Associated People: MacIntyre, Mr Donald, Gott


Audio cassette recording by Maggie Campbell of the last sale at the old mart and the opening of the new mart in 2003.

Recordng of the last sale at the old mart in May 2003 and the opening of the new mart in August 2003, with short interviews with various attendees.


Black and white photograph of a Tiree regatta around 1987-8.

Tiree regatta around 1987-8. L-R: (front row) ? Peter Whyte, son of Iain Whyte (12); ?; ? Rona MacKenzie, daughter of Alex, Harbour, Milton; ? Morag Ann, daughter of Donald Mackinnon (8); ? Iain MacKinnon, son of Donald Mackinnon (8); Alasdair MacArthur, Barrapol, brother of (23) & (28); (middle row) Duncan MacLean, Caolas, brother of Billy (16); Donald MacKinnon the Plumber, Sandaig; Alasdair (Etty) MacDonald, son of Alasdair (22); Gavin Carter, Crossapol; Christine, wife of Donald Iain Kennedy; Iain Whyte, Hydro-Electric; Lachie MacFarlane, Hynish; John MacLean, son of Duncan (7); Neil MacDonald, Skipnish; Alasdair (Billy) MacLean, brother of Duncan (7); Iain Aonghais MacKinnon, Kilmoluaig; Mike Stanfield; Charlie MacLean, Salum; Duncan MacPhee (Donnachadh Tèasaidh); Lachie Beaton, Bank Manager; (back row)Alasdair MacDonald, Mannal; ? John MacArthur, Barrapol, brother of (6) & (28); Douglas MacDonald, son of Alasdair (22); Simon Latham, Port a’ Mhuilinn, Baugh; Duncan MacInnes, Ruaig; Donald Farquar, Balemartine; Archie MacArthur, Barrapol, brother of (6) & (23); Dougie Campbell, Haven, Vaul; Lorna Munroe, PE teacher; Donald MacLean, Mannal; Willie Bunting, Crossapol; Donald MacIntyre, Gott (Dòmhnall a’ Ghobhainn; Iain MacDonald, Balemartine; Donald Kennedy, Port Ban, Caoles (Dòmhnall Bàn).



Colour photograph of Donald MacIntyre of Gott inspecting lambs at the first sale at the new mart in 2003.

Donald MacIntyre of Gott, Tiree`s oldest crofter, inspecting lambs at the first sale at the new mart on the day of the opening of the Rural Centre in August 2003.



Black and white photograph of the Tiree Home Guard during WWII.

Tiree Home Guard. L-R: (front row) Donald MacIntyre, Gott; Calum Maclean, Salum; Alasdair Brown, Kilkenneth; Jock Graham; MacLaren (factor); Hugh MacArthur, Tullymet; Walter Hume, Hynish; Calum MacIntyre, Gott; Donald Archie Allan, Balephuil; (back row) Robert MacMaster, Kenovay; Hugh MacArthur, Caoles; Donald MacKechnie, Kilmoluaig; Donald MacLean, Vaul; Alasdair MacInnes, Ruaig; Hugh MacLean, Barrapol; Donald Campbell, Balemartine; Sandy Campbell, East Hynish; Neil MacDonald, Skipnish; Calum MacDonald, Mannal.



Alick MacNeill’s turn-out at a 1950s Agricultural Show

Photograph of Alick MacNeill, Donald MacLean and Donald MacIntyre at an Agricultural Show at Crossapol in the early 1950s.


Courtesy of Mr Donald MacIntyre

The Tiree Agricultural Show was started in the 1880s by Tom Barr, the tenant of Balephetrish farm, to encourage local crofters to improve their stock of breeding horses and their income. Around 1900, a stirk (one-year-old calf) would fetch £4 to £5 whereas a good year-old filly foal would fetch £25 to £30.

At the Shows in the 1950s prizes were given for the best horse in a number of classes: Clydesdale geldings and mares, Highland ponies, cross geldings, mares, fillies or colts and any breed of foal. There was also a special prize for the best horse, cart and harness.

Alick MacNeill of Main Road Farm in Balephuil, Donald MacLean of Vaul and Donald MacIntyre of Gott are pictured at a Show at Crossapol in the early 1950s. By this time tractors had replaced the horse and Alick’s turn-out was the only entrant in its class.

Black and white photograph of Alick MacNeill, Donald MacLean and Donald MacIntyre.

Agricultural show at Crossapol in 1951 or 52. L-R: Alick MacNeill, Main Road Farm, Balephuill; Donald MacLean, Vaul; Donald MacIntyre, Gott.


Tiree blacksmiths in the 20th century

Sound clip in English of retired vet Robert Beck talking about the blacksmiths on Tiree in the 20th century.

Courtesy of Mr Robert Beck

Retired veterinary surgeon Robert Beck talks about the number of blacksmiths on Tiree within living memory during a public talk on the subject of Scotland’s native horse given at the 1997 Feis Thiriodh. In 1945 there were over four hundred working horses on the island providing ample work for eight smiddies.

The Tiree Clydesdale was in great demand in the early 20th century especially for work in the towns. Derived from cross-breeding a superior type of native pony introduced to Tiree in the early 1800s with Clydesdales brought in by Tom Barr in the 1870s, they were tougher and faster than mainland-bred draught horses.

Many crofters kept one or two brood mares which were also worked. Three stallions, two Clydesdale and one Highland pony, ‘walked’ the island, kept by Hector Campbell of Cornaigmore, John MacLean of the Brae, Cornaigbeg and Donald MacIntyre of Gott.


Newspaper article about Donald MacIntyre, Gott, and his Clydesdale horses, dated 1978.

A Clydesdale mare bred by Donald MacIntyre, Gott, won fourth prize at the Royal Highland Show. Also paragraphs about the school dux, new houses, crofting news, the banker, Tiree Cubs, the new GP and school attendance.


Audio cassette recording of Donald MacIntyre, Gott, interviewed by Maggie Campbell on 18/1/2000.

Donald MacIntyre talks to Maggie Campbell about the people in Gott, their work and their houses, the smiddy, the decline in the number of horses and blacksmiths, shoeing horses and making implements, breeding and showing Clydesdales and training foals.