Tarbert: Historic Images

Tarbert, at the end of the 19th century was (and still is) a small fishing village, best known for its herring industry. It was a popular destination for holiday makers from Glasgow, and was captured in many images by the famous George Washington Wilson, one of the most notable photographers of the time, who not only worked as a portrait photographer for wealthy families of Britain, but also as photographer to Queen Victoria. In an age where photography was an emerging technology and cameras were not readily avaiable (and certainly not affordable) for ordinary people, the images captured in throughout Britain, and around the world by GW Wilson are an invalubale record of the areas and the people he visited. 37,0o0 images from his collection of plate glass negatives are held in the University of Aberdeen Photographic Archive and can be viewed and purchased (copies) online.

In GW Washington’s footsteps, James Valentine’s company, Valentines of Dundee were another prolific publisher of topographical views of Scottish towns and villages. The images I have put here are from post cards purchased over many years. Most of them are not in great condition, but perhaps similar images could be purchased from the archival sites. The Stonefeild Castle Hotel in Tarbert has some amazing photos adorning the walls of the old part of the hotel.

Many of these images come from postcards, but my most precious ones came from a cousin in Sydney, Australia. John Crawford’s father, Duncan Crawford, left Tarbert in 1908. Prior to that he had lived with his widowed grandmother, Margaret McDonald, in her little croft in Tarbert. As she farewelled him (in tears) at the pier, she gave him a little booklet of photos, taken by GW Wilson, and one of them, I’m certain is of her husband, Donald McDonald of Gigha, my g-g-g grandfather, sitting at the pier in Tarbert.

I found it was quite a task to locate the images that would help me visualize  the life and times of Margaret Galbraith and Donald McDonald, who’s great emigration adventure from Gigha took them only as far as Tarbert.  Most of the pictures from the north show their croft at Baluachradch, up on the hill behind the school. Others show the town, images of fishing life or places my Granny, Agnes used to talk about. I am happy to share them, I am presuming since they are all 19th and early 20th century images, widely available on postcards, they are Public Domain and don’t infringe copyright.

 

 

The Three Churches of Tarbert

 

West Loch Tarbert

 

West Loch Tarbert

 

War Memorial Tarbert (WWI 1914-1918)

 

Peir Road Tarbert

 

Pier Rd Tarbert ~ 1930's

 

Castle

 

Tarbert Castle

 

The Castle, Tarbert

 

Tarbert Castle

 

Postcard, Tarbert Castle

 

 

Tarbert, Good View of Uncle Duncan McDonald's Croft

 

Tarbert from War Memorial, the Best View of Baluachradch

 

 

Tarbert from the North

 

 

Granny McDonald's Croft. GW Wilson early 1890's

 

 

Tarbert from the White Shore

 

Tarbert, White Shore

 

Quiet Corner

 

Tarbert Harbour

 

Tarbert Fishermen

 

Tarbert

 

Tarbert

 

Tarbert Harbour

 

Herring Harvest, Tarbert

 

 

Herring Women, Tarbert - These women came from out of town in the herring season

 

 

Tarbert from the East

 

Whitehouse from Granny McDonald's Book

 

Stonefeild House, Tarbert from Granny McDonald's Book

 

Tarbert from the rear of Aunty Annie's (Annie McAlpine) home

 

Harbour St Tarbert from Granny's Book

 

Donald McDonald? Quay Tarbert, from Granny McDonald's Book

 

1930's?

 

Harbour St Tarbert showing Crofts of Baluachradch

 

Tarbert Harbour

 

Pier Rd

 

The Old Pier

 

Tarbert from SW, The Back Street

 

Evening on the Harbour

 

Tarbert from the Battery

 

Tarbert

 

 

Tarbert Quay (~ 1930s)

 

Fishing Boats Tarbert

 

Tarbert Fishing Boats, Harbour St

 

Stonefeild Castle Hotel

 

Tarbert, Postcard

 

Handcoloured Tarbert

 

Tarbert Loch Fyne Handcoloured

 

Columba at the Pier

 

Pier Road Handcoloured

 

Pier Road

 

Great View of Baluachradch

 

Loch Fyne Fishing Boats

 

Pre 1900 hand coloured

 

Stonefeild House Handcoloured

 

Tarbert

 

Tarbert

 

Tarbert

 

Tarbert

 

West Loch Tarbert

 

Tarbert

 

West Loch Tarbert

 

Tarbert Village

 

Tarbert Castle & Quay

 

Tarbert Castle, Quay and Isthmus

 

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