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Transcript of a report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal regarding an assault in Achadaphail farm, Ardtun, on the Isle of Mull in September 1859. Peggy or Margaret Morrison is accused of attacking Mary Campbell with a pair of iron tongs and using profane and ‘unbecoming’ language against her.

Statements are provided from:

Mary Campbell (servant to and residing with Donald McGillvray at Auchadafail farm, originally from Gortendonald in Tiree)
Julian McFadyen or McGillvray (wife of Donald McGillvray, drover and crofter, Acadaphail farm, Ardtun)
John Macfarlane (Police Constable, Bunessan)
Allan Cameron (Sergeant of Police, Tobermory)
John McNab (Doctor, Bunessan)
Peggy or Margaret Morrison (Achadaphail farm, Ardtun)

Click to read a transcript of this item.

From the liveArgyll Archives in Lochgilphead, made available through the Written in the Landscape project.


Set of butter-making tools from the 1940s: (1) hand-turned glass ‘Blow’ butter churn, (2) pair of wooden butter pats, (3) round, wooden butter mould with a barley design carved into the imprint.


Simple white clay pipe adorned with three metal bands marked ‘ECB London’, ‘MS’ and ‘U’, and ‘EP’, which probably came from other pipes.

Dr D A Higgins of the Society for Pipe Research, told us that it is a typical Scottish clay pipe of late C19th or early C20th date.  Thick, chunky pipes like this were favoured in Scotland and made by many different manufacturers.  Those from the larger firms often had a pattern number on the left hand side of the stem [this one does not].

The metal bands are nothing to do with the pipe, but could well have come from others. Briar pipes typically had a metal band like these to join the wooden bowl with a vulcanite stem. Some, more expensive, clays with stems of vulcanite or other materials also had a metal band.  The diamond-shaped band could have come from a ‘Bulldog’ pattern of pipe, which had a diamond-shaped stem section. These bands would have been made since the mid C19th as composite pipes only really came into circulation after around 1850.


Photographs of three items belonging to the family of island factor Hugh MacDiarmid (1846-1928), who lived at Island House, Heylipol, during 1876-1928. Top: an Entada phasaeoloides ‘sea-bean’ found on the beach by the factor’s daughter, Meta MacDiarmid, and made into a pendant for her (possibly by her fiancee). Middle: brass plaque from a wooden box of silver plated cutlery presented by people of Tiree to Meta on her marriage. Bottom: a coffee or chocolate pot presented by the Duke of Argyll to Hugh MacDiarmid in 1906, probably on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

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