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Archie MacLean of Cornaigmore

Photograph of Archie MacLean of Cornaigmore.


Courtesy of Mr Reg Knapman

Born in 1848, Archie MacLean was the son of Charles MacLean and his wife Christina MacDonald, the sister-in-law of Rev. Archibald Farquharson. The youngest of the family, Archie was brought up with his brother Donald and sister Mary on the family croft on Cornaigmore sliabh.

As well farming up to twenty acres, his father Charles was a master wheelwright and turner, skills that he passed on to his younger son. A spinning wheel made by Archie can be seen in the background of the photograph.

Archie, known as Èairdsidh Tuairneir (Archie the Turner), never married and died in 1942 aged ninety-three. A number of his spinning wheels survive in good working condition today; there is at least one in Scarinish, as well as one in Sussex and another in Germany.

Black and white photograph of Archie MacLean, Cornaigmore sliabh.

Archie MacLean known as Archie the Turner (1849-1942) of Cornaigmore sliabh, brother of Donald MacLean (see photo C68)


Audio cassette recording of Grace Campbell, Tullymet, talking to Liz Lapsley.

Grace Campbell talks to Liz Lapsley about her family and childhood memories, her schooldays, her life as a teacher, the loss of her parents and the shop, Scarinish Hotel and licencing, her mother`s working day, the hardships of youth, the start of the W.R.I., tinkers, blacksmiths, joiners, funerals, the first cars on Tiree, the plane landing on Gott Bay shore, local events and traditions.


Audio cassette recording of Angus MacLean, Scarinish, interviewed by Maggie Campbell in 2000.

Angus MacLean talks to Maggie Campbell about the crofts in Caoles going back to the 18th century, blacksmiths, boat-builders, stone masons and tailors, the mill in Caoles, standing stones and the stories and legends associated with them, the school and the many bards who came from there including Bard Thighearna Cholla.


Photocopy of book `Argyll Estates Instructions` edited by Eric Cregeen.

The instructions given by John, the 5th Duke of Argyll to his Chamberlain in Mull and Morvern and his Chamberlain in Tiree with an introduction by Eric Cregeen.