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Clan Donald Magazine No 4 (1968) Online

Glencoe and North Lorn Folk Museum.

In Glencoe Village Hall, Mr. I. MacKay, manager of the British Aluminium factory at Kinlochleven, handed a very generous gift to the committee of the Glencoe and North Lorn Museum, on behalf of his company on 10th November 1967.

The gift comprised two magnificent aluminium and plate glass showcases to preserve the treasures on exhibit in the Glencoe museum. In making the presentation, Mr. MacKay spoke of the close association of the B.A. Company with the Glencoe area for over fifty years and, of the keen interest in the work of the museum committee in preserving the ancient crafts of the area (Oban Times 16th November 1967). It was also opened privately on the 20th June for a visit of the Canadian MacDonalds to Glencoe.

The hours of opening will be 10 to 4 daily Admission 1/-. The museum has expanded and improved since last year when over 2,000 visitors from all parts went through the cottage. New items include a splendid collection of Glengarry MacDonald weapons on loan from Mrs. Erskine Cunningham, a sixteenth century sword, and 18th century swords and pistols. We now have an interesting display of costumes, some Jacobite relics, a selection of domestic bygones and agricultural tools. We have a doll's house and dolls, so there is something for every member of the family.

Of special interest to members of Clan Donald is the family tree commissioned by Glengarry in the early 19th century and the line of descent of the Glencoe MacDonalds done by D.J. Macdonald, President of the Edinburgh branch of Clan Donald. The museum is in the village nearly opposite the church. Miss Barbara Fairweather, Invercoe House has done a splendid job in collecting and organising this material. She is still short of a distaff and would welcome this as a contribution from anyone willing to lend or give one.

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