How it all Began

Donald Black

Donald Black

The Historical Society – Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr – was formed in 1994 with the help of Beathag Morrison of Comann na Gaidhlig. It was founded by Donald Black, Margaret MacDonald and Cathy Carmichael who became chairman, secretary and treasurer respectively. They held a public meeting at which nine others joined – most of whom are still involved in the Comann. The teacher’s house became vacant and, after negotiation with the former Strathclyde Regional Council, Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr was established in the schoolhouse at Achnacroish in 1995.

Catherine Carmichael

Catherine Carmichael

Then the work started with great support from the islanders and others: historic photographs and artefacts ranging from Neolithic times to the present day were collected, traditional ceilidhs  revived and Gaelic weekends initiated. The archive grew year by year with documents donated by islanders and people from much further afield and the work of promoting Gaelic continues. As Gaelic emanated from Argyll (coastline of the Gael), we believe that Lismore is one of the remaining strongholds of Gaelic language and culture in the land.  Books and wall maps were produced and a well stocked Gaelic library is now in existence.

Margaret MacDonald

Margaret MacDonald

The next stage of the project was completed in 2002 with the restoration of Taigh Iseabal Daidh  under the excellent organisational skills of Tony Perkins the new project manager. Tony coordinated all the previous efforts of Comann Eachdraidh Lios Mòr and secured enough funding  to restore the cottage and in 2003 Taigh Iseabal Daidh  won the Tourist Board Award for best place to visit.

And finally the great dream and vision of erecting a Museum building alongside the cottage to bring it all together. The result is an ecologically friendly building designed to fit with the landscape and culture of this gentle and beautiful island  which was completed in March 2007.