Associated People: MacKinnon, Mr Lachlan, Balephetrish


Photograph of Lachie MacLean, Druimfraoich, and Lachie MacKinnon, Parkhouse, making a corn stack in 1987

Colour photograph of Lachie MacLean, Druimfraoich, Kenovay, and Lachie MacKinnon, Parkhouse, Balephetrish, building a corn stack in Kenovay in Oct. 1987. Lachie MacLean is on top of the stack. (Original stored in filing cabinet 9 drawer 4)



Leaflet produced by Tiree High School about a film made for a BBC competetion ca. 1985

Leaflet produced by Tiree High School “Notes on the making of `Our island, its ever changing face`”, a film made by secondary school pupils for a BBC Focus/Multibroadcast Video Competition in February 1985 (? – exact year unknown). Despite several setbacks, they achieved 2nd place in a national field of 5000 entries.


The baptism of Christine MacDonald at Balephuil in the 1960s

Photograph of the baptism of Christine MacDonald at Balephuil in the 1960s


Courtesy of Mr Donald MacKinnon

The Reverend Cowie is pictured here around 1963 baptising Christine MacDonald in Abhainn Bhì, attended by lay preacher, Lachlan MacKinnon. The stream, named after a Columban saint Mo Bhì, has long been associated with Christianity.

For over a hundred years until the 1940s, the Baptist Church was very influential in Tiree and its buildings frequently filled to capacity. In 1874 its membership peaked at a hundred and sixty. By the late 1980s it had fallen to under ten; today there are around a dozen.

There are two small Baptist churches on the island at Balemartine and Baugh. Only the Balemartine one is still in use and Sunday services attract over thirty worshippers.

Black and white photograph of a baptism at Balephuil.

Baptist minister Rev Cowie baptising Teen MacDonald in the burn at Balephuill, with Lachie MacKinnon, Parkhouse in attendance, around 1963-4.


Audio cassette recording of Lachie MacKinnon, Parkhouse, interviewed by Maggie Campbell on 18/1/2000.

Lachie MacKinnon talks to Maggie Campbell about the division of Balephetrish farm into crofts for the men returning from World War I and various other houses in the township, growing bulbs for sale, crofting today compared with when he was young and the changes in social behaviour.