Township: Caolas,Salum

Map Reference: Sàlum 1

Name Type: school

Meaning: The school of Colquhoun

Other Forms: Taigh sgoil Colquhoun - AMcL

Related Places: See Tobhta Iain Bhàin, Milton.

Information:'I was taken frequently to pay my respects to ‘Taigh-Sgoil Colquhoun’. The very spot where the house stood was pointed out to me endlessly – on the north side of the road, and immediately east of Crìoch a’ Chaolais. Alexander (Sandy), the eldest of the old MacDonalds of ‘Coll View’, who later emigrated to Manitoba, went to ‘Taigh-Sgoil Colquhoun’, if I remember correctly. It was, of course, superseded by Ruaig School. I did not know Sandy, but I knew his daughters' - DM
The family lived in the schoolhouse, with a byre beside it - Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 2/1996.

Neil Colquhoun was the son of the school master and was related to his mother. They visited him in Glasgow - JAMcL.

Neil Campbell Colquhoun was born at Sliabh Dearg, Caolis, where his father was the parochial schoolmaster on 15.8.1864. His father, Archibald Colquhoun, was born at Moss. His mother, Mary Ann MacLean, was the only daughter of Iain Bàn, a great worthy who lived and enjoyed life to the patriarchal age of 107. Archibald Colquhoun, after leaving Tiree kept school at Petty, Inverness-shire and latterly was Gaelic teacher and catechist at Eastside, Kilmuir, Skye; also at Waternish and lastly at Elgoll in the parish of Strath. He died at the age of 59 and is buried in Kilmaree, Strath, Skye. Neil was one of the founders on the Tiree Association - Na Baird Thirisdeach, p 392.

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Languages : Gaelic

Informants: John Archie MacLean, Crois, 4/1994

Informant 2: Angus MacLean, Scarinish, 3/2010

Informant 3: Professor Donald Meek, Caolas, 8/2019