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Scientific paper ‘A Lateglacial archaeological site in the far north-west of Europe at Rubha Port an t-Seilish, Isle of Islay, western Scotland: Ahrensburgian-style artefacts, absolute dating and geoarchaeology’, by Steven Mithen (University of Reading) and colleagues, 2015. Includes letter to Dr Holliday from Prof. Mithen.


Newspaper article about the Balephuil fishing disaster, 1856

Photocopy of a newspaper article from the Glasgow Herald, July 1856 (and typed transcript by donor), about the loss of nine fishermen in a storm off Balephuil in 1856. Thirty-nine men set off fishing in six boats but were overtaken by a gale. Thirty out of thirty-three men survived in three boats that made it to Islay. All six were lost from one boat that came ashore on Coll.

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Photograph of Duncan MacLean, W.Hynish and his sisters, ca 1900

Sepia photograph from a postcard of Duncan MacLean (a` Chiobair), W.Hynish and his sisters Peigi and Jessie, outside `The Shepherd`s Cottage`, Hynish, ca 1900. L-R: Sine Chaluim Bhàin, Peigi a` Chiobair, Jessie, Duncan MacLean (a` Choibair). Sine looked after Jessie who developed dementia. Another of Duncan`s sisters lived in Islay and was there when one of the boats from Fuadach Bhaile Phuill was blown to Islay. Duncan himself had advised them not to go out that morning. The house was enlarged in 1936. It is in W. Hynish (na Cùiltean) and dates from when E & W Hynish was in one farm under the Factor`s brother (MacQuarrie). (Large printed copy and information stored in filing cabinet 9 drawer 3)