Township: Gott

Map Reference: Gott s

Name Type: house

Meaning: The manse of Gott

Other Forms: The Established Manse - ONB, see under Stac a' Bhodaich.
Manse - ONB p161, "a substantial stone building with offices detached."

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Information:New Statistical Account, 1845, by Rev Neil MacLean, p219:
The manse was built in 1832, and being found insufficiently executed, was repaired in 1838. It is still far from being comfortable. The glebe contains about 30 acres, the land being mostly of very inferior quality.

The Gaelic Otherworld, ed Ronald Black, p666:
Conversation between Eric Cregeen and Donald Sinclair (Dòmhnall Chaluim Bàin), West Hynish -
EC There was the son of a minister that was once a doctor I believe. And he poisoned himself.
DS Oh yes. That was Mr Neil they used to call him.
EC Oh was it?
DS I don't know his second name, but the people in Tiree used to call him Mr Neil.
EC I see
DS Yes, his son poisoned himself over at Gott Manse. Aye at that room in the manse over at Gott. His father was a minister. And the room in which his son murdered himself, from then on it was not used.
EC Was it not?
DS No. Because my late sister Marion, she was in the service of [Rev] John Gregorson Campbell for years over at that manse, and she knew the house very well. And this room in which - MacLean was his name as far as I know - murdered himself, was not opened at any time. No.
EC Why did he kill himself, I wonder?
DS Well, he made a mistake. He was a doctor in Tiree. And his father was a minister over there at the east end. And he was a boozer. And he was on the booze. And he gave out the wrong medicine to a certain lady. And she was dead. And when he came to his senses he realised what he had done. He went down to this room and poisoned himself. That's the true history about it.
EC Yes, yes. Were there any others in the family? Any brothers or sisters?
DS As far as I know there were sisters, wherever they went. But he was the only son. Mac Mhaighstir Nèill.

This was the manse for the Rev John Gregorson Campbell.

It was bought by Mr Robert Beck and is called Taigh a' Bhet on the modern OS, and the Elizabeth Robertson who opened a craft shop there, and then by the Tainsh family who opened a bed and breakfast in the house.

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Languages : Norse, Gaelic

Informants: unrecorded