Digital copy of ‘The Early Years’, an autobiography by Captain Kenneth Norman MacKenzie, Baugh (1897-1951), Master of the ‘Discovery‘. Written during 1949-1951, Kenneth writes of his life on Tiree as a boy and his eventful career at sea. Includes an addendum written in 2018 by his son, Malcolm MacKenzie. The full text is available from An Iodhlann in pdf format.
Photocopies of (1) a cartoon and photographs from an Australian newspaper, 1930, featuring Captain Kenneth Norman MacKenzie (1897-1951), Master of the ‘Discovery’, and his crew depicted as penguins, (2) newspaper articles about the voyage of the ‘Discovery’, and (3) a family tree showing connections between Kenneth MacKenzie and MacFarlanes of Balinoe, MacKinnons of Vaul and MacKinnons of Balephetrish. Kenneth’s great-great-grandfather was William MacFarlane (1777-1863), tenant at Balinoe.
Click here to view 2020.40.1
Birth and death certificates for Murdoch MacKinnon (1875-1906), Balinoe. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). Murdoch became a policeman and moved to South Africa with his brother Donald MacKinnon, also a policeman, in around 1903-06. Murdoch died in Cape Town, aged 31.
Click here to view death certificate
Colour photograph of the gravestone of Murdoch MacKinnon (1875-1906), Balinoe, in a graveyard in South Africa. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). Murdoch became a policeman and moved to South Africa with his brother Donald MacKinnon, also a policeman, in around 1903-06. Murdoch died in Cape Town, aged 31.
Black & white photograph of Donald MacKinnon (1872-1945), Balinoe, with his wife Annie MacKinnon and son Donald Roderick MacKinnon in around 1912. Donald’s parents were Roderick MacKinnon (1833-1879) and Marion Brown (1840-1924). He left Tiree in around the late 1890s and worked as a police constable in Glasgow. He married Annie MacLeod in June 1902 and they had a daughter, Isabella MacKinnon, who was born in Glasgow on 30 March 1903. Sometime between 1903 and 1906 the family emigrated to South Africa where Donald and his brother, Murdoch MacKinnon, worked as policemen. There, Donald and Annie had another two children: Joan and Marion. Donald died in South Africa in 1945 (death certificate).
Large black & white studio photograph of an unidentified young woman in around the late 1800s.
The portrait was donated by the aunt (by marriage) of Denis Garnham, who came to Tiree in the late 1950s to work on OS surveys, and then at the bank. The portrait hung in a Nissan hut at Balinoe in which Denis lived while on Tiree, and he took it with him when he left the island. Denis referred to the picture as “the little old lady of Balinoe”, and he took it all over Scotland with him.
We have tried to find out who she is and why she meant so much to Denis, but these remain a mystery. If you have any ideas, we would love to hear from you.
The photograph was originally mounted on canvas in a large ornate wood and gilt frame, which had to be removed due to its poor condition.
Copies of documents and correspondence between An Iodhlann’s genealogist Flo Straker and Kathryn McKinnon Berthold regarding the descendants of Murdoch Campbell, Balinoe (b. ca 1725). Names include Duncan Campbell, Balephuil (1853-1932) and his wife Janet Black (d. 1930); Hector Campbell (b. 1778); John Black (1820-1876); Murdoch Campbell, Balinoe (1805-1876); Alexander Campbell & Cath McDonald; Catherine McMillan, Kenovay.
Information about the MacFarlanes of Balinoe and Elgin, 1858-1876, including the (1) marriage certificate for Rev James MacFarlane, Balinoe, and Isabella Farquharson, Cornaig, on Tiree in 1858, (2) death certificate for Isabella MacFarlane in Elgin in 1865, (3) 1871 Elgin census record listing James MacFarlane, (4) death certificate for James MacFarlane, 1876. Includes additional family history information emailed by the donor.
After their marriage in 1858, the MacFarlanes moved to Elgin where James took up the position of Baptist Minister. When Isabella died, aged only 34 years, she left three children: Archibald (b. ca 1860), Margaret (b. ca 1861) and Mary. In the 1871 census, Mary is living in Oban with her mother’s sister, Eliza. It is presumed that Mary stayed with the Whytes in Oban and that she is the ‘other Mary’ referred to in Duncan MacGregor Whyte’s letters to his wife Mary Bernard when he was in Australia. The Whytes were artists who built The Studio in Balephuil.
Tiree Parish Newsletter for the year ending December 1966, by the Rev W J MacLeod, with news about the church buildings and activities, and Kirk Session financial statement.
Click here to view 2018.96.1