Alexander MacKinnon’s father, also Alexander, Kilmoluaig, was one of the Skerryvore Lighthouse team housed at Hynish. Alexander Sr died from pneumonia contracted after a sea rescue in a storm in 1887(?), after which Alex Jr and his mother had to vacate their Hynish cottage and live with her parents, MacLeans of Cornaigbeg. Alexander Jr took Divinity at Glasgow University, serving as minister for 33 years at the Presbyterian Church in Manchester, St. Columba’s in Glasgow and at Kilmonivaig at Spean Bridge, amongst others. Former Vice-President of the Tiree Association.
Small hardback book ‘Dain Spioradail / Grant’s Gaelic Hymns’ by Padruig Grannd, 1875, belonging to the MacDonald family, Greenbank, Kilmoluaig. On the inside cover is written “Rev HM Paterson” and “K Macdonald, 15/5/39”
Book ‘Carmina Gadelica – Ortha nan Gaidheal, Vol. I’ of hymns and incantations from the highlands and islands of Scotland, translated into English by Alexander Carmichael, 1900. Signed by the author on the inside front cover in fountain pen “To Mr Kenneth MacLeod with the ???? love of Alexander Carmichael, Edinburgh, Latha Bealltain, 1907”.
CD ‘Sguaban à Tìr and Eòrna: Traditions of Tiree’, Scottish Tradition Series no. 27, School of Scottish Studies, Edinburgh University, 2016. A collection of 29 tunes, songs, poems, hymns and other recordings in Gaelic and English. Includes a booklet edited by Margaret A MacKay and Donald E Meek. Compiled for A’ Bhuain – Tiree Homecoming 2016.
Information about the tradition of `Lining Out` the Psalm at Church services pre-1940
Composition by Ailean Boyd about the tradition of `Lining Out the Psalm` in Tiree churches, whereby the precentor chants out each line before it is sung collectively by the congregation. It appears to have come to an end in the mid- to late-1930s. Includes a ‘Short Note’ on the subject published in Scottish Reformation Society Historical Journal, Vol. 4, 2014, and notes about the correct name for Heylipol.