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LISDD:2006.125 Profile moulding 27cm x 21cm x 20cm

Object of the Month: December 2016

Profile Moulding from the Nave of Lismore Cathedral LISDD:2006.125 Although there is general agreement that the choir/chancel of the Cathedral of Argyll on Lismore dates from the 13th Century, the date of completion of the nave and tower is uncertain. It is hoped that the radiocarbon dating of the nave mortar exposed during the 2016 […]

LISDD:2009.N1 Duncan McDonald, North Mountain, West Bay, Cape Breton Island to Gilbert McDonald, Frackersaig, Lismore. 10 March 1847

Object of the Month: November 2016

The Cape Breton Emigrant Letters 1847-59 LISDD:2009.N1-7 Eighteenth century emigrants from Lismore went mainly to the United States of America, to the Carolinas and New York State. This wave of emigration was stopped by the War of Independence and the Napoleonic Wars; but, once peace was restored, the movement was predominantly to Canada, at first […]

Appin Head

Object of the Month: October 2016

The Appin Head (on long-term loan from Kilmartin House Museum) This human face carved on a natural boulder of local igneous stone (37 x 26 cm; 50kg) has been identified by the National Museum of Scotland as a Pagan Celtic Stone Head, dating from the Iron Age1. Jean and the late William Breckenridge found the […]

Gaelic Psalter

Object of the Month: September 2016

Alexander MacFarlane’s Gaelic Psalter This book (8 x 13 x 4cm), in very poor condition, foxed and brittle, with the back cover missing, originated from the United Free Church at Baligrundle (see the Object for July 2014). It is one of the gifts to the archive from the Odling family, who owned the church and […]

The Park clamp kiln (the horseshoe shaped structure) with a pile of broken stone (right) and a small quarry face

Object of the Month: August 2016

Lime Quarrying and Burning It is easy to be misled by the appearance of the Lismore limestone.  Although much greyer than many commercially-exploited  limestones, it is a high-quality source of calcium carbonate (around 90%), and its suitability for burning to produce lime for building and agriculture has been known for centuries.  Before the development of […]

October 1918 at Daisybank: L to R - Neil Munro (Australian visitor), May, Annie, Kitty and Neil

Object of the Month: July 2016

The 1918 Influenza Pandemic The McCormicks at Daisybank were a devoted family, very supportive of one another after the early death, in 1902, of Neil, the owner of Lismore Stores and a profitable tailoring business (see the Object for October 2015). His wife Elizabeth kept the store going for many years, raising a family of […]