Iron head of a sledge hammer made in a blacksmith’s forge by welding together strips of iron (which is the reason that it is not very hard and the ends are mangled). Found in a wall in Balephetrish.
Medieval brass ingot for smithing from a collection of around 200 bronze objects found by amateur archaeologist George Holleyman at Balevullin in 1941-43, when he served at RAF Tiree during WWII. Identified by Dr Colleen Batey, Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Glasgow University and David Caldwell, retired Keeper of Medieval Department at the National Museum of Scotland during a visit to An Iodhlann on 29th April 2016.
Township history for Caoles researched and written by Hector MacPhail.
Information about prominent people and places in Caoles – Caoles smiddy, Neil MacDonald, Calum MacDonald, corn mill at Milton, master mariners, ministers, bards, the Camerons of Miodar, the MacDonalds of Milton, emigrants, the MacLeans of Caoles, An Acarsaid, Lonamar.
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Two smithing grips
Two long-handled grips or tongs used by smiddies/blacksmiths, one with a straight flat grip, the other with a curved pincing grip.