Frequently Asked Questions
|Census and Population Data||- click on this link for further information.|
|The parishes of Mull||- click on this link for further details about the parishes including an outline map.|
|Scottish naming conventions and|
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|The are no Roman Catholic records for the island prior to 1855.
Mull records are recorded in 7 divisions
Western end of the Ross (ie Fionnphort & Kintra) but not the Isle of Erraid).
|1829 to 1854||1829 to 1854||1835 to 1854|
|Kilvickeon - the Ross of Mull westward, from its march (common boundry) with (538) Iona, to the head of Loch Scridain and Carsaig on the south coast.||1804 to 1854||1804 to 1854||None|
|Kilfinichen - from the head of Loch Scridain clockwise round the coast to Creag Mhor and including the Inch Kenneth (group of) islands and the land west of Ben More.||1804 to 1854||1804 to 1854||None|
|544||Kilninian & Kilmore - from Killiechronan (at the head of Loch na Keil) clockwise round the coast, excluding the Isle of Eorsa but including the Isles of Ulva & Gometra, to Penmore and Croig.||1766 to 1854||1766 to 1854||None|
|545||Kinlochspelvie - the south eastern corner of Mull from Loch Buie (in the west) to Craignure (in the east) and including Torosay.||1842 to 1854||1842 to 1851||None|
|548||Salen - the area surronding Salen from Aros (Grid ref NM 565 455) (in the north) to Pennygowan (in the south) but not including Gruline (in the west).||1828 to 1854||1832 to 1854||None|
|549||Tobermory. - the area surrounding Tobermory from its boundary with 544 round the coast to Aros (Grid Ref (NM 525 525) (in the south).||1830 to 1854||1830 to 1854||None|
|550||Torosay - the remaining area bounding with 542, 544, 545 & 548.||1772 +
1793 to 1819
|1805 to 1819
1830 to 1854
Special Note on 1855 Registrations by kind permission of Jo Currie
1855 being the first year of Civil Registration in Scotland, the Registrar devised an over-elaborate form of record, which had to be abandoned the following year. But registrations of deaths particularly are full of the most wonderful detail (there are even a few late December 1854 deaths, which are registered in early January 1855), like where the person was born - giving the name of the farm or house, not just the parish- how many years he/she has been living in the place where he/she died; names of parents of deceased; how many marriages the deceased person had had; names of all spouses; names of all children from each marriage; whether the children are living or dead, and in some cases giving the age of the child at death; where the person who died is to be buried (often very significant as indicating the family's tradition of burial, and therefore their origins); name of person taking charge of the funeral; name of informant and relationship to deceased. With such a feast of facts in 1855, it is often of great value to have a sibling born married or dead in 1855, as that will give you many insights about your own ancestor, and more information than you'd get in the ancestor's own death. These 1855 b,m & d records are often called 'extended records', and are a real godsend.
Notes on the Old Parish Records by kind permission of Mary McLean Hoff
When a source lists the parish as Kilfinichen, they are actually referring to the united parishes of Kilfinichen & Kilviceon. These two Mull parishes were combined sometime in the 1600's and remained united today. Kilfinichen parish covers the area of Mull known as Ardmeanach and Kilviceon covers the areas know as The Brolas and The Ross (on a map of the island, The Brolas and The Ross is the long "foot" that sticks out from the bottom of the island).
The only parish records that exist for any part the island are the Old Pariochial Registers (OPR's), which are Presbyterian.
These OPR's have been abstracted into the IGI, but I don't think the IGI has all the information contained in the OPR's. The OPR's contain only information about Christenings and Marriages and for Kilfinichen & Kilviceon Parish they only exist for the period from 1804 to 1854. There were earlier registers but they were lost overboard (so the story goes) into Loch Scridian as they were being moved from Kilfinichen to Kilviceon. They stop at 1854 as do all OPR's, because in 1855 Scotland began government registration of births, marriages and deaths and the government kept all the records after that. There are no death or burial records for any of the island of Mull prior to 1855.
The Surname 'Mull'. There is no known connection between the surname 'Mull' and the island. That does not preclude a connection as it is possible that settlers in an area adopted the surname 'Mull' in order to distinguish them from another family in the area with the same surname. This also happens on Mull where two or more in a close area share the same forename.
There are a number of Mull's to be found in the USA and in Australia. Those interested in researching the surname are asked to contact Amber Mull whose email address is :- email@example.com
There is also a forum for the surname. It is to be found at http://genforum.genealogy.com/mull/
The meaning of Mull. In his book 'The Isle of Mull, Placenames, Meanings and Stories', Charles Maclean writes - "Nearly 2000 years ago Ptolemy called it [Mull] 'Malaeos' and a quote from Watson 1916 is 'Malaias' is now 'Muile', anglicised to 'Mull'. It shows a common suffix 'aios' which becomes in Gaelic '-e'. The first part may be compared , perhaps, with Gaelic Mol-ach (praise) and Gaelic Muileach (dear, beloved). If these are connected with Czechoslovakian 'Iz-moleti', 'eminere', 'to stand prominent', the E-Celt 'Malaios' might have the satisfactory meaning of 'Lofty Isle', foreshadowing our 'Muile nam Mor-bheann' - 'Mull of the Great Peaks'. In the same strain MacBain comments : the word may come from the root 'mal', which Dr. Whitley Stokes compares with Albanian 'mal' (mountain range, border), Lettic 'mala', border, to which we may add Gaelic 'Mala' (eyebrow). The idea would therefore be 'the Mountainous Island': 'Muile nam Morbheann'.
An Drẹlluinn; an old name for the island of Mull
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