Small, round, brass ‘Ancroid’ barometer belonging to Robert Nisbet, Heanish, and thought to have come from the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ that was sailed to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866 by Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish.
Accounting book belonging to Robert Nisbet, Heanish, containing records of amounts spent on (1) fencing materials for croft apportionment and the Scarinish-Heanish boundary in 1972, including the share of the costs for Nisbet and DA Cameron, and labour paid to Neil MacNeill for fencing work, (2) supplies from Boots the Chemists, Oban, 1948-1952, (3) goods from Cook & Blair, Greenock, 1948-1952, (3) goods from Cooper, McDougall & Robertson, Glasgow, 1947-1952, (3) insurance from the Co-operative Insurance Society, Glasgow, 1946-1952, (4) goods and services from George & Jobling, Glasgow, 1949-1952, (5) goods from Speedwell Lubricants, London, 1949-1951, (6) goods from Duncan MacDougall, Oban, 1950-1952, (7) goods from Kilmarnock Equitable Co-op Society, 1948-1950, (8) goods from J&D Hilston, Lanark, 1948-1952, (9) goods from McGill & Smith, Ayr, 1948-1952, (10) goods from MacFarlan Shearer & Co., Greenock, 1948-1952, (11) goods from Scottish Agricultural Industries, Glasgow, 1948-1952, (12) services from GPO – Telephone Manager, Glasgow, 1949-1951, (13) bull services of the Scarinish Hotel, 1950, (14) veterinary services of DS Brown, Oban, 1951-1952, (15) rent to the Duke of Argyll, 1949-1952, (16) membership of the Highland Cattle Society of Scotland, 1949-1951, (17) subscription to the Scottish Farmer newspaper, Glasgow, 1951-1952. The accounting book itself is titled “The Guildhall series of stock rulings”.
Portrait photograph of Kenneth Nisbet Mure QC (1947-2016) in barrister’s wig and gown. From the estate of Robert Nisbet, Heanish.
Kenneth Mure’s mother lived on Tiree, and while he lived in Giffnock, he retained a holiday home on the island. Graduating from Glasgow University, he was qualified in both Scots and English law, and was an expert in revenue and property law. Mr Mure became a highly respected Advocate for Scotland in 1975, and took silk as a Queen’s Council for the UK in 1989.
He left over £3m in his will to create the Misses Nisbet Educational Fund, a trust that would be used for “the advancement in education and that for the benefit of residents or former residents of Tiree and in particular those who have attended school in Tiree and such other persons who in the opinion of the trustees have a substantial personal or family connection with Tiree.”
Collection of fliers, information and letters about a presentation titled ‘Captain Donald MacKinnon, Clippers and the China Tea Trade’ given by Lloyd Pitcher in Australia on 7th March 2017. Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, sailed the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866.
Printed information and photographs on CD documenting the repair and restoration of the wax portrait of Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, in 2015. Captain MacKinnon sailed the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866, and the portrait was made specially for him by his father-in-law to congratulate him in his achievment.
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Dissertation on William Murray, Glasgow, Carver and Gilder (1796-1867) who created the wax portrait of Captain Donald MacKinnon, Heanish, which is held in An Iodhlann. Captain MacKinnon sailed the tea clipper ‘Taeping’ to victory in the Great China Tea Race of 1866. William Murray was the father of Captain MacKinnon’s wife, Margaret Anne Murray. See pages 20-22 regarding Captain MacKinnon.
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Hand-drawn map of Tiree showing the locations of 15 aerial photographs taken around the island in 1998 (see 2016.54.1~15). Areas covered are: Kirkapol, Vaul, Ruaig, Cornaigmore, Cornaigbeg, Kenovay, Balephetrish, Caoles, Salum, Kennavara, Hough, Balevullin, Middleton, Kilkenneth, Moss, Baugh, Balemartine, Balinoe, Scarinish, Heanish and Hynish.
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Large, black & white aerial photograph from a series of 15 taken over Tiree in 1998. Photo number: 13-043 Heanish.
Collection of 26 photographic prints of the Sinclair family of Main Road, Balephuil, ca 1930-1970. The Sinclairs were on the donor’s father’s side of the family and include Johnsons and MacArthurs. His mother’s side of the family were MacKinnons of Adavale, Heanish. Seventeen of the photographs are accessioned separately as 2016.53.2~18.