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.
Coloured photograph of two men from Clachan, Cornaig, creel-fishing off the north coast of Tiree, near the Ringing Stone. The photo was found in ‘The Captain’s House’ in Cornaigbeg, and is printed from a hand-painted glass slide.
Black & white photograph of a group of six young men, including Neil Sinclair of Balephuil (4th from left) on the sea, around 1955. The identities of the other men are unknown.
Photograph of a seaplane at Coll, 1932
Black & white photograph of a Supermarine Southampton seaplane or `flying boat` at Arinagour, Coll, in 1932. Four of these planes were used to help the Scottish fishing fleet locate herring, and occasionally for emergency medical aid in the islands (see 2015.5.2).
Two newspaper articles about seaplanes, 1932
Digital copies of two newspaper articles from the Edinburgh Evening News, 6th and 18th June 1932, regarding the use of Supermarine Southampton seaplanes to locate herring shoals for the Scottish fishing fleet, and to transport a doctor to the Island of Coll in a medical emergency.
Photograph of Neil MacNeill, Scarinish, in the 1960s
Sepia photograph of Neil MacNeill, Scarinish, (Niall an Tailleir / Neil son of the Tailor) at the tiller of an open fishing boat in the 1960s.
Photograph of Willie MacNeill and Dr Kennedy in the 1960s
Sepia photograph of L-R: Dr Kennedy and Willie MacNeill, The Land – Barrapol, in a fishing boat off Tiree in the 1960s.
Photograph of shags on a rocky point in the 1960s
Sepia photograph of about 40 shags taking off from a rocky point on Tiree`s shore in the 1960s. The photograph was probably taken by Dr Kennedy, out on a fishing trip with Willie MacNeill, The Land – Barrapol, and Neil MacNeill, Scarinish (Niall an Tailleir). Shags were once part of the Tiree diet.
Photograph of Duncan MacInnes in 1984
Colour photograph of Duncan MacInnes, Ruaig, in his fishing boat in 1984. (original stored on CD in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1)