Photographs of three items belonging to the family of island factor Hugh MacDiarmid (1846-1928), who lived at Island House, Heylipol, during 1876-1928. Top: an Entada phasaeoloides ‘sea-bean’ found on the beach by the factor’s daughter, Meta MacDiarmid, and made into a pendant for her (possibly by her fiancee). Middle: brass plaque from a wooden box of silver plated cutlery presented by people of Tiree to Meta on her marriage. Bottom: a coffee or chocolate pot presented by the Duke of Argyll to Hugh MacDiarmid in 1906, probably on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Two dresses, a shoe and a necklace belonging to Alexina Mary McLean (1926-1929), daughter of Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay. The clothing was either her own, or for a doll given to her by Donald’s sister Mary and her husband Alexander Walker. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.
Black & white photograph of Viking accessories found on North Uist. The brooches were from Benbecula, Skellor and Heisker, the ring from Baleshare, and the bone button(?) from Machair Leathann. Re-photographed from Erskine Beveridge’s book ‘North Uist’ by archaeologist George Holleyman FSA when he was stationed at RAF Tiree during WWII. Scanned from one of his glass lantern slides now held at An Iodhlann (see 2017.54.4).
Medieval bronze brooch from a collection of around 200 bronze objects found by amateur archaeologist George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43, when he served at RAF Tiree during WWII. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow University and David Caldwell, retired Keeper of Medieval Department at the National Museum of Scotland during a visit to An Iodhlann on 29th April 2016.