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History of the Island of Mull
Embracing Description, Geology, Climate, Flora, Fauna, Antiquities, Folk Lore, Superstitions, Traditions, with an Account of its Inhabitants together with a Narrative of Iona, The Sacred Isle by J. P. MacLean (1923)

Richard Sowersby's photographic assignment to the Isle of Mull." Magical Mull", as it is often described has everything for lovers of: nature, wildlife, walking, history, culture,& food. The weather during this week in May was sunny and warm. This holiday on Mull was an unforgettable experience......... Russ filmed and edited the video. the production is in SD, 4:3 format.


The island of Mull has long been worthy the distinction of a properly recorded history. In all its varied relations it has received attention from the hands of travellers, observers, artists, investigators and scientists.. Its natural formations have been carefully examined by known scientists, who were fully qualified for the labor. Scattered through many volumes, devoted to various departments of human knowledge, may be found dissertations relating to Mull. It appears that no attempt has been made to collect this material and place the same in proper form for reference or entertainment.

Mull has been a dominant figure in the history of the Western Isles, and has creditably maintained its position. To separate its story from the surrounding territories would be an impossible task. An attempt is here made to record all essentials, with a minimum reference to other parts of Scotland, yet embracing an extension of the narrative when necessary to a clear understanding.

It is hoped that the frame work, here set forth, is sufficiently broad, for those following, to improve thereon. The place names in Mull have only in part been listed. The proper study of Mull should be based on an ordnance map, which has now been reduced, and published in Edinburgh. Here may be found all the proper names and accurate representation of all localities, including the actual height of the various bens.

The six geological diagrams were secured from the Geological Survey of Great Britain. In the chapter on Antiquities ten of the figures used were granted by The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. To both sincere thanks are justly due.

Simple justice demands that due acknowledgment should here be tendered to my son, Eugene MacLean, for his financial support in placing this record before the public. Also obligations to Hon. A. W. McLean, Lumberton, N. C., for his tender of all financial support required. Those who gave encouragement by their prompt subscriptions are gratefully remembered, especially because of their interest in the home of their fathers.

Volume two is ready for the printer, and will be promptly put to press just as soon as it has been determined by the descendants of our most worthy ancestors that they desire a work especially devoted to the ancient and modern inhabitants of Mull.

A Saintly Site (Isle of Mull, Inner Hebrides)


Place Names of Mull
Books Consulted

Chapter I - Introduction
Chapter II - Description of Mull
Chapter III - Meteorology
Chapter IV - Geology
Chapter V - Flora
Chapter VI - Fauna
Chapter VII - Antiquities
Chapter VIII - Folk Lore
Chapter IX - Superstitions
Chapter X - Tales and Legends
Chapter XI - Medicine and its Offices
Chapter XII - Plants in Domestic Use

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