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TITLE
Carrying peat
EXTERNAL ID
HCD01086
PLACENAME
Fernaig, Achmore
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
PERIOD
1930s
CREATOR
Duncan Macpherson
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
12709
KEYWORDS
peat
carrying
Margaret Leigh
author
Carrying peat

The lady hard at work in this photograph is probably Margaret Leigh, author of 'Highland Homespun' which was published in 1936. According to Duncan Macpherson in his book 'Gateway to Skye', Leigh "raised a hornet's nest in the district" with some of her descriptions of local people. In this, her first book, she described them as "indolent". From 1925 she lived in the Lochalsh area, and spent four years working for Mr Forbes of Fernaig House, Achmore, indeed dedicating Highland Homespun to G. and A.M. Forbes of Fernaig, before becoming the tenant of a small farm in 1933. Her book covers a year of farming in the Western Highlands and Macpherson notes "in her spare time she rode on horseback through the parish collecting material for the masterpiece which she later produced." This is one of three photographs which Duncan Macpherson took of cutting and transporting peat


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Carrying peat

ROSS: Lochalsh

1930s

peat; carrying; Margaret Leigh; author

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Duncan Macpherson (photographs)

The lady hard at work in this photograph is probably Margaret Leigh, author of 'Highland Homespun' which was published in 1936. According to Duncan Macpherson in his book 'Gateway to Skye', Leigh "raised a hornet's nest in the district" with some of her descriptions of local people. In this, her first book, she described them as "indolent". From 1925 she lived in the Lochalsh area, and spent four years working for Mr Forbes of Fernaig House, Achmore, indeed dedicating Highland Homespun to G. and A.M. Forbes of Fernaig, before becoming the tenant of a small farm in 1933. Her book covers a year of farming in the Western Highlands and Macpherson notes "in her spare time she rode on horseback through the parish collecting material for the masterpiece which she later produced." This is one of three photographs which Duncan Macpherson took of cutting and transporting peat <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a><br />