Tag Archives: emmigration


Softback book ‘The Secret Island – towards a history of Tiree’, 2014. Published proceedings of a three-day conference held on Tiree by the Islands Book Trust in September 2013, with chapters by many authors on a wide variety of aspects of Tiree’s history and culture.

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Manuscript and lyrics for a modern folk song about a woman from Tiree who emigrates to Canada. ‘Fay McKinnon’ was composed by accomplished singer/songwriter Bob Dunn during a visit to Tiree in 2018. Other material includes a CD and booklet of additional songs by Bob Dunn, and covering letter with background to the song.


Academic paper ‘Cholera in Quebec in 1849’ by Prof. Sylvio LeBlònd published in the Canadian M. A. Journal, 1954, describing how cholera arrived at Quebec, Canada, with immigrants from Ireland, how it spread, how many died, how it was treated and the hospital that was set up to deal with it. Tiree people emmigrating to Canada via Quebec in the mid-1800s had to face these conditions, and in 1849, 48 of them died of cholera.

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Bound booklet of transcribed excerpts regarding Tiree from the Autobiography and Memoirs of George Douglas, 8th Duke of Argyll (1823-1900).

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Photograph of John & Nellie MacKinnon, and Sarah MacDonald, ca 1920


Sepia photograph of (seated) John MacKinnon of Glasgow (b. 1871) and his wife Nellie (Helen Muir) of Wick, and (standing) John`s sister Sarah MacDonald (nee MacKinnon; b. 1867), probably taken around 1920. Sarah married Robert MacDonald of Wick (Tiree & Patagonia?) in December 1903, they had one son, Neil (MacKinnon?) (married Katherine?) who had one daughter Nancy. On the reverse of the photo is written `Mhairi`s Granny – Sara MacDonald`. (original photo stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1)