Fragment of pottery from a collection of objects found by George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey on 21/10/2016 as being late Norse ‘gritty ware’ from the east coast in the 12-13th centuries.
Fragment of grass-tempered pottery, possibly Norse, from a collection of artefacts found by George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43. Note the grass markings and the voids in the pottery produced by mixing animal dung with clay. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey 21/10/2016.
Wooden case (550 x 325 mm) containing 40 Iron Age pottery shards collected by George Holleyman from a sand-hill site at Balevullin during 1941-3.
Souvenir butter dish and milk jug from MacDonald’s shop in the 1950s. “Isle of Tiree” is painted on both. From the belongings of Angus MacLean, Scarinish.
Large craggan made on Tiree in about 1870, bearing a handwritten label from the period.
The label reads “Croggan from Tyree 1879. Specimen of native pottery. The peculiar nature of the c[roggen] is suposed to render the milk boiled in it condusive to the cure of consumption. Presented by Rev. William Ross, October“.
William Ross was one of the founder members of the Archaeological and Physical Society of Bute, a group of Victorian gentlemen who put together a collection of objects and natural history specimens from around the world, thus forming the first Bute Museum. When the museum moved premises in 1907 it was decided that the collection would concentrate on Bute alone, and the non-Bute items were distibuted. This Tiree craggan remained in the Bute Museum until it was given to An Iodhlann in April 2016. Includes a handwritten display label from the Bute Museum.
Shoebox of about 80 shards of pottery and bone, excavated by FG Hay from the small dun at the east end of Balephetrish Bay (probably An Dùn), in 1966. One pottery piece is patterned and another may be tusk.
Handmade clay pot or `craggan` found in Caoles by Angus MacLean, Scarininish, while ploughing.
Souvenir mustard pot
Round painted ceramic mustard pot and spoon in the style of a thatched house and `Isle of Tiree` painted on top. Possibly from Mona MacDonald`s shop in Scarinish.
Stoneware Dutch gin bottle, 19th century
19th century stoneware gin bottle made by Dutch company Blankenheym & Nolet. (Unidentified contents though probably the cork)