Glen Creran gardener

I recently came across this photograph of a Victorian gardener who worked in Glen Creran, Argyll. The photograph was annotated with the name of the gardener: Peter Rankin.

To me Peter Rankin looks rather puggled!  It is quite easy to imagine that he had worked hard that day! His hands do seem to reveal that he was a hard worker.

I tried to find out more about Peter Rankin but failed. After the lockdown I will go to Glen Creran  to walk and explore, and whilst there, I will re-imagine the life of Peter Rankin, the puggled gardener.

Update [3 June 2020]:
Thanks to a kind correspondent, who sent a message about her Rankin family, I now know a little more about Peter the ‘puggled gardener’

Peter was the son of Peter Rankin and Janet McLauchlan, born about 1808 in Morvern, Argyll. In January 1840 he married Jean Laurie in the Ardchattan parish of Argyll. He died 13th January 1885 at Claremont Villa, Oban, from disease of the bladder.

Peter Rankin was a gardener for the Campbell family of Balliveolan, Glen Creran. He lived there with his wife and young children, next door to his elderly mother and his brother Duncan.

The Campbell family of Balliveolan once owned the Island of Lismore:

Lismore Island was once described as ‘The Great Garden’. I have visited Lismore several times, taking the short Ferry from Port Appin. It is a special place for me. I last visited in September 2018 with my wife Sian [we are both keen gardeners] when staying at Kinlochlaich Gardens. I made this film about our time there:

The Great Garden:

To play this short film please click here or on the image above

2 Replies to “Glen Creran gardener”

  1. Hi, the puggled gardener was Peter, son of Peter Rankin and Janet McLauchlan. Born about 1808 in Morvern, Argyll, died 1885 at Claremont Villa, Oban. He was described as ‘Proprietor” on the 1881 census for Oban. His death certificate in 1885 says ‘Peter Rankin (gardener) married to Jane Laurie. Died 13th January 1885 at Claremont Villa, Oban. Age 77. Parents Peter Rankin, Farmer (deceased) and Janet McLauchlan (deceased) Cause of death, disease of the bladder. Informant was his son, Peter. His brother, Duncan Rankin, was my 3 x great grandfather and similarly featured in a photograph taken in the same spot in 1866 looking a good bit less defeated by life! He was a crofter, road contractor and post runner during his life.

    1. Dear Lorraine,
      This is fascinating. How kind of you to be in touch. I am so glad to learn more about the Glen Creran gardener and will amend my blog based on what you have provided. Thank you!

      aye Peter

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