MacCallum's Cairn Back

Tùr Mhic Chaluim in Kilkenneth was erected by the people of Tiree in honour of the Reverend Donald MacCallum who became a champion of the rights of crofters and cottars during The Highland Clearances. He served as minister in Loch Geàrr, Arisaig and Skye, before coming to Tiree in 1887. Wherever he went he witnessed the cruel and brutal eviction of men, women and children from their homes by wealthy landlords. When he was on Skye, he became the only Highland minister of that era to be imprisoned for his political beliefs. After his release, he came to Tiree but was moved on after only 18 months by the landlord here. An inscription on the memorial reads: ‘Tùr McCallum, 1st July 1889. Bas no Buaidh / Death or Victory.’