Smugglers, Feuars and the Millport Plan 1779

I have finally completed putting together a number of loose ends which surround my great,  great, grandfather’s life on Cumbrae.  His memorial located in the Mid Kirkton Cemetery acknowledges that Samuel Ford was a feuar.  But what exactly is a feuar, and what part had it to play in the life of Samuel and the island community on Cumbrae?  I seek to draw these aspects together in Smugglers, Feuars and the Millport Plan 1779.

In order to complete my research, it was necessary to gain access to the original Fue Plan of Miln Port 1779.  Because of the restrictions applying to COVID, I was not able to locate this plan until recently. Ayrshire Archive Centre forwarded me a copy of the plan but in order to do so, I had to sign a document that the image is used for family research purposes and restricted to my ‘extended family’.  As you will see in reading Smugglers, Feuars and the Millport Plan 1779, Millport did not exist until the Feu Plan of 1779.   The Plan created a community and those involved may well be acknowledged as part of an extended family. Regardless of the technicalities, I would urge caution in using the image of the Plan.