Tag Archives: doctors

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2019.17.1

Information about Archibald MacKinnon, Balephuil & Mull (1824-1886) and Colin MacDonald, Balephuil & Glasgow (1856-1927). Colin MacDonald’s father (also Colin) died in the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856, just before he was born. Colin Jnr trained as a doctor then returned to Tiree to start a practice at Balemartine in 1909. Colin’s wife Jessie Maggie MacKinnon was Archibald MacKinnon’s daughter. Archibald MacKinnon survived the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856.

“Around 1909, a second doctor had come to the island, Dr Colin MacDonald (an Dotair Domhnallach), whose first wife was related to Helen Kennedy (Eilidh bheag, Balevullin), set up a rival practice in Balemartine … but it is unlikely the island could support two doctors and left after a few years to go to Bunessan” [on Mull]. Extract from ‘Water from the Seventh Wave – a history of Tiree’s healers’ by John Holliday.

2018.58.1

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.

2018.57.1

Scanned copy of a newspaper eulogy of Dr Catherine Brown (1900 – c.1985) titled ‘The doctor whose name lives on in Agyll school annals’ from (presumably) the Oban Times. Although Catherine was born in Bunessan, Mull, her Baptist minister father Alexander Brown, was originally from Mannal, Tiree, and she was “as much at home too in the Isle of Tiree”.

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2018.54.4

Collection of 36 original colour photographs, including the Reading Room and first exhibitions, Whitehouse Cattle Show, houses Taigh a’ Bhochdainn and Lag nan Cruach before renovation, ploughing demonstration, Tiree district nurses, Tiree football team ca. 1999. Most are catalogued separately (see 2018.54.5 – 27).

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