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Colour photograph of children and teacher at Heylipol School in around 1965/66. L-R top: Gordon Bucher, William Weston, Duncan McLean. L-R middle: Betty Weston, Dollaidh Cameron (teacher), Anne Sinclair, Anne MacArthur, Lorelei MacLennan (the factor’s daughter), June Weston, Janet MacArthur, Effie Mackinnon. L-R front: Christine Mackinnon, Ian Mackinnon, Anne Bucher, Charles Bucher, Richard Maxwell, Christine Maxwell.


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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Admission Register for pupils attending Heylipol School from 1941 to 1974, giving date of admission, pupils’ full name and date of birth, name of parent or guardian, relationship, address, name of last school, date of leaving, and cause of leaving or where gone. Birth dates range from 1926 to 1970. Lists the previous schools of 85 boarded-out children. Includes 11 separate daily registers for years ending July 1969-75 recorded by teacher Doilidh B Cameron, containing miscellaneous notes and papers.


Photograph of a memorial plaque erected on the wall of Kirkapol Cemetery  by the family of Elizabeth Devlin, Australia, in 2015, whose family had Ruaig MacLean ancestory. The people named on the plaque are believed to be related to Donald (The Pilot) MacLean, Ruaig (b. 1727) from the branch of Charles MacLean and Ann MacLeod. Elizabeth Devlin (Leezie Barr) was a foster child of Alexander MacLean and Ann MacLeod who had four children of their own: Mary Ann, Hector and Donald.



Softback book ‘Eilean Uaine Thiriodh / The Green Isle of Tiree’ by Margaret Bennett and Eric Rose, 2014. Signed “Presented to An Iodhalnn by Ethel MacCallum, May 2015”, it is a biography of Ethel MacCallum who, in 1942, was evacuated from an orphanage in Glasgow to the Island of Tiree. She became fluent in Gaelic and, with her natural gift for music and song, was encouraged to write her own compositions. The book includes some of her original work on a CD.


Autobiography by Ethel McCallum, 2006

Unbound photocopy of autobiography `Who Knows?` by Ethel MacCallum (nee Woods; b. 1937). Ethel was born in Glasgow. Her unmarried mother left her in a children`s home in Glasgow, from where she was boarded out to a family in Aberdeenshire at the age of 9 months. At 5 years old, she was returned to the home in Glasgow. When the bombs started falling during WWII, she and other children were boarded out to Tiree families in 1943. She was given a safe and loving home by `Aunt` Kate and `Uncle` Hugh Lamont who ran a post office, and went to school at Ruaig. Moved to the mainland after she married Archie McCallum. Her son Duncan has a house on Tiree.


Photograph of Mrs & Mrs MacNeill, Balevullin, or Mr & Mrs Bald, Balephuil, ca 1920.

Black & white photograph of either the parents of Ellen Kennedy (nee Eilidh MacNeill), Balevullin, or the foster parents (Bald) of Nan MacClounnan, Balephuil. Original stored in 2014.5.1 filing cabinet 10 drawer 1.