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TITLE
A Traveller's Tale - Feeding the Family
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_TRAVELLER_INTERVIEW_05
PLACENAME
N/A
DATE OF IMAGE
2003
PERIOD
2000s
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
11719
KEYWORDS
travelling folk
travellers
A Traveller's Tale - Feeding the Family

In 2003 Inverness Museum & Art Gallery held an exhibition on travelling people. To help with the research for the exhibition, Willie, a traveller, took part in an interesting and very informative oral history interview. Here, he talks about feeding the family. (The image shows a typical traveller's camp from around 1920-1940)

How much food came from what you could catch or get off the land?

What we used tae do, we used tae keep lurcher dogs. We used tae kill oor own hares; ma father would set snares. He was what ye would call a 'born pochaer'. Rabbits, hares, pheasant - things like that - we were brought up on a lot of that. Well, fishin - lot o fishin - poached salmon an things like that. A lot o travellers wouldn't bother, likes o the edge o the town. When Ah was bein brought up we didn't believe in stayin near a town at all; it was the country all the time.

In the summer it was easy. Ma father used to do a lot o work round the farms. Used to call them wire baskets - tattie baskets. Plus, as Ah say, come May he was at the pearl fishin, which was a good livin, an ye had the berries. We never used to go to Blair - used to go to Rothes. Up here was a good place round here and Beauly, between Beauly and Inverness, we used tae work there. Summer was easy, winter was a lot o harships. But, still got our dole money - in ma father's time didnae get any dole money!

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A Traveller's Tale - Feeding the Family

2000s

travelling folk; travellers;

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

A Traveller's Tale

In 2003 Inverness Museum & Art Gallery held an exhibition on travelling people. To help with the research for the exhibition, Willie, a traveller, took part in an interesting and very informative oral history interview. Here, he talks about feeding the family. (The image shows a typical traveller's camp from around 1920-1940)<br /> <br /> How much food came from what you could catch or get off the land?<br /> <br /> What we used tae do, we used tae keep lurcher dogs. We used tae kill oor own hares; ma father would set snares. He was what ye would call a 'born pochaer'. Rabbits, hares, pheasant - things like that - we were brought up on a lot of that. Well, fishin - lot o fishin - poached salmon an things like that. A lot o travellers wouldn't bother, likes o the edge o the town. When Ah was bein brought up we didn't believe in stayin near a town at all; it was the country all the time. <br /> <br /> In the summer it was easy. Ma father used to do a lot o work round the farms. Used to call them wire baskets - tattie baskets. Plus, as Ah say, come May he was at the pearl fishin, which was a good livin, an ye had the berries. We never used to go to Blair - used to go to Rothes. Up here was a good place round here and Beauly, between Beauly and Inverness, we used tae work there. Summer was easy, winter was a lot o harships. But, still got our dole money - in ma father's time didnae get any dole money!