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From: "Mildred Robson" <>
Subject: Re: [SCT-ISLEOFMULL] Gaelic names in Mull of Kintyre&Thompson/Tomson family
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2009 19:47:03 -0000
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Dear Andrew.
I am most grateful for your erudite explanation, which is a great help.
Regards, Mildred
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrew Mceachern" <>
To: <>; <>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 12:04 AM
Subject: Re: [SCT-ISLEOFMULL] Gaelic names in Mull of Kintyre
&Thompson/Tomson family

> This is most likely the Church named after St Columba that is at the
> southern tip of Kintyre close to the Dunaverty Golf Club and the old lands
> of MacNeill of Carskey.
> The chapel Kilcomkill which literally means the Cell of St Columba of the
> Cell is supposed to be one of the first in mainland Scotland.
> The church at Morvern has the same name and was named after St Columba,
> however this is in the wrong area for you.
> The Ralston Genealogy website, is a great place
> for you to start if you know your ancestor was buried in the Kintyre area
> of Scotland. If you find your ancestor, there is a good chance that you
> will be able to request a hi res picture of the gravestone (for free).
> Good luck
> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Mildred Robson" []
> Date: 20/11/2009 07:03 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [SCT-ISLEOFMULL] Gaelic names in Mull of Kintyre &
> Thompson/Tomson
> family
> 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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