Typed letter from Macfarlan, Shearer and Co., Greenock, to John MacArthur, Milton, regarding the delivery of roofing felt via the ‘Dunara Castle’, dated April 1914. From a collection of items found in Milton Cottage, Caoles.
Photocopies of a series of around 80 long and detailed typed letters (one handwritten) from artist Duncan MacGregor Whyte to his wife, Mary Barnard, and his son, Tearlach, during his travels, from boarding the steamship ‘Caledonia’ in Nov. 1911, across Canada in 1912-13, sailing to Australia via Hawaii in 1913, and around Australia in 1913-1919. In the letters, DMcGW describes his journeys, the people he meets and the paintings he produces. He frequently refers to the Gaelic language and Tiree, where he built The Studio at Balephuil.
Black fabric-covered hardback booklet ‘Dead Reckoning, Altitude and Azimuth Table’, 3rd edition, by A.A. Ageton. Maritime navigational formulae produced by the United States Navy Department Hydrographic Office, 1943. Handwritten in fountain pen on the inside cover is “This Book is the Property of the Republic of Liberia”.
Tiree Memories calendar 2016, produced by Alec Walker, Edinburgh. Photographs include Hughina MacKinnon (nee MacFadyen; Hughina Eachainn Bhuidhe), 1981; Willie MacPhee and Mary T MacPhee on a motorbike in Scarinish the 1960s; MacArthur’s Store in Scarinish, 1937; a calf being led off the ferry in 1981; Am Baile Ur, Balephuil, 1955; Brown’s Store in Balemartine, 1980; Tiree Aerodrome from the air 1942; groups of crofters at the Agricultural Show at Whitehouse, 2002; Lord of the Isles ferry at the linkspan pier in 1991; sheep shearing at Parkhouse in 1980; Balemartine School children 1947; puffer ‘Anzac’ at Caoles, 1950s; Mary Stewart sailing past Coll in 1930s.
Softback book ‘Tiree to New Zealand – The extraordinary journey of Euphemia Brown’, by Dianne Dew, 2017. A detailed account of courage, determination and ultimate success of Effie Brown (nee McKellar, b. 1836), who left her home in Cornaigbeg in 1878 with her husband Duncan Brown and seven of their children to establish a farm in the remote Central Otago region of Gimmerburn in New Zealand. Researched and written by Effie’s great-grandaughter.
Softback book ‘The Crinan Canal’ by Marian Pallister, 2016.
Tells the story of the canal from its origins to the present day, discussing how it was built, who built it, how it changed life in the surrounding areas, and how it has been used. Includes Tiree content, with references to marble, emigration, drainage schemes, destitution, the potato famine, population, wages and Gaelic. (Pages 30, 66, 67, 156 & 157.)
Book extract ‘The Sea Power of the Western Isles of Scotland in the late Medieval Period’ by David Caldwell, 2015, about the struggle for domination of the isles between Somerled and the Kings of the Isles based on the Isle of Man, during the 14th and 15th centuries. Topics covered are the ships, galleys and birlinns used to patrol the islands, the extent of the island kingdom, the warriors, and the social, legal and political management of the kingdom.
Softback book ‘Correspondence from July, 1846, to February, 1847, Relating to the Measures Adopted for the Relief of the Distress in Scotland…’ Great Britain Treasury, 2012. Government correspondence about Famine Relief in the Highlands. Includes separate index listing references to Tiree.
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