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TITLE
Cows on foreshore, Ardnamurchan
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_1046
PLACENAME
Ardnamurchan
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10936
KEYWORDS
social histories
cattle
cow
Highland cattle
clearances
croft
crofting
Cows on foreshore, Ardnamurchan

These Highland cows were photographed on the Ardnamurchan foreshore by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. They are probably one of the valuable assets of a nearby crofter.

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.

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. Between 1912 and 1949 she 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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Cows on foreshore, Ardnamurchan

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

20c

social histories; cattle; cow; Highland cattle; clearances; croft; crofting

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

These Highland cows were photographed on the Ardnamurchan foreshore by M.E.M. Donaldson in the first half of the 20th century. They are probably one of the valuable assets of a nearby crofter.<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 /> 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. Between 1912 and 1949 she 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.