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Audio cassette recording of 1985 BBC Reidio nan Gaidheal programme about the Balemartine bard by Donald Meek.

Professor Donald Meek talks on BBC Reidio nan Gaidheal in 1985 about the Balemartine bard, John MacLean (1827-1895), his songs and poetry including A’ Chailinn Mhaiseach Dhonn, Calum Beag, Di-moladh na Tea, Manitoba and Breacan Màiri Uisdean, the community he lived in, clearances, emigration and Land Leagues. Tha an Àrd-Ollamh Dòmhnall Meek a’ bruidhinn air Rèidio nan Gàidheal ann an 1985 mu Bhàrd Bhaile Mhartainn, Iain Mac ’Ill ’Leathain (1827-1895); na h-òrain ’s am bàrdachd aige nam measg A’ Chailinn Mhaiseach Dhonn, A’ Chaluim Bhig, Dì-Moladh na Tea, Manitoba agus Breacan Mairi Uisdein; a’ choimhearsnachd; eilthireachd; agus Tirisdich a shabaid an aghaidh nan uachdaranan.


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.


Photocopies of posters for two auction sales in Shoal Lake, Manitoba, Canada.

(1) List of household items, antiques, gun and rifles for auction from the McDonald Farm west of Shoal Lake. Al MacDonald or his ancestors presumably had some Tiree connection. The poster states that many of the articles had been used in the households for more than 70 years. (2) List of items for auction in the Shoal Lake Curling Rink.

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