Tag Archives: sea-beans

2020.11.1

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.

2006.143.2

Sea bean Macuna sloanei

Sea bean, horse-eye bean – Macuna sloanei, with a letter of identification from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh dated 12.6.06 (letter in Filing Cabinet 8 drawer 4). The seed of a tropical plant carried north on the Gulf Stream and washed up on Tiree’s shore.