Tag Archives: factors

2022.1.111

Tiree Estate – papers relating to land agitation, 1884. From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

Click to view all transcripts of the following papers (via Inveraray’s online catalogue):

1 23-28 Apr 1884. Journal of Lord Lorne, in the form of an extended letter to the 8th Duke of Argyll, of his visit to the island – meeting with deputation of crofters – exploration of various ‘Danish forts’, and his finds – ‘This is the worst place for begging for assistance I have ever known, not even excepting a Red Indian Camp. Everybody comes and asks for something’ – describes the places he visits – believes the Duke ‘would be well rid of this island’ – ‘a miserable place’ – refers to the Stanford Company and its trucking system.

2 3 May 1884. W P Edwards, London, to Lord Lorne – encouraging emigration from Tiree.

3 8 Dec 1884. Names of Cottars who invaded Hough & Cornaigmore.

4 Undated [1884]. List of Cottars, Tiree [does not include the whole island]

5 31 Mar 1884. Rev John McRury, Tiree, to Lady Elyn – explaining at length why the people have turned against him, for refusing the use of the church for Land Law Reform meetings – the Baptist and Free Church ministers apparently support the agitators.

6 12 Apr 1884. Report by Hugh MacDiarmid, the Factor – refers to the Land Law Reform meeting – ‘There was a procession with a piper at its head, they also had flags’.

7 1884. Letter from the Duke to the fishermen of Balemartin, Tiree

8 1884 May 16. Duke’s reply (via Rev J G Campbell) to letter from N McNiell, Vaul.

2020.49.1

Colour photograph of children and teacher at Heylipol School in around 1965/66. L-R top: Gordon Bucher, William Weston, Duncan McLean. L-R middle: Betty Weston, Dollaidh Cameron (teacher), Anne Sinclair, Anne MacArthur, Lorelei MacLennan (the factor’s daughter), June Weston, Janet MacArthur, Effie Mackinnon. L-R front: Christine Mackinnon, Ian Mackinnon, Anne Bucher, Charles Bucher, Richard Maxwell, Christine Maxwell.

2020.25.1

Photocopied pages from a notebook dated 1889-1929 belonging to Archibald MacEachern, blacksmith of Cornaig. Contains handwritten financial calculations, notes on orders and payments, diary notes, entries in proforma ‘The Keeper was here this day….’, invitations to the funeral of his father, also Archibald MacEachern. From an exhibition held at An Iodhlann in 1998.

2020.11.1

Photographs of three items belonging to the family of island factor Hugh MacDiarmid (1846-1928), who lived at Island House, Heylipol, during 1876-1928. Top: an Entada phasaeoloides ‘sea-bean’ found on the beach by the factor’s daughter, Meta MacDiarmid, and made into a pendant for her (possibly by her fiancee). Middle: brass plaque from a wooden box of silver plated cutlery presented by people of Tiree to Meta on her marriage. Bottom: a coffee or chocolate pot presented by the Duke of Argyll to Hugh MacDiarmid in 1906, probably on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

2019.66.1

Composition about the life and family of  John Miller Matthew Geekie, who was a factor for the Duke of Argyll on Tiree. His sons Peter J,, John Neil, and Charles S. were born in Tiree in 1871-73. The family emigrated to Manitoba, Canada. Compiled by Charles A Muir, Ottawa, 2017.

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Geekie’s wife Ann Campbell (1844-1918) was 1st cousin to Colina Georgina McLean Campbell, Balephetrish (1841-1930), wife of Doctor Alexander Buchanan, Baugh. Ann was the daughter of Donald Campbell Tacksman of Reef & Ulva. Colina was the daughter of Colin Campbell (Cailean Mhor) of Coll. Colin bought the two ends of Coll, which the Laird of Coll lost through bankruptcy around 1851. He owned the farms of Cornaig & Caolis on Coll. Both Colin Campbell (1798-1867) and Donald Campbell (1801-1884) were sons of Niel Campbell, Tacksman of Sunipol (1769-c1854).

 

 

1999.294.2

Collection of five booklets of ‘Tocher – Tales, Songs and Traditions’ from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies in Edinburgh, 1978-1991, containing Tiree material: Blar nan Sguab / Battle of the Sheaves, No. 18, pg 44; The Dairymaid and the Cattle-Thief, No. 18, pg 49; Marbhrann do Mhrs. Noble / Elegy for Mrs Noble, No. 18, pg 50; A’ Chailleach Bhuana / the Harvest Maiden, No. 18, pg 52; Niall Og’s Harvest, No. 18, pg 54; An Corp-Creadh mu Dheireadh / The Last Clay Image made in Tiree, No. 18, pg 56; The Loss of the Fishing Boats (Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856), No. 18, pg 58; Oran an Fhuadaich / Song of the Storm (Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856), No. 18, pg 60; Diarmad agus Gràine, No. 18, pg 62; Donald Sinclair, No. 20, pg 152; Hector Kennedy, No. 32, pg 69; Latha Bathadh Bhaile Phuill / The Balephuil Disaster (1856), No. 32, pg 90; Oran do Shir Dòmhnall MacPhàrlain / Song to Sir Donald MacFarlane, No. 32, pg 92; Tha mise seo gun chruit gun sgoth / I am here with neither Croft nor Boat, No. 32, pg 94; Gilleasbuig Laidir and the Factor, No. 32, pg 96; ‘Lord’ MacDonald, No. 32, pg 98; Tiree settlers in Ontario, No. 42, pg 362; A’ Falbh a Tiriodh / Leaving Tiree, No. 42, pg 410; Donald MacLean Sinclair, No. 42, pg 424; Neil Lamont, No. 43, pg 67.

2017.77.1

Collection of 18 articles by Rhoda Meek, Caoles, extracted from Gaelic language magazine Cothrom, issues 29-59, 2001 onwards, one article by Hector MacDougall about Coll heroes (Cothrom 40), one by Rev Hector Cameron about the building of Island House and collecting peat from Coll (Cothrom 42), and another about a storm which cut Coll into three and Tiree into seven (Cothrom 41). In Gaelic with English translations.

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.