Tag Archives: gathering food and other materials


Audio cassette recording of Neil MacKinnon of Balevullin talking to Maggie Campbell in February 2001.

Neil MacKinnon of Balevullin talks to Maggie Campbell in February 2001 about the kelp industry on Tiree in the 1800s and the Glassary, collecting, drying and processing tangle over the last 30 years, the best places to find tangle and payment for it past and present; he finishes by talking about ‘feamainn dearg’ which he now collects, where to find it, how it’s processed and its uses in cosmetics.


Minidisk recording of Alasdair Sinclair and Duncan Grant talking to Dr John Holliday in An Iodhlann on 21/1/2004.

Alasdair Sinclair of Brock and Duncan Grant of Ruaig talk to Dr John Holliday in January 2004 about their Tiree connections and early memories of Ruaig, Brock and Soa, about Hugh Lamont (Eòghann Iain) from Ruaig, the postal service, Brock ceilidh house, thatched houses, quarrying stones at Brock and the tools used, handmade lintels, and collecting seaweed and birds’ eggs from Soa.


Audio cassette recording of Jean MacCallum, Balevullin talking to Maggie Campbell in 2000.

(Continued from AC238) Jean MacCallum of Balevullin talks to Maggie Campbell in 2000 about pilgrims preaching in Balevullin School and about going to church, the names and location of various rocks and cliffs near Balevullin, carrageen and fishing, how crofting now is not as close to nature, Easter and the different moons, potatoes and crops that used to be grown, natural fertilisers, the faster pace of life now, Cattle Shows, Clydesdale horses and knitting.


Black and white photograph of Charles MacLean, Kenovay.

Charles MacLean (Tearlach Mac Ghilleasbuig), Kenovay, with a cart-load of seaweed. He was the 6` 4″ tall grand-uncle of Dr. William Armstrong and grand-uncle of Hugh Campbell, Garraphail. Note the fork stuck in the back of the cart to stop the seaweed slipping off.