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LISDD:2006.60 General Gordon Clay Pipe

Object of the Month: September 2017

Clay Pipes (LISDD:2006.59-61) Until well into the 20th century, it was common to be provided with a clay pipe when buying a packet of pipe tobacco, although most better-off smokers in Britain would use a briar pipe. Pipe smoking in general, and the use of clay pipes in particular, declined rapidly from the 1920s to […]

Detail of LISDD.2006.50 Powerloom Damascene weave, late 19thC

Object of the Month: August 2017

Flax and Linen With the intention of enhancing the income from his Lismore estate, and generating additional employment, Duncan Campbell of Glenure (1716-84) secured funds from the Trustees for Fisheries, Manufactures and Improvement in Scotland to provide flax seed for Lismore farmers, and training in processing the crops; to support the setting up of a […]

The Peggy Wreck Bottle. ht 26.5 cm dia 9 cm

Object of the Month: May 2017

The Peggy Wreck Bottle Its rock bound coast and many skerries meant that Lismore was the scene of many wrecks in the days of sail, to the extent that there was allowance for “wreck money” in the rents on the Campbell of Airds estate. In the winter of 1742/43 the London, carrying 700 hogsheads of […]

The ruined township of Cloichlea, with the broken grey stone to the right

Object of the Month: March 2017

Cup-Marked Stone Rock art in the form of cup or cup and ring marks has been found across Europe, with particularly fine examples in Spain, France and Italy. Nearly every year new examples are found in Scotland, particularly in Kilmartin Glen. It is thought that rock art of this kind, made by pecking with with […]

The Hawthorn House Cradle (LISDD:2014.210). Bed dimensions 90cm x 47cm x 27cm

Object of the Month: February 2017

The Hawthorn House Cradle Some time between 1823 and 1841, Archibald Stewart, cotter and shoemaker on Baleveolan, died leaving his wife Mary a widow.  Although poor in material resources, Mary was surrounded by Stewart and Livingstone kinsfolk;  she, herself was the daughter of two Stewarts: John Stewart, piper in Baligarve  and Anne Stewart.  Needing to […]

Rev Gregor McGregor’s Private Register (Wedding 62)

Object of the Month: January 2017

Rev Gregor McGregor’s Private Register 1836-1863 (on long term loan from Lismore Parish Church) LISDD:2008.A12 Rev Gregor MacGregor, born in Rannoch in 1797 and educated at St Andrews University, was chosen, in 1836, to be the minister of Lismore and Appin Parish, which, at that time, stretched into Glencoe and included parts of Morvern. He […]