Colour photograph of a brass plague commemorating the poet John MacLean on a stone cairn in Glen Bard Cemetery, Novia Scotia. Bard John MacLean emigrated from Caoles to Nova Scotia with his wife and three children in 1819. The cemetery is named after him.
Colour photographs of the gravestone of John MacLean (1787 -1848), Caoles, in Glen Bard Cemetery, Nova Scotia. Bard John MacLean emigrated from Caoles to Nova Scotia with his wife Isabella and three children in 1819. The cemetery is named after him.
The inscription is in Gaelic. A translation on a metal plaque at the foot of the stone reads: The Bard MacLean, 1787-1848. He who in this cemetery goes around / Stop and listen to a voice from the grave / Keep up the Gaelic all of your life / And hold its poetry in high regard / To all that is good give your love / And live to God each day. The Bard’s Wife Isabella Black (1786-1877), Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
Colour photograph of the entrance sign to Glen Bard Cemetery in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2017. The Tiree poet John MacLean was the first person buried there, in 1848, and the cemetery named after him. Bard John MacLean emigrated from Caoles to Nova Scotia with his wife and three children in 1819.
Commemorative composition about the life and death of John (Ian) Mackinnon, Vaul (1887-1916), by his great-niece Jilly Watson (née Mackinnon Johnstone), Canada, 2017. Includes a photograph and family tree.
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The Heritage Lottery Fund has granted An Iodhlann £10,000 to organise the excavation of what is thought to be a Bronze Age, or even Viking, grave at Kirkapol. The excavation will be led by professional archaeologists who will be looking for assistance from local volunteers. Watch this space for more information…
Catriona Smyth has completed her monumental survey of the Soroby and Kirkapol graveyards, producing a database of transcribed inscriptions (where legible) and photographs of all the stones, translations of any Gaelic inscriptions and cemetery maps showing the locations of all stones. This is all now available online via An Iodhlann’s website or by visiting www.tireegraves.org.uk.
Original hand-drawn map of the smaller section of Kirkapol Cemetery, An Cladh Beag, researched by Catriona Smyth in 2014-2015.
Original hand-drawn map of the larger section of Kirkapol Cemetery, An Cladh Mòr, researched by Catriona Smyth in 2014-2015.