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Lairds and Lands of Loch Tayside

THE district which extends from Auchroich burn at Callelochan to the east end of Loch Tay, was anciently known as Eddergoll. This name has been long obsolete, and is entirely unknown on Loch Tayside as a local place-name. From the Crown Rental of 1480, we find the district was then divided into Easter end of Eddirgolly, Wester end of Eddirgolly, Killalochane in Eddirgolly, and the Remainder of Eddirgolle. The mill of Eddirgolly is also mentioned. In the Exchequer Rolls for i486, the name appears as Ardgollane, and the Wester end is described as lying infra torrentes, while Killalochane is referred to as being in Nethergolly, and the mill as de Argolly. In the Chronicle of Fothergill’ we find other forms of the word:—“ 1531, August 11, Death of Duncan McConell Gorme at Rayn (Remony?) in Eddirzowell, and he was buried in the church of Inchaden at the north end of the Host Choir.” “ 1556, John Challar Moyr died at Eddergooyllyt, on the 27th of September, and was buried at Inchaden, on the eve of St. Michael the Archangel.”

Eddergoll appears to have been annexed to the Crown at a very early period, and until set in tack and eventually feued out to the lairds of Glenorchy, the lands were held by the different tenants direct of the king.

The following is a list of the Crown tenants in 1480, with the amount of rent in money payable by each:—

The leases of these tenants were of three years’ duration, and appear to have been renewed for a similar period at the end of the first year.

The above divisions of the lands cannot now be localised, but we are inclined to think that Easter end of Eddergoll extended from the east march of Croftnacaber to Allt Mhuicky, and that Wester end of Eddergoll lay betwixt the latter and Acharn burn, while the Remainder of Eddergoll stretched to the east march of Callelochan. In all probability the mill, of which Donald Makgilquhinye was tenant, would have stood near the site of the present mill, by the side of Acharn burn, and on the land which he held, which was in Wester end of Eddergoll, and if we take torrentes to mean the Falls of Acharn, there seems little doubt that Wester Eddergoll was where we conjecture, and that the Remainder of Eddergoll lay to the west of Acharn burn, strange as this may appear. There is no record of any ancient fortalice in the district, but the names, Leod Chastle and Tom Chastle,

1 The following entry in the Chronicle of Fother gill may refer to the above :—“ 1491, March 10, Death of John Duncansone McGregor, at Bellycht; and he was buried in Inchaden on the north side of the great altar.” applied respectively to a field and hillock on the farm of Call-elochan, would imply that some structure had stood there; and the fact of the majority of the tenants being congregated in the Remainder of Eddergoll may point to the supposition of their being so placed, to render prompt aid to the occupier of the castle in time of need.

Coming nearer our own times, we find the district sub-divided, and the holdings bearing the following names :—Callelochan, Achianich, Wester Lurgloman, Easter Lurgloman, Wester Croft-martaig, Easter Croftmartaig, Wester Acharn, Easter Acharn, Wester Balnlaggan, Easter Balnlaggan, Meadow of Lonaguy, Tomgarrow, Revucky, Aleckich, Remony, Croftnamuick, Balmac-naughton (or forty-shilling land), Portbane and Croftnacaber. The last named is bounded on the east by what were formerly the outfields and pasture lands of Kenmore, now under wood. The small artificial island in Loch Tay, opposite Croftnacaber, formed prior to 1720, and enlarged by the second Marquis of Breadalbane, was known as Spry or Spries Island, but appears in the Ordnance Survey as Isle of Spar. There is an eminence on the farm of Remony, called Tom Chorpuidh, where probably feuds were settled long ago, but so far as we are aware, there are no traditions preserved concerning it. The district is very void of antiquities of any note.

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