A new interactive map that purports to show clan areas at the beginning of the 17th century has come in for criticism, particularly in the Oban area.
Willie Reid wrote: ‘Strictly for the tourists I’m afraid. Clan tartans as we know them are a fairly recent invention, the only difference in colours would have been the vegetable dyes available in certain areas. The map is also doubtful as different clans would merge together in certain areas. Harmless if used as a bit of fun but, a serious aid to genealogy? No. Most of North Lorne is missing.’
Laura Cook commented: ‘ We don’t exist on this map, the Liosaich must have a rebel stronghold!’
Niall Gordan posted: ‘ Well, I already know (and am known in Ireland as this in Gaeilge) I am Niall of the Nine Pints!.’
Linda Simpson lamented: ‘ They missed Buchanan and dont think I saw Carmichael, McDougall, MacCall, McGillivary or Livingstone anywhere on here.’ Laura Cook said: ‘I wasn’t even looking at the names, Lismore just doesn’t feature at all.’
There was also much comment on the hot rumour last week that pop star Beyoncé was aboard a luxury yacht tied up at the North Pier in Oban.
Sine Macfarlane suggested: ‘Heard it is Beyoncé who has chartered it and she will be in Oban on Sunday.’
Michelle Mac disagreed: ‘Its not! Boho Brow & Beauty bar had ‘someone’ in for treatments connected to yacht (client confidentiality) however its 100% not Beyonce & Jay-Z thats on that boat.’
Emma Telfer said: ‘Beyoncé has been in Germany doing a concert this week ... pretty sure it’s not her ... no security or anything around boat!’
Alistair Ogilvie concurred: ‘ Was on the Pier on Thursday at the Gang plank with my Van & there was no security so you can be sure she isn’t aboard..!!!’
Colline Mackiggan quipped: ‘Has she a concert in the Corran Halls.’
Kenny MacNeil responded: ‘Na you’ve got to be really famous to do the halls.’