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Small piece of slate pencil like those used in schools from a collection of around 200 bronze objects found by amateur archaeologist George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43, when he served at RAF Tiree during WWII. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow University and David Caldwell, retired Keeper of Medieval Department at the National Museum of Scotland during a visit to An Iodhlann on 29th April 2016.



Notes regarding audio recordings made on Tiree in 1972 and 1974

Two folders of handwritten notes made by Eric Cregeen while he was recording Tiree people speaking onto cassette tape during 1972 and 1974, plus a map of Balephuil, Balinoe and Barrapol annotated with the names of people living in each house. People recorded in notes: Donald Sinclair, Hector Kennedy – Balephuil, John Brown – Balephuil, John MacLean – Kilmoluaig, John MacLean – Cornaigbeg. Subjects covered include ancestry, Gaelic prose and songs, people living nearby, second sight, place names, shebeens, building construction, poverty, weather, schools, food, shops, water supplies, emigrants, rents, skeleton, confrontations, ferries and ships, literacy, crofts, Pairc na Coille, wars, Land Leagues, churches, illnesses.


Jade/onyx signature blotter

Short-handled roller made of green jade, or onxy, and brass for rolling across blotting paper that has been placed over a signature. It was probably once part of a writing set. Originally on display as a mystery object (roller for screenprinting; smoothing hand-made paper; polish starched shirt collars; Chinese face massager) and identified by the senior photographer of Bonhams Auctioneers, Edinburgh.


Collection of hand-written school work by Elsie MacKinnon, Kirkapol, 1929/30

Photocopied sheets of hand-written school work by Elsie MacKinnon, Kirkapol, whilst at Ruaig School in 1929/30. Includes seven poems, three songs, hatching details of chicks at Lodge Farm, Kirkapol, proverbs, synonyms, algebra and geometry. Paper and pencils were given to children in Elsie`s last year of school (1930), replacing slates and chalk.