Softback book ‘Seòl mo Bheatha – Turas eadar Croit is Eilean is Oilthigh‘ by Dòmhnall Eachann Meek, 2019. Autobiography in Gaelic of Donald Meek’s life on croft, island and university, from his birth in 1949 to the present day. Donald was brought up at ‘Coll View’, Caoles. Signed by Donald to An Iodhlann.
Black and white photograph of members of the MacPhail family of Clachan, Cornaigmore, at a picnic with friends at Kenavara in summer 1936. The small building in the background is thought to be an artist’s studio.
Back row (L-R): Katie McEwan (nee MacInnes) with Anne MacEwan (now MacLean), Mrs Gillanders, Callum MacPhail (father – they had hired his lorry), Mary MacLean (Granny), Mary MacLean (dressmaker), Charlie & Katie Ferguson (nee MacWalters) with Iseabal Ferguson (now Thomson), Laban (blacksmith, Cornaigbeg), Cath MacPhail.
Front row (L-R): Alasdair Campbell (married Grace MacArthur, Tullymet), Iain MacLean, Iain Campbell (married Anne MacArthur), Mairi MacPhail (Gillanders) and daughter, Sheila MacLean (dressmaker), Catriona MacLean (Lal’s morther), Susie MacLean (Malcolm’s wife), Iseabal MacWalters, Mollie Barrow (now McKenzie-Pollock), Isabel MacPhail.
Collection of photocopied photographs, newspaper cuttings and articles about members of the MacPhail family of Clachan, Cornaigmore, 1910-2015, including Captain Lachlan MacPhail. Includes photograph Z120. Other named individuals: Katie McWalters, Gillander sisters, Jimmy McEwen, Mollie Barrow (nee MacLean), Alasdair Campbell, Mary MacLean, Sheila MacLean, Susie and Malcolm MacLean, Katie McEwen, Iain MacLean, Anne McEwen, Marion MacInnes (nee MacLean), Rose McWalters, Jim McWalters, Flora MacLean, Mollie McKenzie-Pollock (nee Barrow), Annie McWalters, John MacPhail, Isabella MacLean, Ann MacPhail, Donald MacLean, Marion MacPhail – Druimbhuidhe, Baroness Ray Michie, Ishbel MacLean Clark.
Two handwritten letters dated 13th & 15th April 1906, sent by Elizabeth Ross to her mother, on the occasion of the family relocating from Edinburgh to Tiree, where her father, John Ross (1846-1925), was taking up the position of schoolmaster at Cornaigmore. The letters are written on the shipping company’s headed paper, and provide an insight into the logistics of moving to Tiree at that time.
Scanned copy of a telegram sent by Captain John Brown (1902-1986), Balevullin, to his parents in Cornaig, after being shipwrecked on Tuskar Rock off the east coast of Ireland in 1927. Includes a page of background information. John Brown was 25 years old at the time and could not swim.
He met his future wife when his ship, the Baron Belhaven, was being repaired in Barry Docks (west of Cardiff) in 1941. A bomb had dropped down the funnel when sailing in convoy out of Liverpool during WW2.
Photocopied extract ‘Island of Tiree’ from the report of the excursion of the Cambrian Archaeological Association to the Western Islands of Scotland, Orkney and Caithness in June 1899. Includes geographical and historical descriptions of the island and detailed observations of archaeological sites at Soroby, Kilbride, Ardchain, Kirkapoll, Kilchennich and Kilmoluag, plus mention of Gunna Islet.
Information and notes about a collection of photographs of the MacPhail family of Clachan, during 1930-1980. Eleven are catalogued individually under 2019.33.1 – 2019.33.12. An additional nine photographs are held on An Iodhlann’s computer.
Black & white photograph of Isabella MacPhail (nee MacLean) of Mull sitting outside her home at Clachan in the 1930s. Isabella was the mother of Captain Lachlan MacPhail, Clachan and Glasgow (1889-1961).