Object of the Month December 2014



Single Horn Anvil                 Single horn anvil

  Single Horn Anvil from the Clachan Smiddy

This anvil (height 31.5 cm, overall length of working surface including the horn 54.3 cm) is from the MacPherson smiddy at Clachan.  Tools from the smiddy and metal objects made by the blacksmiths are on display in the museum.

 Island Made Items

Island-made iron items displayed in the museum

Forge Tongs

Clachan Smiddy forge tongs (lent for the 2013 Ploughman Display by Tamsin MacVean)

The November 2013 Object featured the Book of Gaelic Sermons owned by the MacPhersons.  Dugald MacPherson came from Oban to be blacksmith at Clachan in 1870 and he was succeeded by his son Hector who worked there until 1951.  The smiddy, with its unusual break in the roof to allow the forge smoke to escape, is now a holiday cottage for rent.

The Smiddy

Clachan smiddy today

Hector and Euphemiahector and Euphemia

Left: Dugald and Mary.     Right: Hector and Euphemia.