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Pipe Major Willie MacLean

Photograph of Pipe Major Willie MacLean of Kilcreggan.


Courtesy of Mrs Mairi Campbell

Pipe Major Willie MacLean of Kilcreggan led the 1st Cameron Highlanders into Cologne during World War 1. He was married to Effie MacLaine, daughter of the Caoles bard Neil MacLaine and his wife Catherine MacFadyen.

Black and white photograph of Willie MacLean, Kilcreggan.

Pipe Major Willie MacLean of Kilcreggan, in full Highland regalia. He led the 1st Cameron Highlanders into Cologne during World War I.


Black and white photograph of the wedding of Hugh Cameron and Margaret MacLaine,`Lochiel`, Cornaigmore, in Glasgow on 23rd December 1923, with best man Dr John Cameron and bridesmaid Marion MacLaine.


Courtesy of Mrs Mairi Campbell

The bride Margaret MacLaine and the bridesmaid, her sister Marion, are dressed in the fashion of the day with elaborate bouquets. The groom, Hugh Cameron, is in full Highland regalia.

Both families took a keen interest in the Tiree Association which was founded in 1900 to provide a focal point for islanders living in Glasgow. The bride’s father, Neil, was a well-known bard and was prominent in the Celtic movement in Glasgow.

The best man was the groom’s brother, Dr John Cameron. He married Mae Smillie who raised funds for a holiday cottage by the shore in Morvern for the families of ex-servicemen.


Black and white photograph possibly of Tiree Association event.

Tiree Association Gathering, year unknown. L-R: unknown; Dr John Edward MacKinnon; Mariona MacLaine, Scarinish; Nancy MacLean, Corraire, Cornaigbeg; Rev. Hector Cameron, `Locheil`, Cornaigmore; Hugh Cameron, `Lochiel`, Cornaigmore; Rev. Alexander MacKinnon, Kilmon; unknown; unknown; unknown; unknown.



Interior decoration in the 1920s

Sound clip in English of Mabel Kennedy talking about interior decoration in the 1920s.

Courtesy of Mrs Mabel MacArthur

Mabel Kennedy talks to Dr John Holliday in October 1998 about the interior decoration of the house at Main Road Farm in Balephuil where she lived until she went to work in service in Glasgow in 1926.

The floors of the house were made of concrete although, at that time, some must still have been beaten earth and clay. Earthen floors were considered warmer for children’s feet than concrete or flagstones and were kept clean by a sprinkling of shell sand every day except Sunday.

The walls inside were painted twice a year with whitewash made from seashells. The difficulty and expense of obtaining household goods on a remote Hebridean island encouraged the resourcefulness of the local people who would make do with the materials to hand.

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