Black & white photograph of (L-R) Alex MacPhail, Chrissie MacPhail (nee MacFadyen) and Florence MacPhail, outside Neil MacPhail’s house at Kirkapol in the 1980s. Alex was Neil’s cousin who lived in Vista, Manitoba with his wife Florence. The house was built around 1900 by Donald MacPhail.
Photograph of a letter from 10 Downing Street to Neil MacPhail, Kirkapol, stating that the Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, has it in mind to add Neil’s name to the New Year Honour’s list. Dated November 1979. Neil was awarded an MBE in 1980.
Black & white photograph of (L-R) Chrissie MacPhail (nee MacFadyen), Neil MacPhail, Kirkapol, and their daughter Mairi Griffith (nee MacPhail), at Buckingham Palace in 1980 on the occasion of Neil receiving an MBE for his services as Registrar.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted An Iodhlann £10,000 to organise the excavation of what is thought to be a Bronze Age, or even Viking, grave at Kirkapol. The excavation will be led by professional archaeologists who will be looking for assistance from local volunteers. Watch this space for more information…
Academic paper ‘Beyond the Parish Church: a study of chapels in the parishes of Kirkapol on Tiree and Snizort on Skye’ by Sarah Thomas, 2015. Identification of different chapel types and the implications for understanding medieval religious devotions, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of religious practice in the late medieval Hebrides.
Notes titled ‘A Tyrannical and Tiresome Tirade on Tiree by a Tired Retiree’ on the Medieval history and archaeology of Tiree by David Caldwell, casting doubt on the popular view that Tiree (along with Mull and Islay) was ruled by Somerled and his descendents to the exclusion of the dynasty of kings. David Caldwell, retired Keeper of Medieval Department at the National Museum of Scotland, gave a talk on the subject during a visit to Tiree in April 2016.