Iron head of a sledge hammer made in a blacksmith’s forge by welding together strips of iron (which is the reason that it is not very hard and the ends are mangled). Found in a wall in Balephetrish.
Printed copy of full text for ‘Give us more land and give it to us now – demands for new crofts and Balephetrish after World War I’ by Bob Chambers, 2018. Includes images of letters written in 1919 to the secretary of the Board of Argiculture for Scotland from Cath MacKinnon, to Sir William Sutherland, MP for Argyllshire, from Archibald MacLean, and to an authority from Hector MacLean. (held digitally in An Iodhlann)
Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 447, 24/07/2009
Local news: report on the meeting to discuss the Crofters’ Reform Bill; article about Skerryvore’s debut at ‘T in the Park’; forthcoming launch of Skippinish’s live album; Michael Holliday’s article promoting a public event exhibiting Tiree building design; interview with Operations Director of Atlantic Edge Hotels which now runs both the Scarinish and Lodge hotels; opening of new guest house ‘Rockvale’ at Balephetrish; letters to the editor about a visitor’s perspective of island culture, Angus MacPhail’s interview for the Oban Times, and a drunk driving incident; invitation from Strathclyde Police for potential Special Constables to come forward; Job Centre visit to Tiree; RSPB news; corncrake in the office; article by Alan Reid MP; community Powerdown home energy check; responsible access to Tiree’s beaches; conserving water supplies; Tiree Regatta advertisement.
Collection of 12 assorted invoices and receipts belonging to the Tiree Agricultural Society and Show Committee, 1984-1990. Includes those from Tiree Hall Committee, Archibald Brown & Son Merchants, Balemartine & Crossapol, Sruthan Stores, Crossapol, Andrew Irvine & Sons, Tighnabruaich, Balephetrish Guest House and the Lodge Hotel.
The Scots Magazine, June 1965, with an article about Tiree and its people ‘Island of Prosperous Crofters’ by Campbell K Finlay. Includes photographs of Scarinish Harbour: A D Brown, Tobermory (merchant to Tiree); Margaret Brown, Vaul; Malcolm M MacLean, Salum; A H MacPhail, Clachan; A G H Bruton, Lodge Hotel; Travee; coastal cliffs; croft house, Scarinish; Parkhouse, Balephetrish; L J MacFadyen, Kenovay; J L MacInnes, Salum; W MacPhee, gamekeeper; Balephetrish road. Also mentioned in text: Walter Hume, the Reef & An Fhaodhail, primary schools, boarded-out children, island house, sheep, bulb-growing, cottars, income, crofters’ war, snipe shooting, tourism, fishing.
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A small winkle shell used as a whistle by Mary MacKinnon, Parkhouse, Balephetrish, in about 1995.
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.
Two samples of peat washed up on Balephetrish beach in 2017, and carbon-dated at 9474 years before present (+/- 32).
Three small flint flakes found at NM 023483 on the patch from Balephetrish to the Ringing Stone: (1) near a small clearance cairn amidst broad rig cultivation – secondary flake 24 x 12 x 2mm, slight edge damage/wear on one side, possible adaptation by flake removal to make a burin, (2) in a sheep scrape in same general area but nearer the beach 28 x 13 x 10 mm, secondary flake, edge wear, also possible adaptation as a burin, (3) small flint chip – spall.