MacDougall/Pirie of Colonsay

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Peter MacDougall married Mary Pirie on 28th March 1780 in Colonsay and their son, Archibald MacDougall was born 14 January 1787, in Colonsay; he died 28 April 1860 in Port Ellen.  He had married  Mary McEwen of North Knapdale (1785 – 1847) apparently in 1803, at the surprisingly early age of 16 years if correct. The Pirie name can be seen on gravestones in Oransay, although the name is not well known today.
Their descendant, Alastair H. MacDougall, will be ...

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Murdoch McNeill

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In connection with the Loder event, it would be good to give credit also to Murdoch McNeill. If you know anything about him, where he lived, how his career went, anything he published besides his Colonsay book, or if you have a photograph or indeed any tiny detail about him, please advise byrne@colonsay.org.uk

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Old Colonsay Photographs

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A great deal of interesting material is coming to light, and it transpires that at least two old photographs from the album of Susan Carruthers McNeill appear in an album owned by the Richardson family in Canada.  Another family that appears in the McNeill album has been found to feature in the collection of the late Jessie McNeill – sadly, unidentified.  It is a very distinctive family so please have a look and get in touch if you can help ...

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Can You Help?

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Capt. MacKinnon
John MacArthur of Uragaig was related to Dougie MacKinnon, working as a gamekeeper in Dumfries, and encouraged him to move to Colonsay in the late 1940s or so; the exact relationship is uncertain, possibly going back to a connection in the Ross of Mull. Dougie MacKinnon had a brother who had emigrated to Canada and was a sea captain (Master Mariner).  He visited Dougie in Colonsay in the 1950s but died soon afterwards on his return to Canada.  ...

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Absent Friends – And Others!

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It is quite extraordinary to know that more than one million people in Canada alone have an ancestral link with Colonsay.  If you have a connection with the island, be it ever so distant, please know that it is appreciated and understood – you too are part of our community, even if you have to participate from a distance.  There are also many, many dear friends, regular visitors or true Colbhasaichs, who can only visit from time to time or ...

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Heritage Trust in Membership Drive

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Colonsay and Oronsay Heritage Trust is launching a drive to recruit new supporters to help fund its vital work protecting the islands’ heritage.

Trust convener Dave Binnie is asking people who love the islands to join as associate members, if they live off the island.

The COHT has ambitious plans, as reported in the Corncrake, to create a new heritage centre on land they are trying to buy at Port Mhor.

The form for membership is available at:

membership.pdf

Meanwhile St Andrews’ University ...

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Conference Remembers Colonsay Pioneer

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A fascinating conference took place mid June organised by the Island’s Book Trust to celebrate the life of Donald Mackinnon – first professor of Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University. As well as exploring the professor’s life and work it was a celebration of Colonsay, its culture, heritage and natural beauty.

This conference marked 100 years since Donald Mackinnon’s death. A Colonsay man, born in 1839, raised in Kilchattan and schooled on the island, he bore witness to famine, emigration and the ...

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Heritage trust WW1 exhibition

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An exhibition featuring the stories of the men who left Colonsay to fight in the First World War never to return is underway on the island.

Entitled ‘Colonsay Remembers’ the exhibition featured photographs and biographical details of the dead.

The stories behind the names recorded on the island war memorial in Scalasaig are told in a book by Alan Davis called Colonsay’s Fallen – available in the bookshop.

 

Also on show is the remains of a huge shell believed to have been fired ...

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A major event to mark the centenary of the death of the first professor of Celtic studies at Edinburgh University, Colonsay born Donald MacKinnon, is taking place on the island this month.

The aim of the conference is to mark the 100th anniversary of Donald
MacKinnon’s death by looking at aspects of his illustrious life and work, and
shining a spotlight on the outstanding human and natural heritage of his
native island. It is hoped that, by celebrating Colonsay’s past, the ...

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