Christmas card from the teacher of the P1 Gaelic class, Anna Martin, in 1992. Inside she has written “Nollaig Chridheil agus Bliadhna math ùr. Bho Anna Màiri Mhartainn.” The card contained a photograph of the children in her class.
Black and white photograph of Peter MacLeod, Ruaig (b. 1933), with his wheelbarrow in the garden at the rear of Ruaig Schoolhouse in 1935/36. The building in the background is the Ruaig Congregationalist Chapel, now a private house.
Peter MacLeod was born in Ruaig School house in 1933. His mother, Christina MacLeod (nee MacKinnon), was appointed teacher at Ruaig School about 1922/1923 after completing her training at Jordanhill College. His father, Robert MacLeod, was appointed Headmaster of Ruaig School in 1927/28, and they were married in 1930. Christina had a lifelong interest in gardening, and Peter was given the wheelbarrow to help his mother in the garden.
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.
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Composition by Alistair MacNeill, Hynish and North Berwick, titled ‘A World War 2 child in Hynish’ describing life on Tiree during the war from a child’s perspective.
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Reprint of an academic paper ‘Boarding-out and the Scottish Poor Law, 1845-1914’, written by Helen J MacDonald and published in The Scottish Historical Review in 1996.
Handwritten letter to Mrs MacDonald, Milton, from Isabella Black, Vaul, dated 1914, regarding receipt of presents from Mrs MacDonald and from Jessie Ann (who was named after Jessie Ann MacDonald who died in 1898). The letter also mentions boys Neil and Hugh Archie, who would appear to be pupils of Isabella Black’s at Ruaig School. Includes the original envelope. From a collection of items found in Milton Cottage, Caoles.
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CD recording of a BBC Radio 4 programme ‘Crossing Continents’ on Resignation Syndrome in refugee children in Sweden, with a note from Dr Margaret Mackay, School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh, about the similarities with a condition in Tiree children known as barr a’ chinn.
Short composition ‘Memories of our evacuation to Tiree 1944-1945’, by Archie Johnstone, 2017. Archie, with his sister Margaret and brother Ian, were evacuated from Rochester in Kent to their Aunt Dorothy’s home in upper Vaul, while the German’s were bombing London during WWII.
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