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2018.14.1

Emailed information from the Archivist at Argyll Estates’ archives at Inveraray to Iain Knapman, Balephuil, regarding material relevant to the history of land settlement on Tiree. Includes printouts of the two attachments mentioned below.

“There is minimal published research on the history of the land settlement of Tiree. I understand that TM Devine in his ‘The Great Highland Famine: Hunger, Emigration and the Scottish Highlands in the 19th Century’ (Edinburgh, 2004) refers to there being 329 crofts on Tiree by 1802 and that by 1806 four fifths of Tiree was worked by crofters, but I do not know where these figures come from.

Prior to the establishment of crofts, the land was worked by communal farming settlements of multiple tenant farmers, cottars and servants – the baile. Certainly the 5th Duke of Argyll was keen to improve his lands, and the surveys of the lands and of the people who worked the lands that he commissioned towards the end of the 18th century were intended to inform agricultural improvements and the selection of the best workers to carry them out.

Apart from references in the Instructions that you have read, we hold additional correspondence within the bundle series (see attached list for possibly relevant bundles) and there is also a portfolio of specifically Tiree related material, ref. PV65, which Eric Cregeen listed briefly and which I assume informed his publication of the Instructions. I attach a copy of this list as well.”

2017.66.5

CD of 10 Tiree tales from the Dewar Manuscripts (1866) in Gaelic and English, which are held in Inveraray Archives. Story titles: Big Jura John, Big Jura John and the Irish Earl, Gift of Tiree to MacLean by MacDonald of the Isles, The Laird of Callart and the Tenants of Tiree, John Campbell of Barranacarragh in Tiree, Donald of the Sound, Finlay Guibhneach, The Tiree Wrestlers – Malcom Clerk and Donald MacDougall, Grey and Shaw, Traditions about the Island of Tiree and Mull.

Includes photocopied pages of MacLean’s English translation (1881) of the Tiree tales, a printed summary of the tales prepared by the archivist, a letter regarding their use, and a copy of the license agreement between An Iodhlann and Argyll Estates.

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2017.64.1

Article titled ‘Tiree and the Dukes of Argyll in the age of the Clearances and Crofters’ War: coercion, controversy and confrontation’ by James Petre, published in West Highland Notes & Queries, July 2017, pp 17-23. An account of how Tiree changed after the Dukes of Argyll took possession of the island in 1674, and the reaction of the islanders to that change.

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2017.56.1

Black and white photograph of a group of suffragettes during a march by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1908. L-R: Lady Frances Balfour, Millicent Fawcett, Ethel Snowden, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified. Lady Frances Balfour was the sister of the Duke of Argyll and author of the biography of her sister Lady Victoria Campbell. The fasteners on her jacket are sliver salmon, which are still used on the formal clothing of the Argylls. (large print stored in filing cabinet 10 drawer 2)

Copyright: Getty Gallery, London

2017.50.5

Booklet ‘West Highland Notes & Queries’, Series 4, No. 3, March 2017. Includes articles on the MacLeans of Duart and Lochbuie & the Jacobite Cause 1400-1766 (with references to Tiree), paintings of pipers, ‘The Tacksman Class in Argyllshire 1800-50’, ‘A Visit to Coll in 1831’, and ‘Tiree’s resistance to the Earl of Argyll’s takeover of the Island 1674-1682’ by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol.

2017.36.11

Two hand-drawn family trees showing (1) the link between the donor and her Tiree ancestors through her great-grandmother Marion MacLean Brodie (b. 1854), who was daughter of Lachlan MacLean (b. 1804), Kilmoluaig, and Catherine MacLean (b.1814), Grianal (Greenhill), and (2) the family of Sarah Sinclair (b. 1895), Cathcart, whose Tiree ancestors include her grandparents Donald Sinclair (b. 1808), Balemartine, and Henrietta McLaurin (b. 1811), Balemartine. Henrietta’s father was Malcolm McLaurin, the Duke of Argyll’s Chamberlain on Tiree.

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2017.26.1

Softback book ‘Correspondence from July, 1846, to February, 1847, Relating to the Measures Adopted for the Relief of the Distress in Scotland…’ Great Britain Treasury, 2012. Government correspondence about Famine Relief in the Highlands. Includes separate index listing references to Tiree.

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