Vikings invaded Mull
around 800 AD and the duns and forts were
brought back into urgent use.
Can you imagine trying to defend your land
from these piratical men?
this period, the clan system evolved,
whereby groups of families with common
ancestry lived closely together in a social
setting which provided well
for widows and orphans. No one went in need
and the chief was highly regarded.
The chief provided leadership, wisdom and
justice, but was not necessarily
rich. The 15th and 16th centuries saw the
clans at their strongest, and
a man would willingly die to protect the
life of his clan chief.
clan system was destroyed
after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, by
the application of harsh measures
and laws. No longer were tenants allowed
to pay rent in kind, but hard
cash was demanded. Evictions followed non
payment and high cash rents were
offered for these grazing lands by
Southern flockmasters. The way of life
of the Highlands and Islands was slowly
destroyed, accelerated by the effects
of potato blight. In 1846 the decease was
at its height and destroyed the
staple food of ordinary people thus
spurring the emigration of a demoralized
population. How willingly would you have
left your home?
Discover Mull Tour we
will show you how the people of Mull lived
and made their living over the
years. We tell how and why the population
fell by 9,000 people in one century.
We will show you the history of the island
by its castles, duns, brochs,
villages and houses that they lived in and
fought for. We will show you
all the physical side of the history of
Mull; all you need is your imagination.
to the fore as we stop and admire some of
the most breathtakingly beautiful
and spectacular views to be seen anywhere
in Britain. Along with
many amusing tales of life on Mull from
its illicit stills, to giant fighting.All
is revealed on a
of the unexpected, that, in our experience
is the folklore of Mull.
our tour you will hear
some of the more outrageous tales passed
down through history at ceilidih’s
throughout the island. We tell of
extraordinary jumps and throws that would
win gold medals at a modern olympic games.
We also tell of giants, dragons
and even how one giantess discovered the
power of eternal life until tragedy
struck. These along with other tales both
funny and tragic will be told
as we travel around the island.
Thomas Campbell (1777-1844)
|A Chieftain to the
Cries 'Boatman, do
And I'll give thee
To row us o'er
|Now who be ye,
This dark and
O I'm the
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