Tag Archives: post offices and postmen

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Digitised copy of a letter from Hugh MacDiarmid (factor to the Duke of Argyll) to A M Cunynghame Esq., Surveyor General, General Post Office, Edinburgh, dated 25 May 1891.

The letter discusses the best route for conveying the mail and a proposed route through Oban, Tobermory, Coll, Tiree and Mull, including Bunessan and Pennyghael. The letter also mentions: transport links, particularly trains and boats, including arrival and departure times; a comparison of population sizes in Tiree, Coll and Bunessan; the need to consult the Duke of Argyll on the matter; the speed of mail delivery and that it it was previously possible to get to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh in one day.

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


Digitised copy of Copy memorial by Malcolm McLaurine, chamberlain of Tiree, to the Duke of Argyll, 1 Nov 1803, with subsequent correspondence with James Ferrier, the 5th Duke of Argyll’s lawyer (2 sets).

The main topic of the correspondence is the prospect of McLaurin being provided a farm at Balephuil. The correspondence also mentions: the farm occupied by McLaurin at Crossapol; the prospect of farms at Balephuil and Crossapol being divided into crofts; the prospect of converting the Chamberlain’s house at Crossapol into a church or inn and granary; the purchase of cattle and the distemper which can affect them; the subject of McLaurin ‘grasping’ at a farm in Balemartine; the Post Office; Mr McLean of Coll; value of land in Coll; mail lands; rent; Hector MacLean’s lease at ‘Haynish’; Balephuil March Dykes; planned improvements to the island.

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


Bagpipes (disassembled) belonging to postman Archibald McLean (d.1951) of Dunview Cottage (thatched house), Scarinish. Archie would practice playing the pipes outside the house. Archie married Janet MacTaggart, Earnal (b. Greenock). Their daughter Katie (Catriona Archie Mhor) worked in the telephone exchange in Scarinish.


Black & white photograph of GPO engineer Donald Quintin Campbell standing by his company van in summer 1950. Donald, or Donnie or DQ as he was known, was one of the first and longest serving telephone engineers on Tiree. He was sent to the island for a few months under protest in 1948, but ended up staying for 21 years. In 1954, Donald married Jessie MacLean Kennedy of Kilmoluaig, and they lived in Machair House, Ruaig, which was owned by the GPO at the time.

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