300s - Picts were in control of the Area,
and most of Northern Scotland.
500s - the area was controlled by Dalriada
Kings including Western Scotland and some
Western Isles. Dalriada people were said to be
500s - St Columba set up a Monastery on the
Iona a few miles south, the start of
Christianity in Scotland.
800s - Vikings took control of the Area.
1200s - Scots Kings began taking control of
all Scotland, forcing the Vikings out of the
Western Isles and uniting the many Kingdoms of
Scotland under one King.
1400s - Clan MacQuarrie are recorded as
owning the Islands of Ulva, Staffa, Gometra,
and parts of Mull.
Kelp Seaweed, Potato's, and Sheep were the
Islands main Economy.
1746 - Clan MacQuarrie fought at the
Battle of Culloden on the losing
Jacobite side against the Government
1762 - Lachlan Macquarie was born on
Ulva. He became a top Military man serving for
the British Government throughout the World. He
became known as the Father of Australia, being
Governor of New South Wales from 1809 -
1777 - the MacQuarries sold their land on
Ulva, Gometra and Mull.
1835 - Francis William Clark bought Ulva and
Gometra and began the Clearance of many
Crofters. About two thirds of the Islands were
Cleared within a few years, with many of their
1830s - Ulva had 16 small Villages with Shoe
Makers, Boat Builders, Carpenters, Tailors,
Weavers, and Blacksmiths.
1841 - the population of Ulva and the
neighbouring smaller Island of Gometra was
about 850, mainly in the 16 small Villages.
The explorer David Livingstone's
Grandparents lived on a Croft on the south side
1840s - the Highland Potato
Famine led to more Families leaving the
1848 - the population of Ulva and Gometra
had reduced to around 150, due to the
Clearances and Potato Famine.
1940s - the Clark's sold the Island. There
is a Memorial on the south side of the Island,
on top of a Hill, built for the Clark's.
2011 - the population on Ulva was 11, and
2018 - a Local Community began raising money
to buy Ulva so they can re-populate the Island
and make it more suitable for Tourism.