Associated People: MacKie, Mr Euan, Tiree


Cornaig mill in 1962

Photograph of the interior of Cornaig mill in 1962.


Courtesy of Dr Euan Mackie

This photograph of the interior of Cornaig mill was taken in 1962 by Dr Euan Mackie of the Hunterian Museum in Glasgow. The shaft from the water wheel which turned the grinding stones can be seen protruding through the wall.

The other end of the mill was taken up with the ‘àth’, or drying kiln, which was fired with coal and driftwood washed ashore during the winter. Grain had to be dried before milling and great skill was needed in making sure it did not toast too fast or the flour would be left with a bitter taste.

The grain was poured on to slotted iron sheets above the kiln and two men, with white cloths tied over their boots, turned the grain at intervals with wooden shovels until it was toasted brown.

Black and white photograph of the interior of Cornaig mill in 1962.

The interior of Cornaig mill showing the millstone, photographed Dr Euan Mackie in 1962. (Original in Filing Cabinet 8 drawer 4)


Audio cassette recording of a lecture about brochs given by Dr Euan Mackie in Vaul Golf Clubhouse in July 2000.

Recording of a lecture illustrated with slides given by Dr Euan Mackie in Vaul Golf Clubhouse in July 2000. Dr Mackie talks about the construction and architectural features of brochs across Scotland, the deterioration of many sites and current theories about their evolution from earlier structures. Their uses as defensive structures or as housing for an elite are discussed in a short Q&A session.


Audio cassette recording of George Holleyman talking to Dr Euan Mackie in An Iodhlann on 26/7/2000.

George Holleyman talks to Dr Euan Mackie of the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow in July 2000 about the Stone Age flints, bronze objects and Iron Age pottery that he found in Balevullin and Balephuil while he was a service policeman on Tiree during 1941 to 1943. Also present are Ian Atkins of Balephuil and Maggie Campbell of Kilmoluaig.


Harry Kelly talking about Catriona McKinnon of Vaul

Sound clip in English of Harry Kelly talking about Catriona MacKinnon of Vaul.

Courtesy of Mr Harry Kelly

Former chemistry teacher Harry Kelly of Glasgow was recorded in April 2000 talking to Dr John Holliday about the time he spent in the early 1960s as a volunteer at the excavation of the Iron Age broch at Vaul.

When his tent was washed out by rain soon after his arrival, Harry was offered lodgings by Catriona MacKinnon of Rhum View in Vaul. Catriona was a mine of information about life on Tiree in the 1930s.

Much to Harry’s surprise, she had made her own pottery from local clay and dyed cloth with lichens. In this clip, Harry talks about the method she used to make pots.


Audio cassette recording of Dr Euan Mackie talking to Dr John Holliday in April 2000.

Dr Euan Mackie, Honorary Research Fellow of the Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow talks to Dr John Holliday in April 2000 about his career in archaeology, the excavation of Dùn Mòr at Vaul 1962-1964, daily life on the dig, his work as director, the changes in thinking of British archaeologists since the 1960s, the history of the occupation of the broch and the likelihood of Stone Age occupation of Tiree. (Continues on AC213)