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TITLE
Ruined building, Ardnamurchan Peninsula
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0573
PLACENAME
Ardnamurchan
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10493
KEYWORDS
cottages
ruins
Ardnamurchan
Clearances
sheep
deer
kelp
emigration
crofts
croft
Ruined building, Ardnamurchan Peninsula

This ruined building on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson.

The late 18th and early 19th century was a period of great change throughout the Highlands and Islands, and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula was no exception. In order to make estates more profitable, landlords were raising rents and clearing tenants to the coasts to make way for sheep and deer farms. Labour was needed for businesses, such as kelp (seaweed) harvesting and fishing and small plots, known as crofts, were created for this new workforce. The land came under pressure as the population rose, leading to famine. The crofters could be evicted at any point and many were forced to emigrate.

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.

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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Ruined building, Ardnamurchan Peninsula

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

20c

cottages; ruins; Ardnamurchan; Clearances; sheep; deer; kelp; emigration; crofts; croft

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This ruined building on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula was photographed in the first half of the 20th century by M.E.M. Donaldson. <br /> <br /> The late 18th and early 19th century was a period of great change throughout the Highlands and Islands, and the Ardnamurchan Peninsula was no exception. In order to make estates more profitable, landlords were raising rents and clearing tenants to the coasts to make way for sheep and deer farms. Labour was needed for businesses, such as kelp (seaweed) harvesting and fishing and small plots, known as crofts, were created for this new workforce. The land came under pressure as the population rose, leading to famine. The crofters could be evicted at any point and many were forced to emigrate.<br /> <br /> 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.<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.