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.
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.
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.
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.
Local news: article about whether Tiree’s health service is prepared for an outbreak of Swine Flu; Gordon Scott’s ‘Himalayan Odyssey’; An Iodhlann’s ‘Sheaves from the Stackyard’; cruise ship visit to Tiree; Alec MacLean’s poem ‘Na Muileann Gaoithe‘; Tiree 10K; reporter’s notes about Ian Sharp’s continuing illness and a light aircraft belonging to a Belgian couple who have bought a house on the island; SWRI news; fundraising for the Pre-5 school garden; advert for an Agri-plastic recycling service; A&B councillor’s report on the condition of Argyll’s roads; John Bowler’s RSPB news; AGM of Tiree Community Development Trust.
Genealogical information about the descendants and ancestors of Hector MacKinnon, Vaul (1801-1864), and his wife Margaret MacKinnon, Balephuil, who emigrated to Australia with their four children in 1853. They were living in Balephuil in 1841 before moving to Barra in the mid-1840s, where their fourth child was born. By 1851, the family were living at Petty in Invernesshire. They sailed for Australia from Inverness on board the ‘Bloomer’ in 1853. Includes emailed correspondence regarding links to distant relatives living on Tiree in 2018: MacFadyen, Scarinish; MacKinnon, Balemartine; Cameron, Kirkapol(?).
Small hard-backed book ‘Tide and Speed Tables’, 1915, produced by Murray, McVinnie & Co. Ltd., Naval Stores, Mavisbank Quay, Glasgow. Includes illustrations and definitions of ships’ communications flags, semaphore flags, port charges, electrical terms. On the back page are hand-written notes by, or relating to, Hector MacKinnon and Donald MacK[innon]. From the belongings of the Lamont/MacKenzie family of The Harbour, Caoles.
Softback book ‘Tramp Steamers at War’ by George Gunn, 1999, recalling his days at sea as a young seaman during 1941-1945. He served on the steam ship ‘Baron Forbes’, under the command of “the legendary” Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Tiree (pp 81-86).