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Transcript of papers detailing charges of sheep stealing, house breaking and theft against Archibald MacArthur (labourer, Antuim, Mull) and John Herbertson (labourer, Druimnacroish, Mull) in 1864. MacArthur and Herbertson are accused of stealing sheep from Baleuchrach in January 1864 and of stealing bottles of wine and champagne from Bellachroy on the evening of Friday 27 November 1863.

Statements are provided by:

John Paterson (shepherd to William Lang, residing at Lochs House in the united parish of Kilninian and Kilmore)
John Scott (sheep and farm manager for William Lang, Sorne)
John McLeod (shepherd, Baliachrach)
Ann McCallum (residing with Archibald MacArthur, Antuim. The niece of Archibald MacArthur’s wife)
Flora McLean or McDonald (wife of and residing with Alexander Macdonald, Antuim)
Isabell Cameron or McCarmail (also spelled in the transcript as McCannail. A pauper, Antuim)
Mrs Mary McLean (wife of Donald MacLean, Corachan)
John Kennedy (crofter, Dervaig)
Donald McLean (labourer, Dervaig)
Charles Cameron (son of and residing with John Cameron, Dervaig)
Mary Herbertson (daughter of and residing with John Herbertson, Achnadrish. Sister of the accused)
Neil MacKinnon (son of and residing with John MacKinnon, Druimnacroish)
Lachlan McLean (shopman to and residing with Neil MacKinnon, Tobermory)
Jessie Livingstone (servant to and residing with Mrs Petrie in the Mull Hotel, Tobermory)
James Sturton (forester, Drumfin)
Catherine Kennedy (Dervaig)
Dugald McLachlan (Keeper of the Prison of Tobermory and residing there)
Thomas Semple (tenant, Antuim)
Jessie Paterson or Morison (widow, residing with John Paterson at the Lakes about four miles from Tobermory)
Richard Semple (son of and residing with Thomas Semple, Antuim)
Alexander McLean (Dervaig)
Hector McLaine (shopkeeper, Dervaig)
William Sproat (writer in Tobermory)
Hugh McLean (blacksmith, Dervaig)
Marion Beaton or McLean (wife of and residing with Hugh Maclean, Dervaig)
John McLean (tenant, Retreat)
Mary MacDonald or Herbertson (wife of and residing with John Herbertson [accused], Druimnacroish)
Catherine MacArthur (wife of and residing with Archibald MacArthur [accused], Antuim)
Angus MacKinnon (shepherd, Torr)
John Herbertson (farm manager, Achnadrish. Father of accused)
Neil Kennedy (crofter, Dervaig)
Jessie Macdonald (niece of and residing with Archibald MacDonald, Tobermory
Duncan MacKinnon (drover, Kilmoluaig, Tiree)
Archibald MacDonald (merchant, Tobermory)
Duncan Cameron (Police Constable, Heanish, Tiree)
John MacIntyre (crofter, Dervaig)
Mary McCulloch or Lamont (wife of and residing with Robert Lamont, Tobermory)
Allan Cameron (Sergeant of Police, Tobermory)
John MacKenzie (Police Constable, Tobermory)

Part of the judicial declaration is missing, as well as some of the testimony of Mary McCulloch or Lamont, and the full testimony of Robert Lamont (merchant, Tobermory). The transcript provides details of sheep farming and sheep management and makes mention of old dates for Christmas and New Year. The transcript also mentions the process by which Gaelic was translated into English.

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



Transcript of a Police Report submitted to Tobermory Procurator Fiscal by John MacDougall (Constable) charging Margaret MacFadyen with theft in June 1873. MacFadyen (daughter of and residing with Donald MacFadyen, Arinagour, Coll) is accused of plucking the fleece off a dead wedder with intent to steal on the farm of Arintluich [Arinthluich], Coll, occupied by the Proprietor John Stewart Esquire of Coll. Margaret MacFadyen is also referred to as ‘black Peggy’ in the report.

Alexander MacLean (joint tenant, Caolisinellan, Coll), Archibald MacNeilage (servant to Malcolm Gilchrist, Totaronald, Coll) and Donald MacNeilage (shepherd to John Stewart Esquire, Acha, Coll) are named as witnesses and provide statements.

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



Pair of carding combs

Pair of wooden carding combs with metal bristles used to `card out` sheeps wool into fine strands, ready for spinning into yarn. Given to John Morton Boyd, Balephuil, by Mrs Chrissie MacArthur and Miss Flora Campbell (Flòraidh a` Bhàird), Balemartine, on 9th July 1973. Includes a handwritten note by Morton Boyd about the combs.



Invoice and label from Brora wool mill, 1936, found in the byres opposite Hynish House.

Invoice dated 1936 from T. M. Hunter of the Sutherland Wool Mills at Brora addressed to John Hume of Heylipol Farm for wool, plus a delivery label addressed to T. M. Hunter.