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Digitised copy of a Memorandum on Poor Law Matters in Tyree, c1864. Sets out instructions and recommendations for improving the administration of the Poor Law in Tiree and Coll. Refers to ‘slovenly audits and slovenly records’; the use of the Poor House in Tobermory; administration of ‘outdoor relief’ which may ‘deteriorate the character and relax the Industry of the Population’; irregularities in application of Statute between Coll and Tiree, resulting in ‘antagonism’ between the two islands’; difficulties in communicating between the two islands; affairs of Parish in ‘great confusion’; mismanagement, borrowed funds and the need for better management and improved direction.

The Interim Inspector of Poor for the Island of Coll had previously been charged with fraud: see record 2021.54.25.

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


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 449, 28/08/2009

Local news: MSP for Children and Early Years visit; results of the lamb sale; An Iodhlann’s new place names project by Iona Brown; Tiree competitors at Mull half marathon; dates for forthcoming Tiree Wave Classic; community windturbine works progress; Girl Guides reunion on Tiree in 2010; Canadian funders assist An Iodhlann’s genealogy records; Windsurf Club update; information about Tiree High School gala day.


Newsletter `An Tirisdeach`, No. 447, 24/07/2009

Local news: report on the meeting to discuss the Crofters’ Reform Bill; article about Skerryvore’s debut at ‘T in the Park’; forthcoming launch of Skippinish’s live album; Michael Holliday’s article promoting a public event exhibiting Tiree building design; interview with Operations Director of Atlantic Edge Hotels which now runs both the Scarinish and Lodge hotels; opening of new guest house ‘Rockvale’ at Balephetrish; letters to the editor about a visitor’s perspective of island culture, Angus MacPhail’s interview for the Oban Times, and a drunk driving incident; invitation from Strathclyde Police for potential Special Constables to come forward; Job Centre visit to Tiree; RSPB news; corncrake in the office; article by Alan Reid MP; community Powerdown home energy check; responsible access to Tiree’s beaches; conserving water supplies; Tiree Regatta advertisement.


Magazine article about James and Archibald McDowall 1780-1894

Article published in Ancestor Vol. 29 No.3 2008, about the lives and deaths of James McDowall (1780-1821), who was the Excise Officer on Tiree from July 1891 until December 1821 when he died at sea off Coll on the way back from Mull, and his grandson Archibald McDowell (1850-1894), who died during service as a fireman in Melbourne, Australia. Written by Margaret Whitaker, wife of James McDowell`s g-g-g-grandson, in 2008. Includes a letter from Margaret Whitaker to An Iodhlann in January 2011.

Click here to view 2011.13.1

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