Associated People: MacKinnon, Captain John C., Vaul (1898 - 1972)


Audio cassette recording of Meena Knapman of Kenovay talking to Dr John Holliday in September 1998.

Meena Knapman of Kenovay talks to Dr John Holliday in September 1998 about her early holidays on Tiree in the late 1920s and 1930s staying at Heanish then Vaul, the people in Vaul, the journey to Tiree from Glasgow and transport on Tiree, the funeral of John Brown from the Scarinish Hotel, Commander Dewar of Vaul, things to do on holiday in Tiree, shops and dances, Malcolm MacLean of Salum, the airport before WWII, memories of people and places, lighthouses seen from Tiree and Captain John MacKinnon of Vaul.


The wedding of Captain John MacKinnon and Elizabeth Lamont

Photograph of the wedding of Captain John MacKinnon of Vaul and Elizabeth Lamont in Glasgow in the 1930s.


Courtesy of Mrs Anneen Black

Captain John MacKinnon (Teònaidh Dhòmhnaill Bhig) of Vaul, one of MacBrayne’s legendary captains, worked for many years as master of the ‘Lochearn’ and ‘Claymore’ on the Oban-Tobermory-Coll-Tiree-Castlebay-Lochboisdale run.

In January 1953 a ferocious gale swept across Scotland causing the tragic loss of the Stranraer to Larne ferry. The ‘Lochearn’, however, under the command of Captain MacKinnon made safe passage from Castlebay to Oban.

He married Elizabeth Lamont (Lìosaidh Bhàn) of Ruaig in the 1930s, and the couple had one daughter. Captain MacKinnon was awarded the MBE in 1957 and died in 1975. He was well known for his kindness to passengers and is remembered with affection and respect.

Black and white photograph of the wedding of Captain John MacKinnon and Lizzie MacDonald in the 1930s.

The wedding of Captain John MacKinnon (Teonaidh Dhomhnaill Bhig) from Vaul and Lizzie Lamont MacDonald in the 1930s. John was Commodore of the MacBrayne fleet before he retired.