Tag Archives: quarries

2021.54.49

Transcript of a Police Report charging Allan McFarlane and Hugh McLean with Breach of the Peace in March 1862. McFarlane (labourer at North Bay, Ardfenaig [‘Ardfinaig’], Mull) and McLean (part owner and sailor on board the schooner Mary of Greenock, North Bay, Ardfenaig, Mull) were charged following an incident at the granite quarry in Ardfenaig. The report was written by John MacFarlane (constable, Mull).

Statements are provided from:
John McInnis (labourer at North Bay, Ardfenaig)
Hector McEachern (labourer at North Bay, Ardfenaig)
Donald McGillivray (labourer at North Bay, Ardfenaig)

McFarlane was heard to say that Tiree men ‘would pick up an egg altho[ugh] it would be in the mouth of a dog’.

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

2021.54.48

Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal regarding charges of Assault and Breach of the Peace made against James Masterton, Neil McLachlan and Hugh McLean in Iona in 1862.

Masterton (foreman mason, North Bay Ardifinaig [Ardfenaig], Mull), McLachlan (blacksmith, North Bay, Ardifinaig [Ardfenaig], Mull) and McLean (merchant or inn keeper, Iona) are accused of assaulting James Black (master of the smack Albion of Campbeltown, laying at anchor in Bull Hole Anchorage, Creich, Ross of Mull) in front of ‘the cottage or inn’ in Iona. The Police Report is written by John McFarlane (constable, Bunessan).

Statements are provided from:
James Black (as above)
Charles McInnes (fisherman, Iona)
John McKillop (sailor, Kenshear, Iona)
Dugald McAurthur (son of John McAurthur, Kenshear Iona)
Niel McKay (tailor, residing with widow McCormick, Iona)

McKay states that he saw Black with a man from Tiree who was a smith and working in the quarry.

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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.

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

2021.53.12

Digitised copy of Instructions for the chamberlain of Tiree, 23 October 1750. These instructions were sent from the Duke of Argyll and include: land erosion (particularly at Cladich-chrogan in Balephetrish); quarrying, use of tenants to build a stone barricade; draining the Loch of Kirkapol; cutting of turf; tiends; Lachlan McLean at Ruaig and the building of a lint miln there; tenants in arrears; quarrels with McCualrigs; the pulling of bear [barley] and making gredan meal; growing hempseed on Tiree; sand drifts in Kelis [Caoles], Ballevilline [Balevullin], Keylipol and Quiyeish; arrangements for disposing of the product of the island; the farm at Crossapol; sending salt beef to market; use of planks; Hector McLean of Coll and the rental of the two ends of Coll;  Donald McMillan and the tack of Beist; Memorial of Hector and Alexander McLean, who claaim to be unjustly turned out of their tack of Gott and Vuill by Barnecarry.

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

2012.135.4

Long metal rod used for drilling rock / `jumper`

Long metal (iron?) rod with star-shaped end used for drilling rock in combination with a compressor. From Baugh quarry during WWII. Given to Dr Holliday by Donald MacKinnon, Hough, in response to article in An Tirisdeach.

2012.125.3

Photograph of the Decca Hifix radio camp at West Hynish in 1966.

Black & white photograph of the temporary Decca Hifix radio camp at West Hynish in July 1966, on the left of the picture (on the site that is now Agrimarine`s gravel quarry). The thatched house and barns of the last croft on the road are on the right with stooks in the field. Skerryvore lighthouse is just visible on the horizon.

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2010.8.1

Biography of A.K.Coomaraswamy (1877-1947)

Biography of Sri Lankan geologist A.K.Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) who conducted a survey of the pink and green marble deposits at Balephetrish in 1902. Tiree is mentioned in the list of his published papers in Table 2 (see 2003.16.7 for his survey report).

2010.8.2

Email from Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, re geological survey of Tiree marble by A K Coomaraswamy in 1902

Printout of emails between Dr John Faithfull, Curator of Mineralogy & Petrology, Hunterian Museum, Glasgow and An Iodhlann about the work of A.K.Coomaraswamy, the Sri Lankan geologist who surveyed the green and pink Balephetrish marble deposits in 1902. Includes printouts from the website of the British Geological Survey “GeoScenic” showing photographs of Tiree marble taken by Coomaraswamy.

2009.68.1

Draft report “An Assessment of Aggregate Resources and Requirements on Tiree”, 2002

Draft report on natural aggregate resources on Tiree, their current extraction rates and lifespans, and proposed strategy to safe-guard future resources and minimize environmental impacts. The assessment was carried out by Dr Paul J Henny and Mr Jon Merritt of the British Geological Survey on behalf of Scottish Natural Heritage and Argyll & Bute Council.