Black & white photograph of Graeme MacKinnon (1921-2000), grandson of Archibald MacKinnon, Vaul, who emigrated to Australia in 1876. Graeme became an Antarctic explorer and geographer responsible for mapping Antarctica. McKinnon Island and McKinnon Glacier in the Antarctic are named after him.
Black & white photograph of Archibald McKinnon, Vaul (1844-1902) and his wife Elizabeth (Betsy) Cowling in around 1880. Archibald emigrated to Sydney, Australia, as a ship’s carpenter aboard the ‘City of Grafton’ paddle steamer in 1876. He and Elizabeth married the following year.
Family history of the descendants of Archibald McKinnon, Vaul (1844-1902), who emigrated to Sydney, Australia, as a ship’s carpenter aboard the ‘City of Grafton’ paddle steamer in 1876. Archibald married Elizabeth (Betsy) Cowling in 1877, and had 8 children: Malcolm MacKinnon, Archibald John MacKinnon, Donald MacKinnon, Thomas Leslie MacKinnon, Ebeneezer Neil MacKinnon, Joseph Stanley MacKinnon, Alexander Douglas MacKinnon and Hugh Hector MacKinnon. Thomas’s son, Graeme MacKinnon (1921-2000,) became an Antarctic explorer and geographer responsible for mapping Antarctica. McKinnon Island and McKinnon Glacier in the Antarctic are named after him.
Includes photographs, letters, certificates and other documents compiled by Nicole Lesley McKinnon, Australia.
Softback book ‘Shore Lines – word pictures from an island’ by Donald E Meek, 2019. A collection of verse in English composed by Donald Meek, Caoles, about his life on Tiree from the 1950s to the present. Signed by Donald for An Iodhlann.
Photocopy of a black & white photograph of Captain Kenneth MacKenzie (1897-1951), Chief Officer aboard the famous Antarctic research vessel ‘Discovery‘. Kenneth was appointed Chief Officer/First Mate of the Discovery for the first British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) in 1929. In 1930, he was promoted to Captain for the second BANZARE expedition. Kenneth (Coinneach a` Mhinisdair) was the grandson of Rev Duncan MacFarlane, Baptist minister at Baugh. Kenneth’s mother, Catherine MacFarlane married Duncan MacKenzie of Inverary.
Photograph of a painting of a sailing ship found in Rhum View, Vaul, and presumably belonging to Catriona MacKinnon who once lived there. Paintings like these were often painted by members of the crew and the sails signed by all in the crew (but not in this case). It is assumed that the painter or a crew member was linked to Rhum View.
The photograph includes notes made by Angus MacLean, Scarinish, in 1994, on the types of masts and sails, and an annotated sketch of the ship giving the names of the various sails.
Copies of the Royal Navy service record, death certificate and list of medals awarded to John Barnard Norton (Bunty) Whyte (1909-1942), son of Balephuil/Oban artists Duncan MacGregor Whyte and Mary Barnard Whyte, who was killed during an air raid on Southampton during WW2. The material includes correspondence from Navy Command to the donor.
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Scanned copy of a telegram sent by Captain John Brown (1902-1986), Balevullin, to his parents in Cornaig, after being shipwrecked on Tuskar Rock off the east coast of Ireland in 1927. Includes a page of background information. John Brown was 25 years old at the time and could not swim.
He met his future wife when his ship, the Baron Belhaven, was being repaired in Barry Docks (west of Cardiff) in 1941. A bomb had dropped down the funnel when sailing in convoy out of Liverpool during WW2.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 444, 12/06/2009
Local news: Tiree Community Development’s Open Day challenges; island weddings (Sian & Adam Milne, Lisa & Ali, Eilidh & Martin Hendry); visit by Waverley Paddle Steamer; A&B councillor’s ‘CalMac chaos?’; TRD’s new Powerdown Officer, Frances Woodhead; Tiree Open golf competition; An Iodhlann’s ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’; letters to the editor – fire service, inconsiderate road users; Community Powerdown project; reporter’s notes about lunch with Ian and Patricia Sharp, Tiree is no. 2 in Lonely Planet Guide; Tiree High School parent council; promotion of Gaelic language; SWRI news; an evening of Gaelic drama; Duncan MacLean’s invitation to the Queen’s garden party; Tiree Pipe Band play at 10K; John Bowler’s RSPB news; Tiree Agricultural Show preparations.
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 443, 29/05/2009
Local news: Tiree’s voluntary firefighters; Tiree 10K success; blind art exhibition to raise funds for Baugh Church re-development; Windsurfing club swim clinic; vacancy for Tiree Ranger/Access Officer; new prescription forms from Baugh surgery; acknowledgment of Prof. Donald Meek; dinghy sailing course; visit by/to Spirit of Adventure cruise ship; reporter’s notes about the exasperation of locals to visitors’ careless driving; notice of public consultation for draft Crofting Reform Bill; composting tips; letter responding to a criticism of the ‘Cows for Africa’ sponsorship drive; request for helpers for An Talla.