Township: balevullin

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Black and white photograph of Mary MacLean, Balevullin.

Mary MacLean with two sheep photographed by George Holleyman outside her thatched cottage in Balevullin in the early 1940s. Note the whale vertebrae in the foreground.



Mary MacLean of Balevullin

Photograph of Mary MacLean of Balevullin at her spinning wheel.


Courtesy of Ms Linda Gowans

George Holleyman, an archaeologist in the RAF police posted to Tiree during World War II, photographed Mary MacLean at her spinning wheel in the garden of her croft at Balevullin. Mary kept five cows and around twenty-five sheep and grew no crops other than potatoes.

To the right of the photograph is the top stone of a rotary quern. It is thought that rotary querns were introduced to Britain by the Romans around 2,000 years ago. Two women would sit on the ground with the quern between them, feeding grain into the central hole in the upper stone which was rotated by hand using a handle.

This was enormously time-consuming work. In ‘The Statistical Account of Scotland’ of the 1790s, Rev. Archibald MacColl estimated ‘by the lowest calculation, the work of 50 women is yearly lost at grinding’.

Black and white photograph of Mary MacLean, Balevullin.

Mary MacLean spinning wool in her garden at Balevullin, photgraphed by George Holleyman in the early 1940s. Note the drystone walling and quern stone.


Photocopied book extract `List of Inhabitants of Tyree and their Age in September 1779` edited by Eric Cregeen.

The inhabitants listed by township and family.

Click here to view extract 1997.54.1 Cornaigmore


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.


Souvenir programme for the Diamond Jubilee Gathering of the Tiree Association, 1960, with photocopy.

Concert programme for the Diamond Jubilee Gathering of the Tiree Association held in St Andrew`s Halls, Glasgow on 18/11/1960 with articles about the Chairman, Detective Supt. Charles M. MacNeill, 60 years of the Tiree Association and the Great Tea Race of 1866.


Audio cassette recording of Alasdair Straker interviewed by Maggie Campbell in Balemartine on 9/10/02.

Maggie Campbell talks to Alasdair Straker of Balemartine in January 2002 about working with Willie Bunting in the 1950s delivering stores to the shops; the ferries; the shops in Balemartine, Balinoe, Balevullin, Baugh, Cornaig, Salum and Vaul and the butchers in Scarinish, Balevullin, Salum and Kenovay.

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