Tag Archives: crofters

2018.78.1

The Scots Magazine, June 1965, with an article about Tiree and its people ‘Island of Prosperous Crofters’ by Campbell K Finlay. Includes photographs of Scarinish Harbour: A D Brown, Tobermory (merchant to Tiree); Margaret Brown, Vaul; Malcolm M MacLean, Salum; A H MacPhail, Clachan; A G H Bruton, Lodge Hotel; Travee; coastal cliffs; croft house, Scarinish; Parkhouse, Balephetrish; L J MacFadyen, Kenovay;  J L MacInnes, Salum; W MacPhee, gamekeeper; Balephetrish road. Also mentioned in text: Walter Hume, the Reef & An Fhaodhail, primary schools, boarded-out children, island house, sheep, bulb-growing, cottars, income, crofters’ war, snipe shooting, tourism, fishing.

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2016.22.1

Black & white photograph of Hugh MacArthur, Tullymet, Scarinish/Gott, in his army piper uniform in 1915. Hugh was born in Hynish House in 1892. His father, Donald MacArthur (1850-1942), had been brought over by the Duke of Argyll from Tulliemet in Perthshire as a farm manager, as a “neutral” with no direct Tiree connections. His mother was Annie MacPhail (1851-1927). Hugh married Jessie Drummond Duff, Hynish, in 1921. Hugh served in the army in both the Cameron Regiment (no. S/25888) and Gordon Regiment (no. S/40968).

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2016.8.1

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.