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From: Ian Phillips <>
Subject: Re: [SCT-ISLEOFMULL] Gaelic names in Mull of Kintyre &Thompson/Tomson family
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 20:15:43 +0000
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Dear Mildred,

This list is for the Isle of Mull and not the Mull of Kintyre.

I would suggest that you post this message to the sct-Argyll list
which covers the Mull of Kintyre.

Best regards,


2009/11/19 Mildred Robson <>:
> Dear Listers,
> I would be grateful for any help on the name Kilcolemceal/Kilcolemkill which
> in Balston's life of William Martin is stated as being at "the southern end
> of the peninsula"
> William Martin [1772-1851] was the grandson of Richard Thompson [1726-18??]
> and his wife Ann Ridley [my 4 X's Great Grandparents] who were born at Tow
> House, Henshaw, Haltwhistle in Northumberland.
>  Richard was a yeoman, who in 1776 moved to farm on the Duke of Argyll's
> estate, taking William Martin with him.   William apparently had problems
> with the local boys until he learnt Gaelic.
> There is no farm or village on modern maps of the area with a name like
> Kilcolemceal near the southern coast.  I did wonder if the farm Richard went
> too was at Kilmichael, near Campbeltown, but have no proof of where he
> farmed as my enquiries of the Duke of Argyle's estate were unhelpful, in
> that there is no archivist at the castle to search estate papers.
> One of William's sisters Ann [1783-1879] was born at Thomas's farm according
> to Balston's book.
> Richard Thompson died before 1813, as his wife died then in Newcastle upon
> Tyne, after returning some time between 1803 and 1813,  to live with her
> daughter Isabel and Isabel's husband Fenwick Martin, who were the parents of
> William and Ann and also John Martin [1789-1854] Painter and Jonathan Martin
> [1782-1838], a religious fanatic who set fire to York Minster.
> If I knew where Kilcolemceal/Kilcolemkill was I could try to discover when
> Richard died and where he is buried.
> To add more interest in the area, a Jane Thompson [3X's great grandmother]
> was baptised at Southend parish, Mull on 24th August 1779, parents Jonathon
> Thompson and Janet Andrew.  This Jane came to Northumberland and married an
> Elliot at Haltwhistle and in the Haltwhistle baptism  register at the
> baptisms of two of her children, she is described as " a native of Keel
> Collum Sheel [sic] Argyle" and as a native of Southend, Scotland.
> It may be that Jane was a granddaughter of Richard Thompson as he had a son
> named Jonathon.
> Regards,
> Mildred Robson
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