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Hardback book ‘Dr Elsie Inglis’, ca. 1920, a biography written by Lady Frances Balfour, the sister of the Duke of Argyll, and owned by Katie MacKinnon, Lodge Farm, Kirkapol. Inscribed inside is “To John, in memory of Elsie MacKinnon, Kirkapol”. Dr Inglis herself (1864-1917) did not have any links to Tiree. Chapters of the book include her ancestry, studies, London and Dublin, politics, faith, war and Scottish women, Serbia and Russia, covering the period 1740-1917. She died from a severe illness shortly after arriving back in Britain.


Women`s Voluntary Service badge from WWII

Silver square pin badge with red-embossed crown and “W.V.S Civil Defence”. It was worn by a relative of the Campbells of Cornaigbeg, while she was serving in the Women`s Voluntary Service on Tiree during World War 2. The WVS was set up to help local communities prepare for potential air attacks, but was also involved in the evacuation of children from cities, and the distribution of clothing and food to returning soldiers and the war-affected.


Tiree in 100 Objects – 58 – WVS badge

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects


Cover pages of booklets issued to bank staff on Tiree in the 1960s and 1970s

Photocopies of the cover pages of four booklets issued to staff of the Tiree branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland (formerly the National and Commercial Bank of Scotland): (1) `Careers for Girls` and `Your Bank Account` by RBS, and (2) `On the Cash – a practical guide for tellers` and `Organising the Work of a Branch ` an introduction` by NC.


Scale of salaries for staff of the Royal Bank of Scotland, 1970

Photocopy of a scale of salaries for staff working at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Tiree from April 1970. There are three scales for `Male` staff (A-C) and one scale for `Female`. The femal scale is equal to band A (the lowest scale for men) until age 22, when it falls behind by increasing amounts as the female gets older.


Photograph of a group at the harvest, ca 1940.

Black & white photograph of a man, two women and a dog, next to a horse and cart during harvest around 1940. On the reverse of the photo: “Miss Margaret MacNeill, Croft View, Balephuil, Tiree”. From a collection of photographs from the house of Ellen Kennedy (nee Eilidh MacNeil), Balevullin.