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Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal by John MacDougall (Constable) concerning the cutting and carrying of bent grass on the Island of Gunna in December 1873.

Statements are provided by: Lachlan MacDougall (shepherd) and Hugh MacLean Senior (crofter, Coalis [Caolas], Tiree).

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



Photocopied extract ‘Island of Tiree’ from the report of the excursion of the Cambrian Archaeological Association to the Western Islands of Scotland, Orkney and Caithness in June 1899. Includes geographical and historical descriptions of the island and detailed observations of archaeological sites at Soroby, Kilbride, Ardchain, Kirkapoll, Kilchennich and Kilmoluag, plus mention of Gunna Islet.


Photograph of the road to Caoles from Croish in 1983

Colour photograph of the view from Croish House, Caoles, looking towards Gunna Sound in 1983. (original stored on CD in filing cabinet 10 drawer 1)



Photograph of Christine MacDonald, Scarinish, receiving a Silk Cut Nautical Award in 1991

Black & white photograph of Christine MacDonald (MacClounnan, nee MacFarlane) receiving a Silk Cut Nautical Award at the Dorchester Hotel in London in 1991. Christine rescued her boyfriend Kenneth MacLounnan, Balephuil, when the fishing boat `Travee`, skippered by Kevan Brown, Balephuil, sank in Gunna Sound in 1991. (see also newspaper cuttings 2012.74.1 and award 2012.74.2).



Silk Cut Nautical Award presented to Christine MacClounnan (nee MacFarlane) in 1991.

Silk Cut Nautical Award presented to Christine MacClounnan (nee MacFarlane) at the Dorchester Hotel in London in 1991, for her bravery when rescuing her husband Kenneth MacClounnan, Balephuil, from drowning. The couple were out in Kevan Brown`s, Balephuil, fishing boat `Travee` in Gunna Sound when a freak wave wrecked the boat. Christine prevented Kenneth (who could not swim) from being washed out to sea by dragging him ashore with her – an effort that took an hour of swimming in difficult conditions. Glass and brass on marble plinth.


Section of sub-sea power cable between Tiree & Gunna

Section of the sub-sea power cable that conducts electricity to Tiree from the mainland. The section was cut from between Gunna and Tiree when the power cable was broken and replaced in 2011. Three-phase current at 11,000 volts (compared with the Islay cable which operates at 33,000 volts). Yellow and black outer sheath, inner protection of ring of steel wires, followed by ring of lead insulation around inner electrical cable of three copper cores.


Book “To the Islands”

Hard-back book “To the Islands” by the archaeologist Professor Steven Mithen, University of Reading, about his years of searches for evidence of prehistoric communities in the Hebridean islands. Includes Tiree, Gunna and Coll in chapters 12-14 & 19. Signed by the author with a note to Dr John Holliday, An Iodhlann.