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Audio cassette recording of Hugh Archie MacCallum interviewed by Maggie Campbell on 28/9/2002.

Hugh Archie MacCallum talks to Maggie Campbell in September 2002 about the Cornaigbeg crofts, the crofters’ names and patronymics; old and new methods of farming, seaweed and its uses, cattle shows; shebeens, shops, cobblers, the grocer’s horse-drawn van; the old schoolhouse at Cornaig and the United Free Church at Whitehouse; the evil eye; the shipwreck of the Malve during World War I. Eòghann Èairdsidh ’Ic Chaluim a’ bruidhinn ri Magaidh Chaimbeul anns an t-Sultain 2002 mu croitean Chòrnaig Bhige, ainmean agus sloinneadhan nan croitearan, dòighean sean agus ùr air croitearachd, feamainn, fèill cruidh, shebeens, bùthan, greasaichean, carbad bùtha air a tharraing le each, an t-seann sgoil Chòrnaig agus an Eaglais Shaor aig an Taigh Gheal, an droch shùil, am Malve a chaidh air na sgeirean aig àm a’ Cheud Chogadh.


Audio cassette recording of Lachie MacKinnon, Parkhouse, interviewed by Maggie Campbell on 18/1/2000.

Lachie MacKinnon talks to Maggie Campbell about the division of Balephetrish farm into crofts for the men returning from World War I and various other houses in the township, growing bulbs for sale, crofting today compared with when he was young and the changes in social behaviour.


Nine Transcripts of Feis lecture `Columba`s Other Island?` given by Prof. Donald Meek in 1997.

St. Columba and early Christianity in Tiree.


Photocopied book extract `List of Inhabitants of Tyree and their Age in September 1779` edited by Eric Cregeen.

The inhabitants listed by township and family.

Click here to view extract 1997.54.1 Cornaigmore


Petition from Poor Persons in Tyree for Aid to Emigrate

Transcription of a petition for assistance to emigrate appended to ‘Crofts and Farms in the Hebrides’ by the 8th Duke of Argyll.

This petition was sent in 1851 to Sir John MacNeill, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors for the Relief of the Poor in Scotland. Sir John was married to a daughter of the 8th Duke of Argyll, who appended the petition to his ‘Crofts and Farms in Hebrides’ addressed to the Napier Commission of 1883.

A hundred and thirty-six islanders signed the petition. Ninety-nine of them were landless cottars; the remainder were small tenants, of whom only four paid rent over £10 a year. They represented the class of islanders that the Duke was anxious to clear from his estate.

Around a third of the petitioners were given assistance to emigrate with their families on board the ‘Conrad’, ‘Birman’ and ‘Onyx’ in July 1851. Another twenty-seven families from the island left with them.


Photocopied extracts from book `Witchcraft & Second Sight in the Highlands & Islands of Scotland` by John Gregorson Campbell.

Tales and traditions collected entirely from oral sources by John Gregorson Campbell, minister of Tiree from 1861-91.