Tag Archives: fishermen

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.

2015.5.1

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).

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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.

2015.5.2 Flying Boats to help find fish 1932

2015.5.2 Flying Boat trip with doctor 1932

2014.108.5

Photograph of shags on a rocky point in the 1960s

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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.