Tag Archives: sea captains

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2021.54.38

Transcript of Precognition of Witnesses against John MacDonald on charges of fraud, October 1860.

John MacDonald (of Tobermory) was working as pilot on board the steamer Cantie Queen in August 1860 when he was approached by Roderick McKenzie and John Campbell on behalf of John MacDonald (the accused) with an offer to work as Master of the smack Mary Balfour. Later, MacDonald (of Tobermory) was asked to wreck the vessel at Barra for the sum of £20.

The report makes mention of various locations, including: Lancefield Quay, Glasgow; John Rankin’s Spirit Celler, Broomielaw; Londonderry; Jeantown, Lochcarron; Davidsons spirit Cellar near Lancefield Quay; McLachlan’s Spirit Shop, Jamaica Street; the Clyde Hotel, Broomielaw; Crinnan; the Isle of Canna; Custom House, Glasgow.

Statements are provided by: John MacDonald (seaman, Craigspure, Tobermory) and Neil Darroch (seaman, Tobermory).

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

2021.54.34

Transcript of Precognition of Witnesses submitted to Henry Nisbet, Tobermory Procurator Fiscal, regarding the sudden deaths of Malcolm McKinnon and Ann or Nancy MacDougall or Burnett on 3 October 1860. McKinnon and MacDougall/Burnett died when a mail packet ran ashore in Glenbeg, near Loch Sunart, during a storm. Statements are provided from:

Hector Lamont (master and owner of a mail packet, Kirkapol. Brother-in-Law of Malcolm McKinnon, deceased)
Archibald McFadyen (seaman, Kirkapol)
Niel McLean (crofter, Ruaig)
Niel McKinnon (Arinagour, Coll)
Alexander Campbell (Inland Revenue Officer, Broadford, Isle of Skye. Sister-in-Law of Ann or Nancy McDougall or Burnett)

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

 

2021.54.14

Transcript of a report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal charging Donald McKenzie (Coll) with assault in March 1857. McKenzie is accused of assaulting John Murdoch (Captain of the yacht Davor), after leaving the Inn at Arinagour, Coll. Statements are provided by John McPherson (residing with Peter McPherson, Coll Inn) and Lachlan Johnston (ground officer, Coll).

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

2022.1.2

Small black & white photograph of a memorial stone dedicated to John MacKechnie ‘Master Mariner’ (1861-1916), his son Malcolm MacKechnie (16 months) and daughter Margaret MacKechnie (5 years). Erected by their wife and mother Margaret MacKinnon. The trees in the background suggest that it is not in Tiree.

2021.46.1

Two black & white photographs of John MacCorquodale, 16 Crossapol, son of Donald & Mary (nee Cameron) MacCorquodale, formerly of Kilmoluaig. John served in the Merchant Navy and was Chief Officer on the SS Rio Blanco when his ship was torpedoed by a U-boat in the North Atlantic on 1 April 1942. He and some of the crew survived in a lifeboat. They were rescued after 12 days at sea but John died just one day before rescue.

2021.54.82

Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal by John MacDougall (Constable) charging William Lachlan and Malcolm Gilchrist with Breach of the Public Peace on 14 November 1872. Lachlan (bower, Gallanach, Coll) and Gilchrist (farmer, Totaronald, Coll) are accused of fighting outside of the grocer shop occupied by Henry Whitelaw in Arinagour.

Captain Hector Lamont (Vaul, Tiree) and John Paterson (farmer, Arnabost, Coll) are named as witnesses.

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

2020.52.6

Scanned copy of a newspaper obituary for Captain Allan Campbell (b. ca 1900), Scarinish, in around 1980. Allan Campbell was a deep-sea mariner all his life, including serving in the Merchant Navy during WWII.

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2020.52.3

Scanned copy of a certificate of qualification belonging to Niall Colin Brown Campbell, Scarinish (b.1933), dated 1964, issued by the Canadian Department of Transport enabling him to pilot ships on the Great Lakes of Ontario and Erie in Canada. Before moving to Glasgow and then Canada, Niall lived at Deobedal, Scarinish.

 

2020.47.1

Extensive account of the genealogy, life and career of Captain James Campbell, Balemartine (1900-1978), by Noni Brown, Australia, 2020. James Campbell left Tiree at 15 years old and worked on ships around the world before settling in Australia where he worked his way up the ranks of the Australian Coastal Shipping Companies. His parents were Neil and Isabel Campbell, Balemartine. The account includes photos, family histories and compositions.

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2020.40.2

Digital copy of ‘The Early Years’, an autobiography by Captain Kenneth Norman MacKenzie, Baugh (1897-1951), Master of the ‘Discovery‘. Written during 1949-1951, Kenneth writes of his life on Tiree as a boy and his eventful career at sea. Includes an addendum written in 2018 by his son, Malcolm MacKenzie. The full text is available from An Iodhlann in pdf format.

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