Tag Archives: balephuil

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2021.54.68

Transcript of a Complaint from Archibald Campbell (Receiver of Wreck, Tiree) to Mr Colin Campbell regarding an alleged theft from the wreck of the Maria and Fanny in August 1868. Archibald Campbell requests a warrant to search the houses of Alexander McDonald, Farquhar McDonald, Hugh McArthur, John McArthur, Hugh Kennedy (all cottars, Balephuil) and Angus McArthur (crofter, Balephuil) on suspicion of plundering from the wreck of the ‘Maria and Fanny of Milford’. Campbell also writes to William Sproat Esquire on the matter.

The Maria and Fanny was wrecked near Kenavara in August 1868 with the loss of two lives. An account of this can be found in 2021.54.65.

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.65

Transcript of Inventory of Precognition investigating the death of Joseph Evans and William James on 8 August 1868. Evans (cook and seaman on board the Maria and Fanny) and James (Master on board the Maria and Fanny) drowned on the wreck of the Maria Fanny of Milford Devon Wales. The Maria and Fanny was on a journey between Ayr and Limerick with a cargo of coals, but hit a rock – ‘bo-more’ (possibly Bogha Mòr) – near Kenavara in a storm.

The transcript contains descriptions of clothing and tattoos found on the deceased, as well as some descriptions of their bodies. Thomas Davis mentions the following locations in his account of the ship’s journey: Lamlash (Isle of Arran), ‘Torry’ Island (perhaps Tory or Toraigh Island), Skerryvore, Tiree. The transcript names Archibald Campbell as Receiver of Wrecks at Balinoe.

Statements are provided by:

Angus MacArthur (crofter, Balephuil)
Malcolm MacArthur (crofter, Balephuil)
Alexander MacDonald (fisherman, Balephuil)
Donald MacArthur (son of and residing with Angus MacArthur, Balephuil)
Duncan Cameron (Constable, Tiree)
Thomas Davis (seaman, Pembroke)
James Brown (seaman, Pembrokeshire)
William Thomas (seaman, Devon)
Donald McArthur (fisherman, Balephuil)
Archibald Brown, (farmer, Balephuil)
Archibald Brown (seaman, Mannal)

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.39

Transcript of a Police Report and Precognition of Witnesses regarding the sudden deaths of John Mcdonald, Lachlan Macdonald, Donald McDonald, John Orr and John McLean in April 1860.

The men left Manal on 27 April 1860 to fish ‘Relstay fishing bank’ near Stevenson’s Rock (described as four miles south west of the Skerryvore Lighthouse) on the fishing skiff ‘Father & Sons’. They were likely capsized whilst attempting to return home the following morning.

Statements are provided by:
Marion Macdonald (widow, Balemartine. Mother of John Macdonald)
Mary McInnes or McDonald (wife of Lachlan MacDonald, Mannal. Aunt of John Orr, who resided with her)
Janet Kennedy (wife of Lachlan Macdonald, Balemartine)
Ann Macquarie or Macdonald (widow, Balemartine. Mother of Lachlan Macdonald)
Flora Macdonald (widow, Balemartine. Mother of Donald Macdonald)
Donald McLean (Manal. Father of John McLean)
Charles Maclean (fisherman, Balephuil)
Archibald McLean (Balephuil. Brother of Charles Maclean)
John Black (Balephuil)
Nile (or Niel) Maclean (fisherman, Balephuil)
Finlay Fraser (Detective Constable, Tiree)
Lachlan McDonald (shoemaker, Manal)
John McLean (crofter, Balephuil)

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

 

2021.54.15

Transcript of a report submitted to Henry Nisbet, Tobermory Procurator Fiscal, regarding the murder of Jean MacDonald or Seaton by her husband Hector MacDonald in Kirkapol in 1857. Statements are provided by Archibald Brown (crofter, Balephuil), William McLeod [?, Registrar] and Lachlan MacQuarie (Island House).

The beginning of the statement by the Medical Examiner is missing.

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.54.9

A transcript of the Inventory of Precognition regarding the deaths of nine fishermen in the Balephuil fishing diaster. This document provides statements from witnesses to a great storm in July of 1856 which claimed the lives of nine men from Balephuil: Archibald McLean (age 50), Donald McLean (aged 29), Colin McDonald (aged 40), Alexander McDonald (aged 42), Neil Kennedy (aged 18), Hugh Kennedy (aged 14) and Hugh McKinnon (aged 14), John Campbell (aged 29) and Malcom McArthur (aged 55).

Statements are given by witnesses to the tragedy as well as by relatives of the deceased, including: Malcolm McDougall (Fisherman, Balephuil); John MacPhail (aged 23, Fisherman, Balephuil); Isabella Black or MacLean (aged 40, widow of Archibald MacLean); George MacLean Esq (Tenant, Hynish); William Wilson (aged 28, Surgeon, Scarinish).

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From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.53.81

Digitised copy of Copy memorial by Malcolm McLaurine, chamberlain of Tiree, to the Duke of Argyll, 1 Nov 1803, with subsequent correspondence with James Ferrier, the 5th Duke of Argyll’s lawyer (2 sets). There is no transcript for this item.

The main topic of the correspondence is the prospect of McLaurin being provided a farm at Balephuil. The correspondence also mentions: the farm occupied by McLaurin at Crossapol; the prospect of farms at Balephuil and Crossapol being divided into crofts; the prospect of converting the Chamberlain’s house at Crossapol into a church or inn and granary; the purchase of cattle and the distemper which can affect them; the subject of McLaurin ‘grasping’ at a farm in Balemartine; the Post Office; Mr McLean of Coll; value of land in Coll; mail lands; rent; Hector MacLean’s lease at ‘Haynish’; Balephuil March Dykes; planned improvements to the island.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.53.70

Digitised copy of Letter from Malcolm McLaurine, chamberlain of Tiree, to the Duke of Argyll, 15 Dec 1801. In this letter McLaurine expresses gratitude to the Duke of Argyll for giving him the farm at Balephuil and agreeing to build a house on it; proposes enclosing and subdividing Balephuil; proposes plans to develop a large garden and nursery; refers to establishing a volunteer company to maintain the social order of Tiree; and refers to smuggling and distilling in the island. There is no transcript for this item.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.53.57

Digitised copy of Estimate for draining lochs in Tiree by George Langlands, 1773. Contains ‘the levill and expence’ of draining Loch Phuil, Loch Barapoll, Loch Heyllipoll, Loch Vassapoll, and Loch Kirkapoll.  There is no transcript for this item.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

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