Associated People: Galbraith, Mr James, Balevullin (1821 - 1903)

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Black & white photograph of  James Galbraith (seated with beard) and family outside his thatched house at Balevullin in around 1890. Standing – daughter Janet Galbraith (later MacDonald, Kilmoluaig); seated – daughter Sarah Donald (nee Galbraith) with baby Dorothy on her lap, and her other children Charlie, Jessie and Margaret. Sarah and her family lived in Glasgow and were probably paying a summer visit.

James Galbraith (1821-1903) was born in Gigha, and came to Tiree from Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, with his wife and children in 1874 to take up the position of School Master of the Parochial School at Balevullin. He was given the croft at Balevullin as part of his payment.

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Photograph of members of James Galbraith`s family at Balevullin ca. 1905

Black & white photograph of L-R: Sarah Galbraith (m.Donald), her mother Janet Wotherspoon (m.Galbraith), and her son Charles Donald with a spinning wheel outside the Galbraith thatched croft house at Balevullin, in around 1905. Janet was the wife of James Galbraith (1821-1903), the Head Master of the Parochial School at Balevullin. After his death, Sarah continued to pay the rent on the croft so that her two sisters, then one sister and her husband, John MacDonald (1869-) of Cornaigmore, could live there, but ended up in dispute with the Duke of Argyll over the title. As a result, the croft was given up in 1913.

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Photograph of members of the Galbriath family, Balevullin, ca. 1890

Black & white photograph of (probably) L-R: Janet Galbraith, Balevullin, her husband Donald MacDonald, Kilmoluaig, and her sister Mary Galbraith in around 1890. Janet and Mary were daughters of James Galbraith (1821-1903) who was born in Gigha, and came to Tiree from Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, with his wife and children in 1874 to take up the position of School Master of the Parochial School at Balevullin. He was given the croft at Balevullin as part of his payment. Mary married John MacDonald of Cornaigmore in 1907, and continued to run the croft at Balevullin until the Duke of Argyll reclaimed it in 1903.

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Photograph of James Galbraith (1821-1903), Balevullin, his wife and two grandchildren, ca 1890.

Black & white photograph of James Galbraith, Balevullin, Head of the Parochial School at Balevullin from 1874, his wife Janet (Wotherspoon) Galbraith and two of their Donald grandchildren, at the croft house at Balevullin around 1890. James Galbraith (1821-1903) was born in Gigha, and came to Tiree from Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, with his wife and children in 1874 to take up the position of School Master of the Parochial School at Balevullin. The Duke of Argyll displaced the MacLeod family off their croft to Kilmoluaig to make way for them. After James` death the family`s title to the croft at Balevullin was challenged by the Duke, despite one of James` daughters, Sarah (now living in Glasgow), continuing to pay the rent and her two sisters still living there. One sister, Mary Galbraith, married John MacDonald of Cornaigmore in 1907 and they continued to run the croft. However, after 10 years of pursuit, the Duke took the matter to Court and the croft was given up around 1913.

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Collection of documents, histories, drawings and photographs relating to the Galbraith/MacDonald family of Balevullin and Kilmoluaig

 

Copies of a collection of official documents, family tree, history, hand-drawings and photographs relating to the Galbraith family of Balevullin, and the MacDonald family of Kilmoluaig, 1821-2009. James Galbraith (1821-1903) was born in Gigha, and came to Tiree from Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, with his wife and children in 1874 to take up the position of School Master of the Parochial School at Balevullin. The factor relocated the MacLeod family to Kilmoluaig to make way for him. His third daughter Janet Wotherspoon Galbraith (b. 1872) married Donald MacDonald of Kilmoluaig in 1905. She drowned at Loch Bhasapol aged 64. Items include: a short biography of Sarah Grant Galbraith m.Donald (1886-1917) by Erica McKellar, extracts of census/birth/marriage/death records for Sarah Galbraith (1868-), John MacDonald, Cornaigmore (1869-), Mary Galbraith, Balevullin (1869-), Donald MacDonald, Kilmoluaig (1865-), Janet Galbraith, Balevullin (1874-), Angus MacDonald, Kilmoluaig (1909-), Jessie Wotherspoon MacDonald, Balevullin (1898), Mary MacDonald, Heylipol (1882-), Mary Flora MacDonald, Kilmoluaig (1910-1969), James Galbraith MacDonald, Balevullin (1908-). Report from the Sheriff Court, Oban, and correspondence between Argyll Estate, Sarah Galbraith and her solicitors regarding the legal title to the Galbraith croft at Balevullin, 1903-1913. Rental receipts for the croft at Balevullin 1907-1909, family tree for the descendants of Janet Wotherspoon & James Galbraith, hand-drawings of headstones at Soroby Cemetry and the location of the wreck of the `Vivo` by James Galbraith, transcript of the headstone for Hector, Sarah and Malcolm Smith 1835-1900, telegraph message regarding the death of James Galbraith`s `Uncle Archie` 1907. Family tree and notes for the Wotherspoon family genealogy. Information for 19 photographs.

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Photograph of the Galbraith croft house at Balevullin ca. 1890

Black & white photograph of (probably) the Galbraith thatched croft house at Balevullin in around 1890. James Galbraith (1821-1903) was born in Gigha, and came to Tiree from Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, with his wife and children in 1874 to take up the position of School Master of the Parochial School at Balevullin. The Duke of Argyll displaced the MacLeod family off their croft to Kilmoluaig to make way for them. After James` death the family`s title to the croft at Balevullin was challenged by the Duke, despite one of James` daughters, Sarah (now living in Glasgow), continuing to pay the rent and her two sisters still living there. One sister, Mary Galbraith, married John MacDonald of Cornaigmore in 1907 and they continued to run the croft. However, after 10 years of pursuit, the Duke took the matter to Court and the croft was given up around 1913.

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Minidisk recording of Hugh MacLeod of Cornaigbeg talking to Maggie Campbell in November 2005.

Hugh MacLeod of Cornaigbeg talks to Maggie Campbell in November 2005 about the family of James Galbraith who was born in Gigha, and came with his family from Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, to Balevullin to take the position of Head of the Parochial School at Balevullin in 1874. His daughter married into the MacDonald family of Kilmoluaig.