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The Colin MacPhail collection – file binder 3

Collection of original letters, documents, photographs etc. from 1920-1970, found in Colin MacPhail`s byre at Crossapol. Includes: correspondence and articles regarding school, doctors, foster children and personal shopping. For example:


Photograph of a young Willie Adair with his brother, sister and housekeeper, ca 1930.

Sepia photograph of a young Willie Adair, Balevullin & Scarinish, with his older brother Tom, sister Jean and housekeeper Margaret Duffy, ca 1930. The family lived in Glasgow. Their mother died giving birth to Willie and were raised by the housekeeper. Willie was later fostered to Balevullin. (Original in filing cabinet 9 drawer 3)



Collection of photographs belonging to Willie Adair, Balevullin & Scarinish

Collection of 14 black & white and colour photographs belonging to Willie Adair (1925-2010), Balevullin & Scarinish. Willie was a foster child from Glasgow who came to live in the red-roof house in Balevullin. He was a great piper. Married first to Ina Lamont, Balemartine, then Agnes in Greenock. Returned to the Eventide Home in Scarinish for his last days. His niece `B` looked after Willie in Greenock and erected his headstone on Tiree. Seven photos of Willie accessioned separately Q113-Q119. Others are of his brother Tom, sister Jeannie and her daughter `B` and son `Little Jimmie` amongst others.


Photograph of Dugald MacDonald, Neil MacArthur and Dugald MacArthur at Balemartine ca. 1973

Colour photograph of L-R: Dugald MacDonald (Dughall Eachainn `ic Chaluim) who owned a hotel in Dunedin, New Zealand, Neil MacArthur (Niall Ruaddh), who had a shop in Balemartine, and Dugald MacArthur (Dughall an taillear), tailor in Balemartine. Taken in front of Neil`s shop around 1973. Dugald MacArthur brought up boarded-out boy John Fletcher, Mull View, Balemartine.



Photograph of a group of Balemartine folk, ca 1955

Black & white photograph of Dugald “the Tailor” MacArthur (Dughall Dhomhnaill an t-sleibh), with children Elizabeth Shepherd, and John and Jean Fletcher (L-R in front), around 1955.