Tag Archives: seaweed

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2022.32.2

Digitised copy of a letter from D MacInnes to Lord Archibald Campbell, 7 April 1885.

In the letter MacInnes (4 Battery Terrace, Oban) describes a conversation with an unnamed Tiree man who was born and brought up on the farm of ‘Hianous’ (perhaps Heanish). This unnamed man believes that the people of Tiree are better treated than on any other estate, but that only one half of the population can afford a comfortable living. He describes the situation on the farm of Scarinish, and mentions Sandy MacLean. He writes that four of the crofts there each maintain a horse, two cows, and a ‘stirk or two’ for £15 rent, and that the tenants have ‘unrestrained liberty’ to use as much sea ware (seaweed) as they like for manure and kelp making.

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

2022.32.1

Digitised copy of an article entitled ‘New Method of Working Seaweed’ by Edward C C Stanford, F.C.S., c.1884. Stanford was the Chairman of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Section of the Society of Chemical Industry.

The article describes a process invented to supersede the plan of burning seaweed into Kelp ash, and mentions that works were erected in Tiree and North Uist in 1863 to carry it out this process. Contains tables of cost of working different amounts of seaweed, the cost of materials, the value of the produce, and the advantages of the new process.

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

2022.30.3

Digitised copy of a record showing dispossessed crofters in Mannal and Scarinish, 1865. Contains a list of crofters’ names and remarks on their situation.
Mannal: Donald McMillan (carpenter), Donald McLean S[enio]r (in Glasgow), Allan McDonald (assisting on his brother’s farm), Donald McLean J[unio]r (fisherman, occasionally employed on the lighthouse tender), John Lamont (works the Lightkeepers Lands), Alex[ande]r Henderson (crofter), Hugh McLean (keeps a small store), Alexander Shaw (‘deals occasionally’), Colin Campbell (shoemaker, occasionally employed at the lighthouse), John McDonald (dyke builder)
Scarinish: Mary MacLean (supported by son), Donald McDougall (dead, widow keeps a small store), Alex[ande]r McDonald (has a vessel, trading for the British Seaweed Company) Allan McFadyen (owns two smacks), Hugh McKinnon (shoemaker), Neil Macdonald (shoemaker), Neil McKinnon (unemployed), Neil McLean (carpenter), Hector McKinnon (employed in manuring potato ground).

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

2022.11.1

Typed field notes on the Gaelic names and uses of various kinds of seaweed and shellfish, including carragheen, gruaigean, slabhach(d)an, duileasg, duireaman, dulaman, carragan, a’charrag dhubh, sgeamagan, sgeanagan, faochag, maorach, muirsgian, slabhraidh. Includes a barely legible page of handwritten notes.

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Recounted by Tiree people including Jean MacPhail, Donald an tailleir, Annie Kennedy, Willie MacLean, Mary Ann MacDonald, Mabel Kennedy, Mabel MacArthur, David MacClounnan, Alasdair Brown, Jesse Lachainn, Eilidh bheag, Mairi Neill Bhain (Brown), Flora MacDonald, Hugh MacLean, Sandy Ghobhainn, Effie Macdonald, Mary Parkhouse, Donald MacIntyre, Rosie MacIntyre, Mary Straker and James MacLeod, in around 1990.

 

 

2021.54.73

Transcript of a Police Report submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in Tobermory charging John MacMillan with Malicious Mischief in May 1870. MacMillan (fisherman, Balevullin) is accused of disposing of seaware (kelp or seaweed) belonging to Neil Kennedy (fisherman, Balevullin).

Sarah Kennedy (wife of Neil Kennedy, Balevullin) and Archibald Kennedy (crofter, Kilmoluaig) are named as witnesses.

Click to read a transcript of this item.

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

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Transcript of a Police Report filed by Duncan Cameron (Constable, Tiree) charging Duncan Campbell with assault in June 1868. Campbell (cotter, Balevullin) is charged with assaulting Sarah Kennedy (wife of and residing with Donald MacLean, Balevullin) in an argument over kelp, or ‘wreck’/’wrack’. Statements are provided by Sarah Kennedy, and Donald MacNeil (crofter, Balevullin).

Click to read a transcript of this item.

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

2021.53.67

Digitised copy of Account of kelp made on the island of Tiree, 1792. Contains an account of kelp made out of bose and black wreck, with a list of tons produced per area. There is no transcript for this item.

Click to view a record for this item on Inveraray’s online catalogue.

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

2019.99.1

Digital book and video of an art project ‘Along/between/across: Sand, Grass, Wind, Brick, Studio’ centred around the exploration and artistic expression of Tiree’s natural environment. Researched during a two-week stay on Tiree in summer 2018 by Sabine Kussmaul of the University of Chester.

Click here for project brief ; video Wind, Water, Rhythms

A large book of photographs of temporary installations and on-site drawings, named ‘Practice Routes, Side lines, Undercurrents’, is held on An Iodhlann’s archive computer (too large to upload).

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