Photographs Of Dr Calum Bartlett: 1970 – Barra, The Outer Hebrides.

I previously posted my father’s photographs of Barra from 1969 (and a little background story). This series will continue to 1976.

1970 looks like it was an absolutely fantastic summer. My Northern Irish cousins, Aunties and Uncles were there. So too were my Dad’s cousins’ Aunt Eileen and Dolina. It also involved a boat trip to Mingulay, which I’ll post separately.

Here’s a family picnic at one of the many glorious beaches on BarraTangusdale. My Mum sitting in-between two of her sisters, Sheila and Josephine.

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My Uncle Dougie enjoying a quiet moment, sitting next to the Irish Ritchie sisters!

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One of my favourite photos. Myself, my brother Tom and our Mum.


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The rocks on the right form the face of Queen Victoria…..!

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This is one of the cottages my Dad had renovated to become Hebridean Cottage Holidays. This is at Leanish. I don’t know if it’s ready to be lived in yet. My brother Michael says he remembers working on it in Easter 1969. That’s all of my siblings but no me I think, looking ready for some sort of adventure!

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My cousin Dolina.

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Dolina and her mother, my Dad’s cousin, Aunt Eileen.

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Me, my brother Sam, sister Catriona and cousin Paula on a trip to one of the small islands off Barra – Eriskay.

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My mother’s sisters Josephine and Sheila.

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This house is Taigh a’Ghobha just outside Balivanich in Benbecula and the old ladies are cousins – Efife Macmillan and her sister Joanne. This was the first house my Dad stayed in in the Hebrides and both he and my Auntie Catriona cited being carried to the door in a howling gale as their earliest memories!

Sept 1970 Josephine, Eileen MacMillan sisters, Taigh A'ghobhaimg 169

This is another of my Dad’s cottages – Ault at Ersary.

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This rock will forever be known as ‘Dolina’s Rock‘ after she used to sit and play guitar on it. My brother Tom and myself would love sitting there with her, listening and joining in!

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Uncles Bill and Dougie, my mother’s brothers-in-law.

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To see the photos from 1969 click here

To see Mingulay 1970 click here


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