Tag Archives: funerals

2000.74.1

Audio cassette recording of Janet MacIntosh talking to Maggie Campbell in March 2000.

Janet MacIntosh of Caoles and Balinoe talks to Maggie Campbell in March 2000 about her schooldays in Balemartine, her pastimes, the delivery of a telegram from Balinoe Post Office, wartime and the pictures, the funeral of 16 RAF crew members who died in a plane crash, monthly ceilidhs, dances and Gaelic plays, travelling shops, funerals, transport, gathering and cooking seafood and seaweed, and the health benefits of sea water.

1998.286.1

Audio cassette recording of David MacClounnan of Balephuil talking to John Donald MacLean in June 1998.

David MacClounnan (Dàibhidh na Croige) of Balephuil talks to John Donald MacLean (Teòn Dòmhnall a’ Mhuilinn) of Crossapol about himself and Flòraidh Bhàird going home by bicycle, fishing, the caves around ‘cowrie shell beach’, the hanging island, a mermaid found at Diobadal in Hynish, Hynish pier and Skerryvore lighthouse, a well in Balephuil, beach-combing, forts, second sight, the first tractor in Tiree, a fairy woman, old funerals and funeral costs.

1997.265.2

Newsletter `Fios agus Fathunn`, No. 2, 1980.

Local news including a Gaelic song by Neil Brownlie, Long Service Medals for Tiree coastguard auxiliaries, Taigh a` Rudha Grand Fete, Vaul Golf Club, a list of books about Tiree, the proposed surcharge for diesel-generated power, the Social Work Department, fire hydrants, Road Equivalent Tariff (RET), the cost of funerals and the Tiree Pre-school Playgroup.

1999.196.4

Newsletter `Fios agus Fathunn`, No. 2, 1980.

Local news including a Gaelic song by Neil Brownlie, Long Service Medals for Tiree coastguard auxiliaries, Taigh a` Rudha Grand Fete, Vaul Golf Club, a list of books about Tiree, the proposed surcharge for diesel-generated power, the Social Work Department, fire hydrants, Road Equivalent Tariff (RET), the cost of funerals and the Tiree Pre-school Playgroup.

1997.265.3

Newsletter `Fios agus Fathunn`, No. 3, 1980 (4 copies).

Local news including the proposed surcharge for diesel-generated power, visit by the Welfare Rights team, Housing Action Areas, the cost of funerals, the delay in the installation of new telephones lines, the quality of the mains water, the bus shelter at Balemartine, conveyance to school for Primary pupils, the Community Council election, a list of books about Tiree, a Gaelic song by Neil Brownlie, church, and school news, Golf Club and Tiree Football team news, the proposed new public hall and the WRI summer ceilidh. (4 copies)

1999.196.3

Newsletter `Fios agus Fathunn`, No. 3, 1980.

Local news including the proposed surcharge for diesel-generated power, visit by the Welfare Rights team, Housing Action Areas, the cost of funerals, the delay in the installation of new telephones lines, the quality of the mains water, the bus shelter at Balemartine, conveyance to school for Primary pupils, the Community Council election, a list of books about Tiree, a Gaelic song by Neil Brownlie, church, and school news, Golf Club and Tiree Football team news, the proposed new public hall and the WRI summer ceilidh.

2001.96.13

Funeral procession at Soroby graveyard in the 1920s

Photograph of a funeral procession on its way to Soroby graveyard in the 1920s

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Courtesy of Ms Rachel Wylie

Before World War II, coffins were made locally from lengths of sarking. MacArthurs’ shop in Scarinish supplied bundles containing black cloth, white cloth, a stack of embossed lead strips, eight handles and cords, and a black plaque, which were taken to the coffin-makers to complete the job.

On the day of the funeral, the mourners would gather outside the house where the coffin would be placed on two dining room chairs. After a short service the procession, traditionally composed only of men, would set off for the graveyard.

The coffin was carried on a bier by relays of men. They were accompanied by a basket containing cheese, oatcakes and whiskey to refresh the mourners on their journey which could be several miles long.

Laser print of a black and white photograph of a funeral procession on its way to Soroby in the 1920s.

Funeral procession on its way to Sorobaidh graveyard. (From Myra Lamont’s photograph album of the 1920s.)

2003.119.2

Audio cassette recording of Angus MacFarlane and Willie Robertson interviewed by Maggie Campbell in Coll Hotel on 10/7/2003.

(Continued from AC234) Willie Robertson of Coll talks to Maggie Campbell in July 2003 about peat-cutting when it was done by hand with the help of a horse, coffin making, caithris na h-oidhche and funerals on Coll, past and present. (Tape 2 documented on E00519)
(A leantainn air fo AC235) Mairead Chaimbeul air Colla anns an t- Iuchair 2003 a bruidhinn ri Uilleam MacDhonnchaidh mu dheidhinn gearradh mòine – nuair a bha seo air a dhèanamh le làimh, deànamh cisteachan-laighe, caithris na h-oidhche, agus dòighean tiodhlacaidh air Colla fo chionn fhada co-shamhlachadh ri dòighean an là an-diugh.

1998.197.4

Resolution against drinking ardent spirits at funerals

Transcription of a resolution by the minister and Parishioners of Tiree against drinking ardent spirits at funerals.

Courtesy of His Grace the Duke of Argyll

In ‘The Statistical of Account of Scotland’ published in 1845, the minister of Tiree, Rev. Neil MacLean, wrote condemning the practice of ‘drinking ardent spirits at funerals’ and of ‘poor families parting with their last horse or cow, to furnish entertainment of this kind.’

This Resolution of 1847 called on like-minded parishioners to abstain from drinking more than one glassful of spirits at funerals or to pay a penalty of five pounds to benefit the poor of the parish. Rev. MacLean successfully sought the backing of the Duke of Argyll.

In November 1855, the Tiree factor, Lachlan MacQuarie, issued a notice prohibiting the consumption of spirits at ‘weddings, balls, funerals or any other gathering’ by tenants paying less than £30 rent, on pain of dispossession of their lands.