United States Congressman visits

23 August 2007

A Senior United States Congressman visited Lismore to see for himself the place which two branches of his family left in the late 1700s to settle in North Carolina.  Douglas Carmichael McIntyre 11, known as Mike, was visiting Argyll with fellow congressmen as part of the Friends of Scotland Caucus which promotes links between the two countries. Earlier his father, also Douglas Carmichael McIntyre, had told this site that his greatest regret was that he had waited so late in life to dig deeper into his family’s history.

But that has now been put right to an extent as Mike and his wife Dee visited first the Livingstones of Bachuil where they were shown the Staff of St Moluag and later the Parish church. The Staff put them in touch with the beginnings of the strong Christian faith the Carmichaels and MacIntyres had taken to North Carolina where they had started Presbyterian churches one of which his family still attends. In Lismore church Mike and Dee privately renewed their wedding vows remembering their ancestors who had worshipped and married there before them. 

The exhibition room at Ionad Naomh Moluag filled in yet more blanks with its portrayal of the lives of Liosachs through the centuries, so, when they visited Achinduin, the stronghold of the MacIntyres, and chatted to Donnie and Iris MacColl, Mike was able to see the last house occupied by MacIntyres and walk the land his ancestors had worked.

Before catching the afternoon ferry the couple visited Lismore School and met the pupils included a possible descendant Aileen Carmichael.  Head Teacher Jennifer Lang, who has herself taught in the United States, gave them a great welcome and Mike joined the PE class for a brief games session.

  Mike and Dee at Ionad Naomh Moluag, Lismore's new Museum


   Below: Outside the last house occupied by MacIntyres   

Left: Mike outside Taigh Iseabal Dhaid the award winning reconstructed croft cottage which would have been similar to his ancestors' dwelling

At Achinduin

Meeting Iris MacColl

Mike and Dee with Donnie and Iris MacColl

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