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TITLE
Thatched cottage, Loch Long, Wester Ross
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0765
PLACENAME
Loch Long
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10664
KEYWORDS
thatched cottages
thatch
thatching
Thatched cottage, Loch Long, Wester Ross

This thatched cottage, on the shores of Loch Long, Wester Ross, was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.

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.

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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Thatched cottage, Loch Long, Wester Ross

ROSS: Lochalsh

20c

thatched cottages; thatch; thatching

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This thatched cottage, on the shores of Loch Long, Wester Ross, was photographed by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> 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 /> 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.