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Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Henry Nisbet, Tobermory Procurator Fiscal, regarding the discovery of a male body on the shore at Greenhill opposite Greenhill House on 20 February 1860. It is speculated in the report that the body was one of the men lost on board the Swan of Belfast, which was wrecked on 19 January 1860. The body was found by Walter Carmichael (labourer, Greenhill). The report is submitted by Finlay Fraser, Detective Constable.

A statement is provided by Walter Carmichael, and is corroborated by:

Neil McLean (Greenhill)
Malcolm McNeil (baker from Portree, Skye, but at the time residing in Greenhill House)
Lachlan Cameron (tailor, Greenhill)
Hector McLean (crofter, Sandaig)
Alexander McLean (Ballmeniach [Middleton])

This report contains descriptions of a body in a state of decomposition. Click to read a transcript of this item.

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



Bound softback report ‘The Beaches of Northern Inner Hebrides’ by A. S. Mather, J. S. Smith and W. Ritchie of the Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen, 1975. Inventory of beach resources of Tiree, Coll, the Small Isles, and Skye, outlining the composition and characteristic of each. Chapter 2 is about Tiree.  Signed at the front “In memory of Elizabeth and Mary Robertson, Glebe House, Gott. Donated [to An Iodhlann] by their sister Janice. January 2017”

See 1998.166.1 for a separate photocopy of chapters 1 & 2, and Appendices.


Academic paper ‘Beyond the Parish Church: a study of chapels in the parishes of Kirkapol on Tiree and Snizort on Skye’ by Sarah Thomas, 2015. Identification of different chapel types and the implications for understanding medieval religious devotions, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of religious practice in the late medieval Hebrides.


Hardback book ‘The Great Book of Skye 2: From the Island to the World: History, Memory and Community on a Scottish Island’ by Norman MacDonald & Cailean MacLean, 2016. Together with its companion volume which was published in 2014, (see 2015.49.1) this book presents a comprehensive study of the people of the Isle of Skye. Appendices include new research on Skye doctors, the Skye Land League, Skye winners of the Military Cross, the Strathaird raiders and Skye shinty.


Telegraphic instrument for tapping out and receiving telegram messages at Scarinish Post Office between 1888 and 1930. Originally from Skye and probably operated by Margaret Robertson (Mona’s mother), who is listed as the telegraphist in the 1911 census of Tiree. There is a key for sending messages and a sounder for receiving. Known as a KOB set (key on base), it is marked “20 ohm” on the base. The lever of the mechanism is steel and unmarked. From the estate of Angus MacLean, The Coolins, Scarinish.


Tiree in 100 Objects – 24 – Telegraph Key Set

The History of Tiree in 100 Objects


Hardback book ‘The Great Book of Skye’ by Norman MacDonald and Cailean MacLean, 2014.  An extensive study of the people of Skye spanning 200 years. Includes a few Tiree people who moved to Skye. See 2017.17.1 for the second volume of this work.


Book `The Lord of the Isles Voyage`, 1993

Softback book about the building of a 16th century sailing galley made by the MacDonald`s of Skye and author Wallace Clark, and its voyage through the sea kingdom in 1991 and 1992. Given to Dr John Holliday by Carol Kirkpatrick.


Photographs from other Hebridean islands.

Collection of 8 black & white photographs of postcards and publications from Scarp, Tarbert, Harris, Skye, Tobermory, Mull, Lochmaddy, Uist, Boreray, Heisker. Formerly included at the back of the George Holleyman collection folder but removed due to level of relevance. Donated by Linda Gowans.