Associated People: MacLean, Rev Neil, Gott (1784 - 1859)


Photocopied pages from the annals of the Celtic Society, 1836, in which Rev Neil MacLean, minister on Tiree, reports to George Farquharson, Secretary to the Celtic Society in Edinburgh, the results of the Celtic Society competition for school children on Tiree and Coll. Prize books were awarded for proficiency in arithmetic, writing, english and gaelic. The winning scholars on Tiree attended Kirkapol School – Malcolm MacDougall, Archibald MacKinnon, Donald MacLean, Donald Clarke and Ann MacKinnon; Heylipol School – Allan Campbell, Robert MacFarlane, Flora MacDougall, Christina MacLean, Donald MacIntyre and Catherine Campbell; Hynish School – Allan MacDonald and Hugh MacKinnon. The scholars’ fathers’ names are also listed.

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Softback booklet ‘MacLeans – A Biographical Dictionary of Mull People Mainly in the 18th and 19th centuries’, compiled by Jo Currie, 2002. Includes a section on page 34 about Donald MacLean (McLean; b. 1815) MD, son of the Rev Neil MacLean, minister of Tiree, who was in turn the son of Donald MacLean, minister of the Small Isles.


Photocopied letter from the Kirk Session of Tiree dated 13th June 1821.

Letter dated 13th June 1821, signed by the minister Neil MacLean, the Session Clerk Alexander Mathewson and three others, attesting to the `unimpeached moral character` of Donald MacPhaiden, his wife Catherine MacNaughton and their family and recommending them to `any Christian Society or Congregation` in North America.


Resolution against drinking ardent spirits at funerals

Transcription of a resolution by the minister and Parishioners of Tiree against drinking ardent spirits at funerals.

Courtesy of His Grace the Duke of Argyll

In ‘The Statistical of Account of Scotland’ published in 1845, the minister of Tiree, Rev. Neil MacLean, wrote condemning the practice of ‘drinking ardent spirits at funerals’ and of ‘poor families parting with their last horse or cow, to furnish entertainment of this kind.’

This Resolution of 1847 called on like-minded parishioners to abstain from drinking more than one glassful of spirits at funerals or to pay a penalty of five pounds to benefit the poor of the parish. Rev. MacLean successfully sought the backing of the Duke of Argyll.

In November 1855, the Tiree factor, Lachlan MacQuarie, issued a notice prohibiting the consumption of spirits at ‘weddings, balls, funerals or any other gathering’ by tenants paying less than £30 rent, on pain of dispossession of their lands.


Township history for Gott and Earnal researched and written by Hector MacPhail.

Information about prominent families in Gott and Earnal – MacLeans, MacKinnons, MacIntyres and MacDonalds.

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