Hardback book ‘Lord Clive’, 1901, composed from essays by MacAulay about the life of Lord Robert Clive (b. 1725), founder of the British empire in India in the 1700s. On the inside front cover is handwritten ‘This book belongs to Mr John Brown, The Sliabh, Balephuil, Tiree’ and stamped with his name next to ‘Balemartine P Sch’.
Extensive account of the genealogy, life and career of Captain James Campbell, Balemartine (1900-1978), by Noni Brown, Australia, 2020. James Campbell left Tiree at 15 years old and worked on ships around the world before settling in Australia where he worked his way up the ranks of the Australian Coastal Shipping Companies. His parents were Neil and Isabel Campbell, Balemartine. The account includes photos, family histories and compositions.
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Thirty-eight colour slides of scenes of Tiree photographed by Harry Rutter, Balemartine, in the late 1950s-1960s. Harry planned to make postcards of the images for sale from his shop in Balemartine. Scenes include beaches, townships, Tiree Pipe Band, cattle show and the airport.
Black & white photograph of ‘Taigh Fionaghall’, Balemartine, with “Aunt Margaret” at the door, in the summer of 1934. Note that since 1924, the thatched roof has been replaced with tarred felt.
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(?).
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Information about Archibald MacKinnon, Balephuil & Mull (1824-1886) and Colin MacDonald, Balephuil & Glasgow (1856-1927). Colin MacDonald’s father (also Colin) died in the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856, just before he was born. Colin Jnr trained as a doctor then returned to Tiree to start a practice at Balemartine in 1909. Colin’s wife Jessie Maggie MacKinnon was Archibald MacKinnon’s daughter. Archibald MacKinnon survived the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856.
“Around 1909, a second doctor had come to the island, Dr Colin MacDonald (an Dotair Domhnallach), whose first wife was related to Helen Kennedy (Eilidh bheag, Balevullin), set up a rival practice in Balemartine … but it is unlikely the island could support two doctors and left after a few years to go to Bunessan” [on Mull]. Extract from ‘Water from the Seventh Wave – a history of Tiree’s healers’ by John Holliday.
Tiree Memories calendar 2018, produced by Alec Walker, Edinburgh. Photographs include the ‘Mary Stewart’ in Scarinish Harbour ca 1940, Cornaig Mill ca 1935, sheep shearing in Scarinish ca 1935, Balemartine from Cnoc Mor, Christina MacDonald (Curstaidh) at her spinning wheel, the Fever Hospital at Heanish ca 1945, MacDonald’s Store in Scarinish ca 1945, Scarinish from the air ca 1955, Ruaig hay stooks ca 1955, Mona MacDonald outside her shop in Scarinish, the Lodge Hotel ca 1955, Gott pier and ferry ca 1935, Duncan MacLean and his sisters outside The Shepherd’s Cottage in West Hynish ca 1900.