Dates: 1840s


Colour photograph of the grave stone of Hector Cameron, Balephuil (1836-1883), who emmigrated to Canada in the early 1860s with his brother Donald Cameron. Hector is buried in Belsyde Cemetery, Fergus, Wellington County, Ontario. Their mother was Catherine Black from Balephuil, who was also the mother of Ann MacLeod. Also named on the gravestone: Effie Cameron (1839-1915), Duncan Cameron (1863-1892), Libby Cameron (1875-1898), Mary Cameron Arnold (1871-1899).



Emailed information from Robyn Wiggs (Mackay), Australia, to Keith Dash, Australia, about Robyn’s ancestor Captain Colin Mackay (1839-1889) who was the Chief Constable of Argyllshire during the Crofter’s War of 1886, and who led the police expedition to quell the uprising on Tiree.

Extract: “… pertaining to the Crofter’s War 1886 which gives my great grandfather, Captain Colin Mackay, Chief Constable of Argyllshire, as the leader of the police expedition at that time.  I know he died 17 September 1889, Cormly/Comly? Building Lochgilphead, Argyll.  He is buried Achnabreac Cemetery Argyll.  … indicate he was a serving member of the Police at the time of his death… His headstone was erected by the members of the constabulary… His widow, Susan Mackay (Whyte/White), with their children immigrated to Australia to join their eldest son. From there our family continues.



Photocopy of a hand-written account of the story of Donald ‘The Pilot’ MacLean, Ruaig (born 1727), who piloted Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rescue ship after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. The seven-page letter was written on small pieces of paper around 1900 by Donald’s grandson, also Donald MacLean (1817-1907), who lived at Hynish House. It begins “the following is what report I heard from my father over 70 years ago”.

Tiree in 100 Objects – 8 – Donald the Pilot

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects


Ornate, leather-bound photograph album with brass clasp containing 21 formal portraits of the MacDonald/Campbell family, relatives and friends, from the late 1800s, plus one of the gravestone of Archibald Campbell and a memorial card with photo of Archibald Campbell, who died in 1899. No other information is available. From a collection from Mannal House. The photos are accessioned separately (see 2015.55.4 to 2015.55.19; V192-9 & W100-7).




Photocopied extract from handwritten ledgers containing the Minutes of the Provincial Synod of Argyll, August 1839 to August 1841. Relates to a report to the Synod in August 1840, which expressed concern about the spiritual state of Tyree, As a result, the Presbytery of Mull convened an investigation on the island.


Gaelic bible given to John MacKinnon, Kirkapol, by Lady Victoria in 1910

Dark leather-bound Gaelic bible (1831) given to John MacKinnon, Lodge Farm, Kirkapol, by Lady Victoria Campbell (the Duke of Argyll`s sister) on July 6th 1910, and inscribed by her “in memory of much faithful service to his friend” and verse (3) of the English hymn `The Saints of God!` by W. MacLagan (1869). ON PERMANENT LOAN