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Magazine article about James and Archibald McDowall 1780-1894

Article published in Ancestor Vol. 29 No.3 2008, about the lives and deaths of James McDowall (1780-1821), who was the Excise Officer on Tiree from July 1891 until December 1821 when he died at sea off Coll on the way back from Mull, and his grandson Archibald McDowell (1850-1894), who died during service as a fireman in Melbourne, Australia. Written by Margaret Whitaker, wife of James McDowell`s g-g-g-grandson, in 2008. Includes a letter from Margaret Whitaker to An Iodhlann in January 2011.

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Article in Oban Times 1911 about the annual business meeting of the Scarinish Library Committee

Copy of an article published in the Oban Times on 5th Aug 1911 about the annual business meeting of the Scarinish Library Committee held within the Reading Room of the library. Chaired by Mr Hugh MacDonald, postmaster, secretary and librarian. Also present: Mr MacDiarmid, factor, Rev. D. MacPherson and Mr Kenneth MacKenzie, Scarinish. Mentions death of Dr. Buchanan.


Collection book for subscriptions towards the upkeep of Sorobie Cemetery 1908-1954

Small notebook containing handwritten record of names and amount given towards the upkeep of Sorobie Cemetery between 1908 and 1954. Names include: Donald Lamont (The Land, father of Mary lamont, Mod Gold Medalist), Donald Campbell (“the ban”, grandfather of Alasdair Sinclair Greenhill “Alasdair beag na Cachala”), Gilleasbuig Campbell (his borther), Donald MacLean, Balinoe (his nickname Donald a` Tommy was to do with his hat, great uncle of Willie MacLean, Balinoe), John MacDonald, Sandaig (“Beegee”). Also a small type-written note informing subscribers of Argyll County Council`s failure to keep the cemetery in an orderly state and the need to revive the subscriptions system. The notebook was evidently passed around between subscribers.

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