School text of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Ceasar’ (The Octavo Texts) used by Mona MacDonald, Scarinish, in Class III of Cornaigmore High School in the 1930s. Homework passages are marked inside. Mona’s name and class are handwritten inside the front and back covers.
Softback book ‘No Shame in Fear’ by Alex C. MacLean, 2016. Alex C. Maclean was born on the Isle of Tiree in 1923, and lived there until the age of fourteen, when he went to sea. This is a first-hand account of the WW2 Atlantic convoys and the devastation of war. Stalked by German U-boats, cast adrift in a lifeboat, it also tells of the difficulties of the post-war period, in building a decent family life and coming to terms with his own history back on Tiree. Foreword by Donald S. Murray.
Hardback book ‘The Phonetics of the Gaelic Language and a System of Phonography’ by Malcolm MacFarlane, 1889. Includes exposition of orthography. Presented to Cornaigmore library in 1906 by James Coats, Jnr of Ferguslie House, Paisley, who donated hundreds of books to Tiree’s schools and to the Reading Room (now An Iodhlann).
Hardback book ‘Celtic Studies: Essays in memory of Angus Matheson 1912-1962’ edited by James Carney and David Greene, 1968; which belonged to Allan MacDougall, Headteacher at Cornaigmore School during the 1940s. Essays by friends of Angus Matheson reflecting his range of interests which, while primarily directed towards Gaelic language and literature, embraced the whole field of Celtic Studies.
Collection of four school books from Ruaig and Cornaig schools in the 1950s: (1) The New Speed and Accuracy Tests in Arithmetic, Book 1, by CW Saurin, published by Blackie and Son, Glasgow, (2) Holmes’ New Comprehensive Arithmetic, Book 4, W&R Holmes, Glasgow, (3) Third English Workbook, by Ronald Ridout, published by Ginn & Co., London, (4) Blackie’s New Systematic English Readers, Second Reader, by Eleanor I Chambers, published by Blackie & Son, Glasgow.
Long-service medal awarded to Inspector Hector MacLean (Eachann Ceitidh) of Torosa, Cornaigmore, from the Dumbartonshire Police department around 1952. One side of the medal bears Justice and reads “for exemplary police service”, while the other bears the head of King George VI. This version of the medal was awarded to full-time police officers with 20 years of service over the period 1951-1954. Includes cardboard presentation box.
Colour photograph of an old threshing machine made by R.G. Garvie & Sons, Engineers, Aberdeen in the 1920s or 1930s, belonging to Hugh Archie MacCallum, Whitehouse. The machine measured around 2 metre tall x 2 metre long x 1 metre wide, and was used to separate the edible part of the grain from the chaff. Photographed in 2016.
Hand-drawn map of Tiree showing the locations of 15 aerial photographs taken around the island in 1998 (see 2016.54.1~15). Areas covered are: Kirkapol, Vaul, Ruaig, Cornaigmore, Cornaigbeg, Kenovay, Balephetrish, Caoles, Salum, Kennavara, Hough, Balevullin, Middleton, Kilkenneth, Moss, Baugh, Balemartine, Balinoe, Scarinish, Heanish and Hynish.
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Large, black & white aerial photograph from a series of 15 taken over Tiree in 1998. Photo number: 2-017 Cornaigmore, Conrnaigbeg, Kenovay.
Gold medal engraved with “Tiree Athletic Sports,1903, Best all round champion, Archibald MacLean” on one side, and “Presented by H M Diarmid Esq.” on the other side. Archibald MacLean lived at Whitehouse, Cornaigmore. His father was Donald MacLean and his mother Margaret Ann Farquharson. His siblings were Donald, Alexander, Thomas, Eliza, Margaret and Christina. Hugh (Mac)Diarmid was the Estate Factor at the time.