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Hardback book ‘The Small Regiment, Vol. 1 – Origins of the Clan MacKinnon, 100BCE-1621CE’ by G McKinnon and E E McKinnon. The origins of the Clan MacKinnon and the influences that shaped its history within the context of Hebridean and Scottish history, to 1621. Clan MacKinnon Publishing, Canada, 2017.


Small copper coin known as a Copper Turner or Half Groat (two pence) from the reign of King Charles I 1625-1649. Found near Kenavara. About the size of a modern 1p coin.

Obverse: crowned CR with legend “CAR.D.G.SCOT.ANG.FRA.ET.HIBR” – Charles by the Grace of God, King of Scotland, England, France and Ireland




Reverse: thistle with legend “NEMO ME IMPVNE LACESSET” – No one shall hurt me with impunity

Tiree in 100 Objects – 86 – Copper Turner 

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects


Booklet ‘West Highland Notes & Queries’, Series 4, No. 3, March 2017. Includes articles on the MacLeans of Duart and Lochbuie & the Jacobite Cause 1400-1766 (with references to Tiree), paintings of pipers, ‘The Tacksman Class in Argyllshire 1800-50’, ‘A Visit to Coll in 1831’, and ‘Tiree’s resistance to the Earl of Argyll’s takeover of the Island 1674-1682’ by Nicholas Maclean-Bristol.


Hardback book `Clan Traditions and Popular Tales (Waifs & Strays of Celtic Tradition V. Argyllshire Series)` collected by Rev John Gregorson Campbell, 1895.

Includes several tales featuring Tiree, including ‘The Last Cattle Raid in Tiree’, from page 29 of the book, transcribed below.

The story of the last cattle raid on Tiree was collected by John Gregorson Campbell from local informants while he was serving as the island’s minister between 1861 and 1891. It was published in ‘Clan Traditions and Popular Tales of the Western Highlands and Islands’ in 1895.

John Gregorson Campbell was recognised as one of the greatest authorities on Celtic folklore. His publisher, Alfred Nutt wrote, ‘In person, Campbell was tall and fair, with deep blue eyes full of life and vivacity. He was noted at once for the kindliness of his manner, and the shrewd causticity of his wit.’

An invalid for the last ten years of his life, he lived with his sister Mrs Jessie Wallace in Hynish. He died unmarried in 1891.