Tag Archives: livestock


Collection of Clydesdale stud books 1933-1948

Collection of 11 Clydesdale horse stud books belonging to Alec MacLean, Rubha Cottages, Tiree, listing foals, mares and stallions by stud number, for the years: 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948. Includes list of stallions that travelled districts or served mares, list of winners of the society`s premiums, horse obituary, roll of members of Clydesdale Horse Society, index of horses, index of breeders and owners.


Clydesdale pedigree cards, photos and notice of meeting

Collection of four Clydesdale horse pedigree cards, two black & white photos of Clydesdale horses (with John MacLean, Cornaigbeg, Tiree?), an invitation to a meeting of the Tiree Heavy Horse Breeding Society in Scarinish School on 20th Feb. 1943 addressed to Mr John MacLean, The Brae, Cornaigbeg, Tiree, and a newspaper cutting “Clydesdale Export Trade Revives”. All items were between the pages of a collection of Clydesdale horse stud books from 1933 to 1948 belonging to Alec MacLean, Tiree.


Donald MacIntyre and Lady Dawn

Photograph of Donald MacIntyre with his Clydesdale mare Lady Dawn of Gott.


Courtesy of Mrs Claudia Ferguson-Smyth

Donald MacIntyre was photographed with his Clydesdale mare Lady Dawn of Gott in the summer of 2006 by Claudia Ferguson-Smyth. Dawn is looking somewhat dejected. She has been tormented by clegs (horse-flies); the lumps from their bites can be seen on her flanks.

Donald has bred Clydesdale horses for nearly seventy years and exhibited them regularly at the Highland Show at Ingleston outside Edinburgh. He once won fourth prize for a three-year-old mare in the 1970s and enjoyed competing in the horse-shoeing events.

From a long line of blacksmiths in Gott, Donald has always made and fitted the shoes for his own horses. Before the days of tractors he used to go to Coll every March and November for about a fortnight to shoe horses and repair farm implements. His is the last working smithy on Tiree.

Colour photograph of Donald MacIntyre of Gott with his Clydesdale mare Lady taken in the summer of 2006.

Donald MacIntyre of Gott with his Clydesdale mare Lady photographed in the summer of 2006 by Claudia Ferguson-Smyth.


Minidisk recording of Tom MacMillan of Rothesay talking to Maggie Campbell on 22/7/2007.

Tom MacMillan of Eskchraggan Farm in Rothesay talks to Maggie Campbell in July 2007 about his visit to the Agricultural Show with his Clydesdale horses Jock and Jeannie, the ploughing demonstration he gave at 6 Kenovay, and the breeding and welfare of Clydesdale horses.


Audio recordings of Jean MacCallum of Balevullin talking to Maggie Campbell on 20/6/2007.

Two cassette tapes (labelled AC430 1 & 2) of Jean MacCallum, Balevullin, talking with Maggie Campbell in June 2007. Tape 1 – about her trip to Orkney with Tiree Rural Development, the differences and similarities between the farming practices and way of life there, and the different resources on Orkney. Tape 2 – about her trip with Tiree Rural Development to Orkney and the hand-knitted jackets and waistcoats made there.


Minidisk recording of Lachie MacFadyen of Caoles talking to Maggie Campbell on 4/7/2007.

Lachie MacFadyen of Caoles talks to Maggie Campbell in July 2007 about the Tiree Rural Development to Orkney, how Orkney compare with Tiree, the crofting techniques practised there, the famous bere barley mill, their religious beliefs and the Italian Chapel decorated by Italian POWs.