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TITLE
Uamh Ur, Colonsay
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0922
PLACENAME
Uamh Ur
DISTRICT
Jura and Colonsay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Colonsay and Oronsay
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10815
KEYWORDS
social histories
caves
animal bones
photograph
coast
coasts
coastline
islands
Uamh Ur, Colonsay

This photograph shows the entrance to a cave on the island of Colonsay. The cave may be Uamh Ur, the 'New Cave', a large three-chambered cave, discovered in 1880 by Mr Symington Grieve. Evidence of early occupation, such as successive layers of ashes, charcoal and animal bone, were found amongst the deposits on the cave floor. The photograph was taken by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Uamh Ur, Colonsay

ARGYLL: Colonsay and Oronsay

20c

social histories; caves; animal bones; photograph; coast; coasts; coastline; islands

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This photograph shows the entrance to a cave on the island of Colonsay. The cave may be Uamh Ur, the 'New Cave', a large three-chambered cave, discovered in 1880 by Mr Symington Grieve. Evidence of early occupation, such as successive layers of ashes, charcoal and animal bone, were found amongst the deposits on the cave floor. The photograph was taken by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. Between 1912 and 1949 she produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.