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TITLE
Thatched cottage, Red Cuillin, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_1080
PLACENAME
Red Cuillin
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Strath
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
10958
KEYWORDS
social histories
thatching
thatched cottages
thatched roofs
Thatched cottage, Red Cuillin, Skye

This thatched cottage, nestling below the Red Cuillin in Skye, 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, eventually settling at Sanna, Ardnamurchan, 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 area, including an account of the building of her home at Sanna. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958 and was buried in Oban


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Thatched cottage, Red Cuillin, Skye

INVERNESS: Strath

20c

social histories; thatching; thatched cottages; thatched roofs

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

This thatched cottage, nestling below the Red Cuillin in Skye, 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, eventually settling at Sanna, Ardnamurchan, 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 area, including an account of the building of her home at Sanna. 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.