Thank you for letting me join your list and I hope some listers here will
be able to help with a very worthwhile cause - bringing home the people of
I am honoured to have been asked to be part in an exciting new project
involving Auchindrain Museum, in Argyll, Scotland.
They are moving into a new phase of development for the Museum, and some of
this involves stepping back and looking for the missing information to tell
more of the story of the township.
For those who do not know Auchindrain, it is the most complete 1800's
township which never underwent crofting "improvements" in the West Coast of
Scotland. So it is a remarkable and unique location to understand how people
lived for the previous centuries in the area.
The buildings have been preserved and, thanks to many people's hard work in
the past, the museum is now a Recognised National Collection. Until now
there has not been the opportunity to look deeper into the history and the
people who lived there, to build an even better future.
With the boundless energy of Auchindrain's new Museum Development Officer,
Bob Clark, there is finally a significant plan in place to find out a lot
more about the history of this wonderful place.
Bob Clark has mustered wonderful team, including some illustrious
historians, and other experts, who will be working on all sorts of aspects
of the township, and my small role will be to complete as much as I can of
the genealogy of the township.
The people will bring colour, life, and richness to the other work - and I
am delighted to be able to finally get stuck in to finding as many of them
as possible, and as much about each as I can.
Obviously the normal records are easily available, and will be the basis of
my work for the next months. But from my past experience, I know this is
just the bare bones of a One Place Skeleton, and that the most interesting
information about the people of any place can come from the most unlikely
*So I am declaring Auchindrain as a One Place Study, and asking for any help
that anyone can give us.*
If you have anything - receipts, images, letters, BMD waifs, census strays,
family connections, letters, records of any kind - please get in touch, if
you have anything that mentions Auchindrain, Auchindryan, Thornfield, of the
parish of Cumlodden, Glenaray and Inveraray.
We will not mind if we get more than one copy, nor if the reference is but
superficial or glancing, please assume we do not have it, however obvious.
Acknowledgements will be made for all contributions, however small or
seemlingly trivial. EVERYTHING is of value to this project, and will be
and thank you in advance.
Time is short, we only have until next spring for this phase of the project,
please help to paint the fullest and richest picture of the township and
start to bring the people home to Auchindrain.
regards Jill Bowis -
auchindrainpeople(a)yahoo.co.uk with any information you can help with.