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Copy of a handwritten letter, dated 14 June 1906, from Lachlan (a’ Mharsanta / the merchant) McLean (1836-1921), Kenovay, to his son-in-law Hector McLean (and wife Christina) on the birth of their daughter, Mary McLean. Part of a large collection of items belonging to and about Donald Archibald McLean, Kenovay (1890-1981), and his family.

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Softback book ‘Hebridean Heroines: Twentieth Century Queen’s Nurses (1940s – 1970s)’ by Catherine M. Morrison, 2017.

Provides insight into the lives of women from the Western Isles who worked as district nurses in the mid-twentieth century. Here they describe in their own words their everyday lives; working long hours and always available when called, regardless of hour, weather conditions or remoteness.


Composition “The Story of Elizabeth Crow and Murdoch McQuarie”

Composition about the life and family history of Elizabeth Crow (1860-1883) who came to live at Hynish with her lighthouse-keeper father and mother, at the age of 15. In 1880, she had an illegitimate daughter by Murdoch McQuarie, the eldest son of Lachlan McQuarie, tacksman of Hynish Farm. The McQuarie family would not allow their son to marry Elizabeth. Written by her great niece in 2011.


Black and white photograph of William H. MacPhail and Flora MacKinnon nee MacLean in 1943.

Flora MacKinnon nee MacLean of Balevullin as a baby in Glasgow in 1943 with Flight Lieutenant William H. MacPhail of the Canadian Air Force. He was born 11/8/1919 in Fullarton Township, Perth County, Ontario and died 13/1/1945 at Lille in France.



Audio cassette recording of Ishbel MacArthur of Barrapol talking to Maggie Campbell in March 2001.

Ishbel MacArthur of Barrapol talks to Maggie Campbell in March 2001 about childbirth and childcare, the comparison between bringing up her five children in the 1960s and 1970s and the easier methods of today, e.g. car seats, baby alarms and walkers, playgroups, disposable nappies and baby clinics; Ishbel also talks about her schooldays in Balemartine. Tha Iseabail Nic Artair a Goirtean Dhòmhnaill a’ bruidhinn ri Magaidh Chaimbeul ann an Mart 2001 mu aisead agus cùram cloinne, an t-eadar dhealachadh air a bhi togail còignear de theaghlaich eadar 1960 agus 1980, ’s ach na dòighean furasda ’s na laithean an diugh, cathairean carbad, sanas naoidhean agus taic coisiche, cròileaganan, foichein pàipear, leighis-lann naoidhean; tha Iseabail a’ bruidhinn cuideachd mu a laithean sgoile ann am Baile Mhàrtainn.


Black and white photgraph of the 1986/7 baby boom.

The Tiree `baby boom` photographed at the Lodge Hotel in 1987. L-R: (front row) Alain, Fiona Campbell’s son; Ross MacLennan, Scarinish; David, June Hunter’s son; Jamie, Sandra MacLeod’s son; Laura and Helen Boyd, Cornaig, the vets’ daughters; Alison, Jennifer Skene’s daughter; Christine, Ailidh Cameron’s daughter; Iain, Fiona MacInnes’ son; Iain, Josie Brown’s son; (middle row) Ann MacKinnon Hillcrest and Kenneth; Fiona Campbell, Kilmoluaig and Ailidh; Marion Findlater, Scarinish and Andrew; Ailidh Cameron, Balevullin and Sèonaid; Tish MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig and Lynn; Margaret MacKinnon and Jennifer; Josie Brown, Cornaigbeg and Colin; Lena Munn, Crossapol and Amanda; Catriona MacLean, Kilmoluaig and Johann; (back) Jean MacGowan, Heylipol and Daniel; June Hunter, Cornaig; Sandra McLeod, Hynish; Jennifer Skene, Balemartine and Gordon; Jill Latham, Baugh and Abigail; Judith Boyd (vet) and Matthew; Clare Jones, Baugh and Michael; Monica Smith, Hynish and Graham; Fiona MacInnes, Ruaig and Frazer; Jean MacKay, Balemartine and Donald Roddy; Ann Gillespie, Crossapol, Christopher and nephew John Campbell; Joyce Gillespie, Balinoe and Martin.