Tag Archives: emigration

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2024.3.1

Softback book “The McArthur – Burleigh Family History” by Megan Smiles, Australia, 2023.

The author descends from Hector McArthur b 1808 Heylipol, Tiree, emigrated to Australia 1838, brother of James MacArthur 1812-1891

Researches family history from McArthur of Tiree and Scotland more widely – Doyle, McDonald and Best. Also Burleigh / Burley of Cavan and Fermanagh on the border of today’s Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Donated by the author via our genealogist Flo Straker.

2024.1.1

Newspaper article – from the Newcastle Herald, Australia, Thursday Mar 2, 2000.  John MacFadyen emigrated from Tiree to Australia. He is third from the left and has “Trea McFadyn” on his L arm.  He was the treasurer of the miners’ union when he died of pneumonia at 67 years, 11 September 1900. He worked his way up from the pits to being a Checkwayman.

2022.30.2

Digitised copy of a letter from John G Campbell to the Duke of Argyll, 8 May 1865. Campbell sends a report on the state of Tiree schools; the increasing number of scholars in Kirkapol; the need for a stand for children’s plaids and shawls in wet weather; bringing the school under government inspection; attendance at Balephuil; remarks on the teacher at Balephuil; remarks on Mr McCowan at Balevullin; declining attendance at Free Church schools; presentation of prizes by Mr Geekie; aversion to emigration and comments on the reasons for this.

Attached is a table entitled ‘Schools in the Island of Tiree Examined March 1865’ containing data for Kirkapol, Heylipol, Balevullin, Balephuil, and Cornaig. Contains figures for: the number attending; number present at examination; number on the roll studying reading, writing, arithmetic, English grammar, geography, Latin, Greek, geometry and mathematics, algebra, book-keeping.

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

2021.54.47

Transcript of Inventory of Precognition against Lachlan Galbraith on charges of fraud and Breach of the Peace in April 1862. Galbraith (teacher, Callert, Inverness-shire) was accused of misusing funds raised to buy passage to Canada, and of causing a breach of the peace in the Isle of Coll. The statements mention that Galbraith claimed to be noted for translating books from English into Gaelic.

Statements are provided by:
Lachlann MacTaggart Galbraith (teacher, Callert)
Willliam Malcolm (Excise Officer, Bunessan, Mull)
Charles MacQuarie (merchant, Bunessan, Mull)
Lachlan Macphail (merchant, Bunessan, Mull)
John McDonald (retired parochial school master, Bunessan, Mull)
Reverend Robert Stewart (Assapol, Mull)
Nicol MacIntyre (tacksman, Knockvaolagain [Knockvologan], Mull)
Angus MacInnes (teacher, Isle of Iona)
June MacColl or Smith (wife of James Smith [lightkeeper], Hynish, Tiree)
Jessie Bannatyne or Sanderson (wife of Thomas Sanderson [lightkeeper] Hynish, Tiree)
Malcolm Livingston (teacher, Kirkapol, Tiree)
Reverend John Gregorson Campbell (The Manse, Gott, Tiree)
Duncan Martin (drainer, Heylipol)
Reverend Lachlan Macdonald (Mannal, Tiree)
Reverend James MacColl (lives with Donald McLean [brother in law], Arileod, Coll)
Duncan MacArthur (drainer, Grimsary, Coll)
Mary Maclean (residing at Knock-a-vada, Arinagour, Coll)
Ann MacKenzie (residing at Knock-a-vada, Arinagour, Coll)
John Johnston Junior (son of and residing with John Johnston Senior, Arnabost, Coll)
Allan MacLean (farmer, Mippost, Coll)
Niel Macfadyen (farm servant, Cliad, Coll)
James Hawthorn (innkeeper, Arinagour, Coll)
William Tait Meikle (clerk to firm of J & A Allan Merchants and Shipping Agents, No 70 Great Clyde Street, Glasgow. Residing at No 10 Abbotsford Place, Lauriston, Glasgow)

This record contains details of an attempted sexual assault. Click to read a transcript of this item.

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

2021.53.78

Digitised copy of Letter from Malcolm McLaurine, chamberlain of Tiree, to the Duke of Argyll, 15 Apr 1803. McLaurine discusses: carrying out the plan of four mail lands; threat of emigration; crofts; joint occupation of the mail lands; obtaining compliance with the mail lands scheme; fishing; mills; encroachment of the Reef; barley and distilling; smuggling of gin brandy and tobacco. In a post script, McLaurine discusses tenants, mail lands, and quarrying tools.

Click to view a record for this item on Inveraray’s online catalogue.

Click to read a transcript of this item.

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

2021.53.77

Digitised Copy letter from Captain Archibald Campbell, secretary to the Duke of Argyll, to Malcolm McLaurine, chamberlain of Tiree, 8 Apr 1803. Campbell discusses: plans surrounding the division of the island into four mail lands; emigration; selecting ‘quiet and industrious’ tenants for joint occupancy of the mail lands; mills; postponing building of the schoolhouses.

Click to read a transcript of this item.

Click to view a record for this item on Inveraray’s online catalogue.

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

2020.41.1

Bound extract from ‘Kenneth Cameron Family Chronicle’ by Gordon Cameron Richardson, Canada, 2020, about Kenneth Cameron, Balevullin (1816-1871), who emigrated to Canada in 1850 with his wife Agnes (Ann) Morrison on board the ‘Conrad’. They settled on a 100 acre farm in Osprey Township, Grey County in the early 1850s. Kenneth’s great-great grandfather, also Kenneth Cameron, was born in Balevullin in around 1734. The full text includes all Canadian family and descendants, and is available from An Iodhlann in pdf format.

Click here to view 2020.41.1 extract

2019.79.1

Family history of the descendants of Archibald McKinnon, Vaul (1844-1902), who emigrated to Sydney, Australia, as a ship’s carpenter aboard the ‘City of Grafton’ paddle steamer in 1876. Archibald married Elizabeth (Betsy) Cowling in 1877, and had 8 children: Malcolm MacKinnon, Archibald John MacKinnon, Donald MacKinnon, Thomas Leslie MacKinnon, Ebeneezer Neil MacKinnon, Joseph Stanley MacKinnon, Alexander Douglas MacKinnon and Hugh Hector MacKinnon. Thomas’s son, Graeme MacKinnon (1921-2000,) became an Antarctic explorer and geographer responsible for mapping Antarctica. McKinnon Island and McKinnon Glacier in the Antarctic are named after him.

Includes photographs, letters, certificates and other documents compiled by Nicole Lesley McKinnon, Australia.

Click here to view 2019.79.1 Thomas and Graeme. See also 2011.51.1

2019.57.1

Colour-printed scans of documents from the Argyll Papers, Inveraray Castle, displayed in An Iodhlann during the ‘Written in the Landscape’ exhibtion, 2019:

1. Sketch of the set of Tiree attempting to show where tenancies of 4 Mail Lands are practicable, 22 March 1803. (Ref: Argyll Papers PFV 65/75)

2. Statement showing the number of tenants and cottars and the livestock held by them on the Island of Tiree in 1848. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/3035)

3. Plan of the farm of Kenavay in the island of Tirii now divided into thirteen farms nearly to four male lands each, surveyed and divided by George Langlands, 1802. (Ref: Argyll Papers PV19/04)

4. List of men levied in the Island of Tiree for the Regiment of Fencibles of Argyllshire, 1759. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/324)

5. Plan of encroachments made upon the Reef by the taxman of the farm of Balephetrish… [by George Langlands, ca 1802]. (Ref: Argyll Papers PV 19/08)

6. Roll of arrears for tenants in Tiree in 1764. (Ref: Argyll Papers PFV 65/32)

7. Account of cash expended by the Bailie of Tiree on recruiting for the West Fencibles, summer and harvest 1778. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/324)

8. Sales brochure for Tiree, 1904. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/2766)

9. Letter from MacDiarmid to the Duke dated 1884 regarding shebeening women. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/906/10)

10. Letter from MacQuarrie to Wylie dated 1876 regarding Flora Lamont of Balephuil selling whisky. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/907)

11. Letter dated 1847 from Lord Lorne to Lord Grey about those Tiree inhabitants who can and cannot afford to emigrate. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/1531)

12. Postcard showing Kenavara Point from Dun Hiader, undated. (Ref: Argyll Papers Acc 2016/01)

13. Letter dated 1806 from Malcolm McLaurine, Tiree, describing the progress of Langland’s survey of the island. (Ref: Argyll Papers NRAS 1209/401)

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