Tag Archives: fishing and fishermen


Article about the Coll post office by Robert Sturgeon in 1988

Article about the house `Tigh-na-Mara` in Arinagour, Coll, which was the post office in the late 1800s. Robert Sturgeon came to Coll from Dalbeattie in 1889 to run the post office. He went on to create the fish-buying and processing unit, and the house became a guest house.

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Information about Sarah/Marion Campbell of Balephuil ca 1850

Emailed information, marriage certificate, photograph and printed extract from the 1851 Tiree census from Keith Dash`s website about the family history of John Campbell of Balephuil, his wife Mary Campbell (nee McMillan/Bell) and their daughter Sarah (Marion) Campbell MacRae, who was the gt gt grandmother of the donor. Mary Campbell was one of the women accused of being witches and causing the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856. Photo accessioned separately.


Photograph of Sarah/Marion Campbell of Balephuil ca 1870

Black & white photograph of Sarah / Marion Campbell of Balephuil (b.1835) (centre), her daughter Catherine MacRae (b. 1872 Glasgow) (left), and an unknown woman (right), taken around 1870. Sarah worked at Gartnavel Lunatic Assylum where she met her husband John MacRae. Sarah / Marion was the daughter of John Campbell of Balephuil and wife Mary Campbell (nee McMillan/Bell). Mary Campbell was one of the women accused of being witches and causing the Balephuil fishing disaster of 1856 in which her husband John drowned. Original print in filing cab 10 drawer 1.



Book `Agricultural Surveys: Hebrides (1811)` by James MacDonald A.M.

Softback-bound reprint of an 1811 review of Agriculture in the Hebrides. Full title: “General view of the agriculture of the Hebrides, or Western Isles of Scotland: with observations on the means of their improvement, together with a separate account of the principal islands; comprehending their resources, fisheries, manufactures, manners, and agriculture, drawn up under the direction of The Board of Agriculture, with several maps.


Booklet `Songs amongst the Stones` 2000

Booklet about the archaeology of Tiree from middens and standing stones, to religions and lifestyle. Researched by Dr John Holliday for a summer exhibition at An Iodhlann.


Glass bottle from Holland washed up on the shore in 2012

Large square clear glass bottle with metal screw cap, found on a Tiree shore in 2012. Embossed “HOLLAND” on one side and “P.BOKMA` on other, with “106.8”, a star and other symbols on the bottom. Probably discarded overboard from a Dutch fishing vessel.