Hand-framed newspaper obituary for Jessie Ann MacDonald of Milton Cottage, Caoles, who died at the age of 18 in 1898. She attended school at Ruaig and Glasgow, worked in Glasgow, then returned to Tiree to work in the post office. Daughter of Archibald MacDonald, who worked for MacBrayne ferries. From a collection of items found in Milton Cottage, Caoles.
Small clear glass rectangular ‘Sloans Liniment’ bottle found on Soroby Beach. Sloans liniment was made between 1890 and 1913 for applying to the skin to ease muscle and joint pain. Initially made for treating horses, but was found affective on people also.
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.
Small clear glass bottle embossed with ELLIMAN’S EMBROCATION. The embrocation (lotion) was first formulated by James Elliman of Slough in 1847 as a muscle rub for animals. It was later sold for use on people, and become famous as an aid for aching muscles and joints. Found around Donald Brown’s house at Vaul.
Printed report on ‘The Demographics of the population of Coll and Tiree’ by Sarah Griffin, Senior Information Analyst of Public Health, NHS, 2012. Commissioned by Cùram Thiriodh to assess the health needs of the population of Coll and Tiree. Companion report to ‘Demographics and Epidemiology of Coll and Tiree’, 2011. Includes information on current population, overall health, projected population, dementia prevelance and rates of death.
Softback report ‘Profiles: Health and Community in Rural and Urban Argyll’ using data from the Rural-Urban Morbidity Recording Project (2001-2004), by Jane Farmer et al, 2004. The profiles include the work of health professionals, people’s health status and their use of health services. They also highlight strengths and weaknesses of living in the local communities – centering on factors which might be related to health. See pages 17-23 for data from Tiree.
Softback book ‘Hebridean Heroines: Twentieth Century Queen’s Nurses (1940s – 1970s)’ by Catherine M. Morrison, 2017.
Provides insight into the lives of women from the Western Isles who worked as district nurses in the mid-twentieth century. Here they describe in their own words their everyday lives; working long hours and always available when called, regardless of hour, weather conditions or remoteness.