Two handwritten letters dated 13th & 15th April 1906, sent by Elizabeth Ross to her mother, on the occasion of the family relocating from Edinburgh to Tiree, where her father, John Ross (1846-1925), was taking up the position of schoolmaster at Cornaigmore. The letters are written on the shipping company’s headed paper, and provide an insight into the logistics of moving to Tiree at that time.
Scanned copy of a telegram sent by Captain John Brown (1902-1986), Balevullin, to his parents in Cornaig, after being shipwrecked on Tuskar Rock off the east coast of Ireland in 1927. Includes a page of background information. John Brown was 25 years old at the time and could not swim.
He met his future wife when his ship, the Baron Belhaven, was being repaired in Barry Docks (west of Cardiff) in 1941. A bomb had dropped down the funnel when sailing in convoy out of Liverpool during WW2.
Photocopied extract ‘Island of Tiree’ from the report of the excursion of the Cambrian Archaeological Association to the Western Islands of Scotland, Orkney and Caithness in June 1899. Includes geographical and historical descriptions of the island and detailed observations of archaeological sites at Soroby, Kilbride, Ardchain, Kirkapoll, Kilchennich and Kilmoluag, plus mention of Gunna Islet.
Information and notes about a collection of photographs of the MacPhail family of Clachan, during 1930-1980. Eleven are catalogued individually under 2019.33.1 – 2019.33.12. An additional nine photographs are held on An Iodhlann’s computer.
Black & white photograph of Isabella MacPhail (nee MacLean) of Mull sitting outside her home at Clachan in the 1930s. Isabella was the mother of Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Clachan and Glasgow (1889-1961).
Black & white photograph of Alec Hector MacPhail, Clachan, at the Tiree Association Sports Day on The Reef in 1931. Alec Hector was the nephew of Captain Lachlan MacPhail (1889-1961).
Black & white photograph of L-R: Katie MacPhail, Harry Stanley, May MacPhail (nee MacKinnon, teacher on Tiree), and Alec Hector MacPhail (May’s husband), at Clachan in the 1930s. Katie was the sister of Captain Lachlan MacPhail (1889-1961), and Alec Hector his nephew.