Photocopied pages from a notebook dated 1889-1929 belonging to Archibald MacEachern, blacksmith of Cornaig. Contains handwritten financial calculations, notes on orders and payments, diary notes, entries in proforma ‘The Keeper was here this day….’, invitations to the funeral of his father, also Archibald MacEachern. From an exhibition held at An Iodhlann in 1998.
Photographs of three items belonging to the family of island factor Hugh MacDiarmid (1846-1928), who lived at Island House, Heylipol, during 1876-1928. Top: an Entada phasaeoloides ‘sea-bean’ found on the beach by the factor’s daughter, Meta MacDiarmid, and made into a pendant for her (possibly by her fiancee). Middle: brass plaque from a wooden box of silver plated cutlery presented by people of Tiree to Meta on her marriage. Bottom: a coffee or chocolate pot presented by the Duke of Argyll to Hugh MacDiarmid in 1906, probably on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Composition about the life and family of John Miller Matthew Geekie, who was a factor for the Duke of Argyll on Tiree. His sons Peter J,, John Neil, and Charles S. were born in Tiree in 1871-73. The family emigrated to Manitoba, Canada. Compiled by Charles A Muir, Ottawa, 2017.
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Geekie’s wife Ann Campbell (1844-1918) was 1st cousin to Colina Georgina McLean Campbell, Balephetrish (1841-1930), wife of Doctor Alexander Buchanan, Baugh. Ann was the daughter of Donald Campbell Tacksman of Reef & Ulva. Colina was the daughter of Colin Campbell (Cailean Mhor) of Coll. Colin bought the two ends of Coll, which the Laird of Coll lost through bankruptcy around 1851. He owned the farms of Cornaig & Caolis on Coll. Both Colin Campbell (1798-1867) and Donald Campbell (1801-1884) were sons of Niel Campbell, Tacksman of Sunipol (1769-c1854).
Notes on Malcom McLaurin (1765-1834), Argyll Estates’ chamberlain on Tiree during 1801-1811, compiled by John Holliday and Catriona White in 2017. He was not well-liked.
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Collection of five booklets of ‘Tocher – Tales, Songs and Traditions’ from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh, 1978-1991, containing Tiree material: Blar nan Sguab / Battle of the Sheaves, No. 18, pg 44; The Dairymaid and the Cattle-Thief, No. 18, pg 49; Marbhrann do Mhrs. Noble / Elegy for Mrs Noble, No. 18, pg 50; A’ Chailleach Bhuana / the Harvest Maiden, No. 18, pg 52; Niall Og’s Harvest, No. 18, pg 54; An Corp-Creadh mu Dheireadh / The Last Clay Image made in Tiree, No. 18, pg 56; The Loss of the Fishing Boats (Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856), No. 18, pg 58; Oran an Fhuadaich / Song of the Storm (Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856), No. 18, pg 60; Diarmad agus Gràine, No. 18, pg 62; Donald Sinclair, No. 20, pg 152; Hector Kennedy, No. 32, pg 69; Latha Bathadh Bhaile Phuill / The Balephuil Disaster (1856), No. 32, pg 90; Oran do Shir Dòmhnall MacPhàrlain / Song to Sir Donald MacFarlane, No. 32, pg 92; Tha mise seo gun chruit gun sgoth / I am here with neither Croft nor Boat, No. 32, pg 94; Gilleasbuig Laidir and the Factor, No. 32, pg 96; ‘Lord’ MacDonald, No. 32, pg 98; Tiree settlers in Ontario, No. 42, pg 362; A’ Falbh a Tiriodh / Leaving Tiree, No. 42, pg 410; Donald MacLean Sinclair, No. 42, pg 424; Neil Lamont, No. 43, pg 67.
Collection of 18 articles by Rhoda Meek, Caoles, extracted from Gaelic language magazine Cothrom, issues 29-59, 2001 onwards, one article by Hector MacDougall about Coll heroes (Cothrom 40), one by Rev Hector Cameron about the building of Island House and collecting peat from Coll (Cothrom 42), and another about a storm which cut Coll into three and Tiree into seven (Cothrom 41). In Gaelic with English translations.
Booklet ‘West Highland Notes & Queries’, Series 4, No. 3, March 2017. Includes articles on the MacLeans of Duart and Lochbuie & the Jacobite Cause 1400-1766 (with references to Tiree), paintings of pipers, ‘The Tacksman Class in Argyllshire 1800-50’, ‘A Visit to Coll in 1831’, and ‘Tiree’s resistance to the Earl of Argyll’s takeover of the Island 1674-1682’ by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol.
Two hand-drawn family trees showing (1) the link between the donor and her Tiree ancestors through her great-grandmother Marion MacLean Brodie (b. 1854), who was daughter of Lachlan MacLean (b. 1804), Kilmoluaig, and Catherine MacLean (b.1814), Grianal (Greenhill), and (2) the family of Sarah Sinclair (b. 1895), Cathcart, whose Tiree ancestors include her grandparents Donald Sinclair (b. 1808), Balemartine, and Henrietta McLaurin (b. 1811), Balemartine. Henrietta’s father was Malcolm McLaurin, the Duke of Argyll’s Chamberlain on Tiree.
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Scottish Land Court document, 1913, drawn up between the Duke of Argyll and Duncan MacDonald, Lower Caoles, regulating the use of storm-cast seaweed in Coales. Other names mentioned: Alexander MacLean (Snr), Caoles; Hugh MacLean, Caoles; John MacFadyen, Caoles; Hector MacDonald, Caoles; Lachlan MacLean, Caoles; Alexander MacLean (Jnr), Caoles; Hugh MacDiarmid (Factor), Island House; John Disselduff (Sheriff-Clerk Oban).
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.