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Vaccination certificate for smallpox, 1899

Original `Notice of the Requirement of Vaccination` issued under the Compulsory Vaccination Act to all newborns under the age of 6 months. Made out to Hugh Hector MacArthur (Caoles?) on 19 Oct. 1899. None of the certificates are signed or returned to the Registrar, so perhaps Hugh Hector did not receive the vaccination.

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Composition “The Story of Elizabeth Crow and Murdoch McQuarie”

Composition about the life and family history of Elizabeth Crow (1860-1883) who came to live at Hynish with her lighthouse-keeper father and mother, at the age of 15. In 1880, she had an illegitimate daughter by Murdoch McQuarie, the eldest son of Lachlan McQuarie, tacksman of Hynish Farm. The McQuarie family would not allow their son to marry Elizabeth. Written by her great niece in 2011.


DVD film “Kids on Tiree” made by Tiree children with BBC LAB team who visited the Tiree Feis 2010

DVD of films made at a BBC LAB film-making workshop with children during Feis Thiriodh in July 2010. English and Gaelic versions. Features John Isaacson, Eirin Beese, Maya Arkless, Mark, Ben, Fiona, Ewan, Mhairi MacKinnon, Eilidh MacFadyen, Neil Oliver, Rosie Roberts and Argyll MacArthur. Running time 5 mins.


Documents about “Boarded Out” children from Glasgow City Children`s Dept. Annual Report 1950

Photocopied pages from the first annual report of the Corporation of the City of Glasgow Children`s Department about “boarded out” children from Glasgow (included some to Tiree) issued on the instructions of the Children`s Committee and covering the period 1st June 1949 to 31st May 1950. By R. Brough, Children`s Officer.

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Colour photograph of the grave of Donaldina MacLean, Tiree, in the Australian outback near Charleville in Queensland.


Courtesy of Mr Chris Hurst

A few years ago, four friends on a trip in central Queensland came across a grave near Charleville. The inscription on the headstone reads: ‘In loving memory of Donaldina McLean only daughter of Dugald and Mary McKinnon Born on the Island of Tiree Argyleshire Scotland November 30th 1880 Died May 1st 1886 Aged 5 years and 3 months.’

According to local knowledge, the child was restless and crying, and the parents attended to her several times during the night. In the morning they found the girl dead with a snake in her bedclothes. She had been bitten several times.

Isolated graves like these are not uncommon in the outback, a testament to the hardships and tragedies endured by the early settlers.


Articles about Tiree in the newspaper `The Scottish Farmer`, 2002

Articles in The Scottish Farmer, 2002. (1) `Tiree tots help out` – colour photograph of Euan Brown and Lauren MacDonald (mainland) at the recent Tiree sales (front page), (2) Tiree lamb sales held in August 2002 giving breed, prices per head and croft address.