Dates: 1700s

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2021.53.39

Digitised copy of Cash disbursed by James Turnbull, land surveyor, whilst going to the isle of Tiree, 1768-1769. Contains an itemised list of expenses for Turnbull’s journey from Grassmarket in Edinburgh to Tiree. There is no transcript available for this item.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

 

2021.53.10

Digitised copy of a document regarding the State of the farms on Tiree, and “the two ends of Coll”, by Balineary, 1748-1749. Compiled by the Factor, each entry provides the tenants name, the length of their tenancy, their present rent/tack duty and a comment on their present circumstances and the Factor’s opinions on the tenants’ ability to pay their rent/tack duty.

Click to view a transcript of this item. Includes several disused township names.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.53.6

Digitised copy of a Memorial concerning the Cess of Tiree, 1746-1747. The memorial contains information on the payment of Cess [tax] in Tiree and Coll, including termly and annual rates.

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From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2021.51.1

A digitised copy of the Argyll Estate Census of 1779, including a List of all the Inhabitants of Tirii and their age in September 1779. This census was commissioned in 1779 by the Duke of Argyll and includes the whole of Tiree, as well as lands in Mull, Iona and mainland Argyll. The information was collected and recorded by tacksmen or church ministers, and their style of recording varies. Relationships within households (e.g. wife, husband, daughter, son, etc.) are not recorded. Married women were recorded by their maiden surname and not by their husband’s surname.

The inside page of the volume contains a loose page with a ‘List of all the Inhabitants of Tiry 1787’, written by Reverend Archibald McColl and dated September 29th 1787. This table records the names of farms with the number of inhabitants divided into males, females, and boys and girls under six years old. McColl notes that ‘the great Increase of late seems mostly owing to the Return of Men from the Army and to Inoculation’.

From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

2022.6.1

Softback booklet ‘Prehistoric Rock Art in Scotland’, 2021. Produced and published by Scotland’s Rock Art Project (ScRAP) and Historic Environment Scotland to raise awareness and appreciation of the thousands of rock carvings made by early farming communities throughout Scotland over 4,000 years ago. Pages 27 and 43 include photographs of Dr John Holliday, Balephuil.

 

2021.43.2

Softback book ‘The Last Laird of Coll’ by Mairi Hedderwick, 2011. The remarkable story of how Kenneth Stewart inherited the estate on the Isle of Coll. Burdened with debt, he spent his life trying to rebuild a livelihood from the estate. On the inside cover, the author has handwritten “For Philippa & Nick [Bristol]. Best wishes, Mairi Hedderwick, Isle of Coll, 2011”.

2021.34.3

Hardback book ‘The Gaelic Songs of Duncan MacIntyre’, edited and translated into English by George Calder, Edinburgh, 1912. Duncan MacIntyre ‘Donnacha Ban nan Oran’ (1745-1812) was a Gaelic bard famed throughout the Highland’s and beyond. Some songs are unusually humorous and satirical. Includes a biography, definitions of some Gaelic place names and a hand-annotated newspaper cutting mentioning Mr Robert Buchanan. Found in ‘Melness’, Cornaigbeg.

2021.50.1

Digitised copy of James Turnbull’s Survey of Tiree, titled ‘Plan of the Island of Tiree in Argyleshire the Property of His Grace The Duke of Argyll. Surveyed and Plan’d Anno 1768/9 by James Turnbull’. The map depicts the Tiree landscape before the modern crofting landscape was created in the nineteenth century, showing clusters of large farming townships separated by rigs of infield and outfield cultivation, common grazing, ‘old danish forts’ and other antiquities.

From the archives of the Dukes of Argyll at Inveraray Castle, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.

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