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TITLE
Thatched cottages, Ardnamurchan
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0491
PLACENAME
Ardnamurchan
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10366
KEYWORDS
cottages
thatch
thatching
heather
Sanna
Ardnamurchan
hydro-electric
cottage
Thatched cottages, Ardnamurchan

This group of thatched cottages on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

Traditionally, a thatched roof was based on a wooden frame resting on the cottage walls. It was cheap and light, so it did not put unnecessary weight stress on the walls. Various materials were used such as straw, heather and bent grass, depending on local availability. The thatch was secured with old fishing net or twine, often anchored by large stones.

The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927. She built a home using traditional methods and materials and drew her electricity supply from her own private hydro-electric dam.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Thatched cottages, Ardnamurchan

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

20c

cottages; thatch; thatching; heather; Sanna; Ardnamurchan; hydro-electric; cottage

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This group of thatched cottages on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> Traditionally, a thatched roof was based on a wooden frame resting on the cottage walls. It was cheap and light, so it did not put unnecessary weight stress on the walls. Various materials were used such as straw, heather and bent grass, depending on local availability. The thatch was secured with old fishing net or twine, often anchored by large stones.<br /> <br /> The photographer, Mary Ethel Muir Donaldson, was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927. She built a home using traditional methods and materials and drew her electricity supply from her own private hydro-electric dam. <br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.