Transcript of an Inventory of Precognition regarding the sudden death of Allan Brown in 1859. Allan Brown, aged 9, drowned in a boating accident in Salum bay while playing truant from school. The report mentions the boys finding a small fishing yawl at the end of the bay at ‘Salum loch’, and that the yawl floated toward ‘Ellen a Ghrewer’ (possibly Eilean nan Gobhar).
Statements are provided by:
James Anderson (surgeon, Tiree)
Finlay Fraser (detective constable, Tiree)
James McLean (aged 9 years, son of Neil McLean, Vaul)
Donald MacFadyen (aged 8 years, son of Alexander MacFadyen, Vaul)
James MacLean (aged 9 years, son of Niel Maclean, Kirkapoll)
Hugh MacDougall (aged 11 years, son of John MacDougall, Vaul)
Hugh MacFadyen (aged 37 years, farmer, Salum)
Allan MacDonald (aged 15 years, herd with Allan MacFadyen, Caoles)
Alexander MacDonald (aged 13 years, son of Duncan MacDonald, Salum)
Isabella Henderson or Brown (aged 37 years widow of the deceased Charles Brown, Vaul)
Alexander Henderson (aged 42 years, fisherman, Mannal – maternal uncle of Allan Brown)
This report contains details of the death of a young child and descriptions of their body. A copy of this transcript is not available online. Please contact An Iodhlann if you would like to consult this record.
From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.