Tag Archives: ross of mull

2021.54.98

Transcript of Precognition of Witnesses against Hugh MacDonald on charges of Malicious Mischief in 1885. The transcript provides details of how Hugh MacDonald (Moss) took possession of a house in Moss. Statements are provided by:

Donald McMillan (cottar, Moss)
John McNeill (fisherman, Balevullin)
Christy (or Cursty) McDonald of McNeill (wife of Donald McNeill, Balevullin)
Peggy Beaton of Carmichael (widow, Ross of Mull)
Hugh Macdiarmid (factor to the Duke of Argyll, Tiree)
Angus Macdonald (shepherd, Moss)
Alexander Buchanan (Medical Officer for the Parochial Board of Tiree)

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

2021.54.75

Transcript of an Inventory of Precognition investigating the sudden death of Donald MacDonald on 2 February 1870. MacDonald (apprentice joiner, Caoles) died aged 21 on board the Dunvegan Castle Steamer at Loch Laich, Bunessan Harbour, Mull.

Statements are provided by:
Alexander Buchanan (Surgeon, Tiree)
George Black (surgeon, Tobermory)
Alexander MacFadyen (boatman, Scarinish)
John MacLean (seaman, Cornaigbeg)
Archibald MacDonald (tailor, residing in Glasgow)
Hugh MacDonald (son of and residing with Alexander MacDonald, Caoles. Brother of the deceased)
Alexander MacDonald (Caoles, Tiree. Father of the deceased)

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

2021.54.54

Transcript of Inventory of Precognition regarding the sudden death of Niel McIntyre (aged 45, son of and residing with Duncan McIntyre, Knockvolagan, Mull) on 3 January 1863. The transcript contains a Medical Report by Dr John McNab (Bunessan), a Police Report by John McFarlane (Constable) and a Petition by William Sproat, Procurator Fiscal.

Statements are provided by:
Janet Maci[…]ain or MacIntyre (wife of Donald Macintyre, Ardalanish. Sister-in-law of the deceased. This name is provided later in the document as ‘Janet McIlvam or McCallum Intyre’)
Marian Macdonald (house servant to Nicol Macintyre, Tacksman of Knockvolagan)
John MacFarlane (ploughman to Nicol MacIntyre, Knockvolagan)
Archibald MacIntyre (shepherd to Nicol MacIntyre, Knockvolagan)
Nicol MacIntyre (tacksman, Knockvolagan. Brother of the deceased)

The transcript mentions an injury incurred by Niel MacIntyre at Calman Island (Eilean a’ Chalmain) six years previously.

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

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.

2021.54.28

Transcript of a Police Report against Effy McKinnon or McDonald on the charges of theft in June 1860. Effy McKinnon or McDonald (wife of John McDonald, Erabus, Ardtun) is charged with stealing peats from a peat stack belonging to belonging to Gilbert McDonald (crofter, Balemartine, Tiree) situated near the moss in Ardtun, Isle of Mull.

Statements are provided from Gilbert McDonald (crofter, Balemartine) and James McLean (crofter, Balemartine).

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

 

2021.54.33

Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal regarding the sudden death of Archibald Campbell (crofter, Iochdar [Jochdar], Ardtun, Isle of Mull) on 5 March 1860. Campbell had been engaged to marry Flora McInnes (Tiree). The report was submitted by John MacFarlane, Constable, and contains statements from:

James Campbell (fisherman, Iochdar, Ardtun. Brother of the deceased)
Margaret Campbell (wife of John Campbell, Iochdar, Ardtun)
John Campbell (fisherman, Iochdar, Ardtun. Brother-in-Law of deceased)
Neil Campbell (labourer, Achadaphail, Ardtun)

The report contains a short passage, perhaps unrelated, regarding the theft of coals on 16 February 1860.

A copy of this transcript is not available online. Please contact An Iodhlann if you would like to consult this record.

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

2021.54.27

Transcript of a Police Report against Flora Campbell on the charges of theft in April 1860. Flora Campbell (daughter of Mary Ferguson, Taoslin, Ardtun; residing with Malcolm Black, sailor, Lower Ardtun) is charged with stealing peats from a peat stack belonging to Hugh McKinnon (crofter, Heanish, Tiree) on the shore of Lower Ardtun, Isle of Mull.

Statements are provided from Dugald Douglass (pauper, Lower Ardtun), Janet McLucas (residing with Widow McLucas, Lower Ardtun), Meron Smith (general servant, Lower Ardtun) and Constable John MacFarlane.

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

2021.53.20

Digitised copy of a Memorial by Donald Campbell, factor in Tiree, 1754. In this memorial proposes to take a nineteen years tack of the two ends of the Isle of Icolmkill [Iona] and of the farm of Ardfinaig [Ardfenaig] in Ross of Mull.

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

2007.93.1

Police report on the theft of peats

Transcription of a police report on the theft of peats from the Tiree peat moss in the Ross of Mull in 1860.

Courtesy of Argyll & Bute Archives

In 1801 the 5th Duke of Argyll instructed his chamberlain of Tiree: ‘No peats to be allowed to crofters from the mosses in the island, which are nearly exhausted, but coals must be imported…They can be allowed to take peats from Ross in Mull if they chuse.’

In the previous century the people of Tiree had frequently resorted to the peat mosses in the Ross of Mull for their fuel, a practice that continued, some say, until the beginning of the 20th century. The men and boys would sail over to the Ross in the spring to cut and stack the peats, returning later in the year to ferry the dried peats back to Tiree.

In 1860 Effy MacKinnon of Ardtun appeared before Sheriff Robertson in Tobermory charged with stealing peats belonging to Gilbert MacDonald of Balemartine. She was found guilty and sentenced to six days imprisonment.

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