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Note about the people of Rona, 15 December 1885

Identifier: Coll-97/CW120/306

Scope and Contents

Note about the people of Rona [Rònaigh/North Rona] taken from John MacCulloch's The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland that they are Roman Catholic, that each summer a boat is sent to Lewis [Eilean Leòdhais] to the Earl of Seaforth with 'the excresence of above thirty souls', something which the islanders 'exce[e]d[ingly] bewail'. Their annual payment to the Earl is 'some quantity of meal stitched up in sheeps skins and feathers of seafowls'. It is noted that they have no fuel but timber is regularly washed ashore 'by the special pro[vidence] of God'. The islanders have a chief who 'commands the rest'.


  • 15 December 1885

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From the Series: 1 notebook ; 17.5 x 10.8 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 85v, line 4 to folio 86r, line 8


MacCulloch, John, The Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland, volume 3 (London, 1824) pp. 313-315.
Mackenzie of Tarbat, George, 'An Account of the Isles Hirta & Rona', Geographical Collections Relating to Scotland made by Walter MacFarlane Volume iii (Edinburgh, Scottish History Society, vol 53, 1908), p. 29.

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