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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | David Livingstone
    man in Blantyre known for his determination to push forward the education of his children including David s father Neil Other close members of the Livingstone family must have left Ulva at around the same time resettling in Canada Prince Edward Island and the United States In the early nineteenth century Ulva s main crop was potatoes It was such a successful crop that potatoes were exported presumably to Mull but in the 1840s the crop failed as a result of blight and many islanders had to leave Ulva in order to survive Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries seaweed was gathered for use as a fertiliser on the crofts It was also used more and more and in huge quantities in various chemical processes such as soap and glass making To make the kelp useable it had to be dried out and carefully burned in a kelp pit trench or kiln The resulting ash was an oily bluish substance which was shipped away to factories in the Lowlands Kelp was a crucial livelihood on Mull and Ulva but after 1822 the duty payable on cheaper imported kelp was removed and the Scottish industry largely collapsed This collapse precipitated another

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Ptolemy
    word Hebouda first appeared in the writings of Pliny BCE 23 79 where he mentioned that there were over 30 Heboudae isles It is thought that the strange tilt to the east which Ptolemy gave to Scotland Thule in his Geography also known as Geographia or Cosmographia or Geographike Hyphegesis a treatise on cartography of what was known about the world s geography in the Roman Empire was due to

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Dr Johnson and Mr Boswell
    of getting to Iona since Boswell had set his heart on visiting the island The two spent a short time in Tobermory at Erray House the home of the Maclean family before continuing their journey Mrs Eckstein suggests that they were unable to stay at Torloisk House en route to Iona as the host lay in bed without hope of life so they travelled on to Ulva There they stayed with Mr Macquarry sic the father of Sir Lachlan Macquarie who became Governor of New South Wales in 1809 From Ulva the pair moved to Inch Kenneth where once again they had welcoming hosts a gentleman and two ladies of high birth polished manners and elegant conversation After visiting the chapel they went by boat to collect oysters presumably for their evening meal Back on Mull Johnson and Boswell went to look at Mackinnon s cave They had forgotten tapers but managed to get the eleventh part of a mile into the cave to see Fingal s Table by using one little candle By the evening of October 19th they had arrived on Iona where they spent the next day surveying the place They were disappointed with the cathedral where the floor was so muddy that they were unable to make any discoveries of curious inscriptions They encountered the same problem in the Nunnery and thought that the inscriptions on the stones might be read if the chapel were cleaned Johnson observed that Iona which had once been the metropolis of learning and piety now had no school for education nor temple for worship After they left Iona that night 20th they stayed once more on Mull in the home of Mr Maclean travelling on the next day to stay with Maclean of Lochbuy Johnson commenting that in this country

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Allt an Tairbh
    to enlarge Allt an Tairbh Shielings The present road to Glen Gorm passes through the ruins of ten shieling huts àirigh alongside the Allt an Tairbh Burn of the Bulls One lying alongside the road consists of an outer ring of stones about 2 m in diameter encircling a smaller turf and stone circle Airidh Allt an Tairbh Grid reference NM 459 564 Castles Fortifications Brochs Crannogs Duns Forts Castles

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Ardmore
    15 buildings one of which was a corn drying kiln As you can see from the photographs below this township was very disrupted by the tree growth all around Click on images to enlarge Grid Reference NM 47355 57955 Ardmore Farm Ardmore farm was created after the amalgamation of many smaller holdings whose occupants appeared in the 1841 census The farmhouse was a single storied gable ended building with stock

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Caliach
    the north about 0 6 km from Calgary on the Calgary Dervaig road Caliach is at the end of this road about 3 5 km and a walk of another kilometre takes you to Caliach point The settlement comprises fourteen ruins which are arranged in two groups centred on NM 355 532 and two roofed buildings one of which has been recorded as an ice house Click on images to

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Gualachaolish
    It was last lived in during the 1930s so the ruins of farm byres and steadings are still easily identifiable The croft was originally built in the 1800s for Middleton who was the Factor to Colonel Campbell of Possil the Colonel once owned the lands of Torosay and Duart There is a rough track from Gualachaolish down to the burial ground at Killean Click on images to enlarge Courtesy of

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  • Mull Historical & Archaeological Society | Inivea
    been pointed both internally and externally with lime mortar The walls are gently battered wider at the bottom and narrower at the top and the external corners are rounded many of the larger stones having been hammer dressed to a curve Most of the houses have square internal corners but those of some of the ancillary buildings are rounded both inside and out The roofs were evidently hip ended and since there is no evidence of cruck frame construction the rafters are assumed to have rested directly upon the wall heads Some buildings show traces of two or more separate phases of construction The houses measure on average 10 1 m by 6 1 m over walls 0 9 m in thickness They contained two main rooms probably opening off a small centrally placed entrance lobby but none of the internal partition walls which were no doubt made of creel or wattle now remain At least one of the houses had a stone built fireplace in one of the end walls but most of them probably had clay canopied chimneys all traces of which have now disappeared Each room was lit by one or at the most two lintelled windows set within splayed embrasures the lower room in many of the houses containing a centrally placed window in the end wall overlooking Calgary Bay The barns measure on average 7 9 m by 4 6 m while the other ancillary buildings many of which were probably byres are somewhat smaller The associated enclosures vary a good deal in size and shape a number of them being sub rectangular They were probably kail yards The unnamed burn which flows through the township falls into a small rocky pool the mouth of which may have been enclosed to form the lower chamber

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