Black & white photograph of (back row, L-R) Rev Duncan MacFarlane (1822-1908) and his wife Catherine MacFarlane (nee MacLachlan, 1824-1905), with two of their children Dugald and Anne, on the event of their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 1903. Duncan and Catherine were both born on Tiree, but married in Tobermory, Mull, where their seven children were born. Duncan returned to Tiree to replace his deceased brother as Baptist minister, the family living in Baugh Manse. Rev Dr Dugald MacFarlane (1869-1956), became Moderator of the Church of Scotland during 1937-1938.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 452, 09/10/2009
Local news: school children visit the Tobermory lifeboat at Scarinish; community windturbine update; Will Wright completes Big Ben Nevis triathlon; Lunch Club to continue; advice on flu vaccinations; An Talla news; TRD applies for funding for cinema at aution mart; forthcoming Tiree Wave Classic; letters to the editor – bad house-building practices; announcement of public meeting regarding management of increasing numbers of campervans and caravans; swine flu on the increase; Michael Holliday announces Tiree house design surgeries; review of Crofting Reform bill; RSPB news by John Bowler.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 451, 25/09/2009
Local news: Skerryvore perform in China and win A&B’s Young Entrepeneur of the Year; Alan Reid MP visits Tiree; An Iodhlann’s ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’ – Tiree at war; Lunch Club remembers 1930s Tiree; new social worker for Tigh a’ Rudha; report of Strathclyde fire chief’s visit; policing Tiree Wave Classic; Tiree-Islay exchange; report of SWRI meeting; forthcoming visit by Tobermory lifeboat; school news – fundraising for Mod trip, healthy eating week, new rugby club; letters to the editor – damage to machair at Caoles; volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels; community Powerdown project – solar hot water; poem about wind power by Nik Rawson; sheep sale results; forthcoming boat restoration course.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 449, 28/08/2009
Local news: MSP for Children and Early Years visit; results of the lamb sale; An Iodhlann’s new place names project by Iona Brown; Tiree competitors at Mull half marathon; dates for forthcoming Tiree Wave Classic; community windturbine works progress; Girl Guides reunion on Tiree in 2010; Canadian funders assist An Iodhlann’s genealogy records; Windsurf Club update; information about Tiree High School gala day.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 448, 14/08/2009
Local news: Agricultural Show results; Tiree Regatta results; Tiree architecture exhibition report; Feis Thiriodh 2009 report; request for new members of Tiree Rural Development; An Iodhlann’s article ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’ about schools and staff; new recycling and refuse collection scheme – Tiree Environment and Recycling (TEAR); poem about Tiree by Joseph Thompson; news about the ferry service’s Road Equivalent Tariff (RET); PC Danny Lapsley receives Queen’s Police Medal at Holyrood; Stramash dinghy sailing courses schedule; notice about start of groundworks for the community turbine; RSPB news; new leaflet for responsible visitors; community Powerdown information about low-energy light bulbs; QMS Scottish Sheep Strategy Group open night and demonstration at Heylipol Farm; Mull Theatre play.
Black & white photograph of Isabella MacPhail (nee MacLean) of Mull sitting outside her home at Clachan in the 1930s. Isabella was the mother of Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Clachan and Glasgow (1889-1961).
Information about Archibald MacKinnon, Balephuil & Mull (1824-1886) and Colin MacDonald, Balephuil & Glasgow (1856-1927). Colin MacDonald’s father (also Colin) died in the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856, just before he was born. Colin Jnr trained as a doctor then returned to Tiree to start a practice at Balemartine in 1909. Colin’s wife Jessie Maggie MacKinnon was Archibald MacKinnon’s daughter. Archibald MacKinnon survived the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856.
“Around 1909, a second doctor had come to the island, Dr Colin MacDonald (an Dotair Domhnallach), whose first wife was related to Helen Kennedy (Eilidh bheag, Balevullin), set up a rival practice in Balemartine … but it is unlikely the island could support two doctors and left after a few years to go to Bunessan” [on Mull]. Extract from ‘Water from the Seventh Wave – a history of Tiree’s healers’ by John Holliday.
The Scots Magazine, June 1965, with an article about Tiree and its people ‘Island of Prosperous Crofters’ by Campbell K Finlay. Includes photographs of Scarinish Harbour: A D Brown, Tobermory (merchant to Tiree); Margaret Brown, Vaul; Malcolm M MacLean, Salum; A H MacPhail, Clachan; A G H Bruton, Lodge Hotel; Travee; coastal cliffs; croft house, Scarinish; Parkhouse, Balephetrish; L J MacFadyen, Kenovay; J L MacInnes, Salum; W MacPhee, gamekeeper; Balephetrish road. Also mentioned in text: Walter Hume, the Reef & An Fhaodhail, primary schools, boarded-out children, island house, sheep, bulb-growing, cottars, income, crofters’ war, snipe shooting, tourism, fishing.
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Programme of the Mull Highland Games, 1956, with Tiree competitors Iain C MacDonald, Dancing (pg 4), and Duncan MacInnes, Ruaig, Light Events (pg 9).
Softback booklet ‘MacLeans – A Biographical Dictionary of Mull People Mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries’, compiled by Jo Currie, 2002. Includes a section on page 34 about Donald MacLean (McLean; b. 1815) MD, son of the Rev Neil MacLean, minister of Tiree, who was in turn the son of Donald MacLean, minister of the Small Isles.