were awarded for proficiency in arithmetic, writing, english and gaelic. The winning scholars on Tiree attended Kirkapol School – Malcolm MacDougall, Archibald MacKinnon, Donald MacLean, Donald Clarke and Ann MacKinnon; Heylipol School – Allan Campbell, Robert MacFarlane, Flora MacDougall, Christina MacLean, Donald MacIntyre and Catherine Campbell; Hynish School – Allan MacDonald and Hugh MacKinnon. The scholars’ fathers’ names are also listed.
Two merit certificates from the Scotch Education Department for Jessie Ann MacDonald, Milton, while attending Ruaig Public School, in 1893 and 1895. Tragically, Jessie Ann died at just 18 years old. From a collection of items found in Milton Cottage, Caoles.
Photocopy of the certificate from the French government to Captain Neil MacLean, Caoles, which accompanied the Silver Medal of Rescue awarded to him in 1928 for his part in the rescue of a stricken French vessel in 1927. Includes typed notes by Neil MacLean’s nephew, Archie MacLean, on the French used in the certificate and the English translation.
Framed certificate from the Merchant Marine of France to Captain Neil MacLean, Caoles, accompanying the Silver Medal of Rescue awarded to him in 1927 for his part in the rescue of a stricken French vessel.
Translation: The Minister of Public Works certifies that, by a Decree of 6 March 1928, the President of the French Republic has awarded the Silver Medal for Rescue to Mr N. McLean, English subject, captain of the English steamship ‘Dunston’, in recognition of the part he played, on 4 December 1927, in taking on board his ship the crew members of the French vessel ‘Amphitrite’ which was in peril having been dismasted and disabled in the storm off the coast of Brittany. By the Minister, The Director of Work Services and Navigational Studies, Paris 19 March 1928.
Letter dated July 1971 from Firemaster Robert Herbert of the Western Area Fire Brigade, Johnstone, to Volunteer Fireman Duncan MacPhee of Scarinish, praising his actions at a fire in Scarinish and notifying him of an ex gratia payment of 50p per hour.
Bronze bravery medal from the Royal Humane Society of London awarded to Archibald MacLean Jr for his participation in the rescue of the remaining crew of the gale-stricken schooner ‘Maria and Fanny’, off Kenavara, Balephuil Bay, in 1868. The rescue was carried out at great risk, and all eight members of the crew, including the captain, were given awards by the Royal Humane Society. A blue ribbon was added later.
The latin inscription reads “LATEAT SCINTILLVLA FORSAN ; SOC.LOND.IN.RESVSCITAT ; INTERMORTVORVM (?)INSTIT ; MDCCLXXIV” one one side, and “HOC PRETIVM CIVE SERVATO TVLIT ; VIT.OB.SERV.D.D. SOC.REG HVM.” on the other.
Ornate glass walking stick presented to Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, in recognition of his achievement in winning the great China Tea Race of 1866. From the estate of Robert Nisbet, Heanish. The silk ribbons were added later to hang the walking stick.
Photograph of a letter from 10 Downing Street to Neil MacPhail, Kirkapol, stating that the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, has it in mind to add Neil’s name to the New Year Honour’s list. Dated November 1979. Neil was awarded an MBE in 1980.