Cross-section of a hazel tree from Glac nan Smeur / Hollow of the Brambles, on the side of Beinn Hynish, Balephuil. There are about 80 rings, suggesting that the tree is still producing new stems. Planted in 1803, it remains the oldest tree on Tiree. Hazels can live for 500 years.
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.
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.
Large piece of pottery from Dùn nan Nighean midden chute, Balephuil. Collected by John Wombell during a North of Scotland Archaeological Society (NOSAS) field trip in June 2017.
Photograph of a page from a notebook from around 1850-1930, with sketches, a photograph of a young man, and a handwritten poem ‘My Place’ by Ben B MacKinnon, 1903. The notebook was owned by a relation of the MacKinnon / MacLean family of Balephuil who ran the shop there.
Photograph of a page from a notebook onto which 16 small sepia portraits have been stuck, from around 1850-1930. The notebook was owned by a relation of the MacKinnon / MacLean family of Balephuil who ran the shop there, and the photos are probably of that family.
DVD compilation of sections of old films about Tiree, made in 2016 from videos held in An Iodhlann amongst others. Includes footage of: ferries, the Mary Stewart, Scarinish harbour, Scarinish Hotel, the ringing stone, Nester and Gavin Carter’s bakery and bread making, school bus driven by butcher Donald MacLean, The Reef, livestock health, Balephetrish, Mannal, Balemartine, Baugh, Tiree High School, children singing a traditional Gaelic hunting song, accordion music and several accordionists, Gaelic songs sung by locals at a ceilidh, thatched houses and thatching with Hector Brown, Alexander MacNeill’s opinions on thatched houses (1985), Am Bail Ur in Balephuil, Iain MacKinnon talking in Gaelic and English in his house at Kilmoluaig, Hynish harbour and buildings, harvesting and stooks, Cornaig mill, livestock sales, airport, bands, Balevullin, An Iodhlann, Tiree Music Festival, Travee, aerial view of a seal swimming, bicycles, schoolyard games, sheep shearing, Gott Bay pier, cattle, pipe music, shops, ships, Vaul, timelapse film of the sky as the sun sets and rises, young Eilidh Campbell and her brother talk in Gaelic about life on Tiree. Other people include: Ann Carter, Douglas Carter, Sinclair Carter, Olwen Carter, Monica Smith (nee Davis), Neil MacPhail, Angus MacPhail, Mairi Campbell, Bernard Smith, Iain MacDonald, Iain Brown, Iain MacLean, Myra Brown, Hector Campbell, Alex MacArthur, Gordon Connell.
Black and white photograph of Balephuil croft land with Ben Hough in the background from a postcard in the 1940s. Probably taken looking north from the road just north of ‘Manitoba’, Balephuil. The handwriting on the reverse reads “Happy memories of a really wizzard time. May 1946 to May 1947. All my love. Forever yours. Don. May the sun shine always on “Sunny Tiree”. Donald Winn was stationed at RAF Tiree and married Ann MacDonald Kennedy, the daughter of Archie Walker, Moss.