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Transcript of a report submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in Tobermory regarding poaching in the Isle of Coll in 1870. A number of poachers were seen in Coll, particularly in Gallanach and Cornaig. The men are referred to as ‘East Country fishermen’, and two are named as William Taylor and James Watt.

The transcript contains correspondence between John L Stewart Esq (Chamberlain’s Office), William Sproat Esq (Procurator Fiscal, Tobermory), Matthew Rae (keeper, Coll) and Duncan Cameron (Constable, Tiree) and John Baxter (Coll).

Statements are provided from: Mr Weirs (shepherd), Mr Campbell (Cornaig), Mr John Campbell (Cornaig), Matthew Rae (keeper), Andrew Ferguson (shepherd), Neile McInnes (described as ‘one of Mr Campbell’s men’), Alexander MacKinnon (Cornaig).

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