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Crofting and Way of Life - page 1
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HCD_POCKETMUSEUM_053
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Drumbuie
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South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
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Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
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13190
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Pocket Museum
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Clan Donald Library
libraries
estates
Macdonalds
Skye
Armadale
Sleat
crofts
crofting
crofters
agriculture
Drumbuie
stooks
oats
crops
Crofting and Way of Life - page 1

Corn Stooks in Drumbuie
In the Highlands the word 'corn' means oats. Oats were grown for human and animal feeding. The corn was sown in the spring and cut in the autumn. The corn was cut using sickles or scythes or, later, using a horse reaper (mower).

Once it was cut, the corn was tied into bundles called sheaves. The sheaves were propped up together to make a stook, and left to dry. The last sheaf to be cut was called the 'Cailleach' or 'Old Woman'. In the past, before wheat flour and bread arrived in the highlands and islands, the people ate oatcakes. It is called 'aran coirce' in Gaelic, which means 'oat bread'.

'In Skye people have told me that they can remember the Cailleach sometimes the last sheaf to be built into the stack was carefully arranged on the very top and was called the Cailleach and was thought to protect it.' I.F. Grant - 'Highland Folk Ways'

Very few crofters still grow oats. And if they do, now they have tractors to help with the work.

Clan Donald Library's Pocket Museum is a collection of notes, maps, photographs, illustrations and extracts from the archives which give an insight in to life on a highland estate. Clan Donald Library is located in a purpose built museum, the Museum of the Isles, in the grounds of Armadale Castle. The castle is situated in the heart of an estate, once part of the traditional lands of Clan Donald, on the Sleat Peninsula, in the south of the Isle of Skye.

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Crofting and Way of Life - page 1

ROSS: Lochalsh

Pocket Museum; museums; Clan Donald Library; libraries; estates; Macdonalds; Skye; Armadale; Sleat; crofts; crofting; crofters; agriculture; Drumbuie; stooks; oats; crops

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Pocket Museum (photographs)

Corn Stooks in Drumbuie<br /> In the Highlands the word 'corn' means oats. Oats were grown for human and animal feeding. The corn was sown in the spring and cut in the autumn. The corn was cut using sickles or scythes or, later, using a horse reaper (mower).<br /> <br /> Once it was cut, the corn was tied into bundles called sheaves. The sheaves were propped up together to make a stook, and left to dry. The last sheaf to be cut was called the 'Cailleach' or 'Old Woman'. In the past, before wheat flour and bread arrived in the highlands and islands, the people ate oatcakes. It is called 'aran coirce' in Gaelic, which means 'oat bread'.<br /> <br /> 'In Skye people have told me that they can remember the Cailleach sometimes the last sheaf to be built into the stack was carefully arranged on the very top and was called the Cailleach and was thought to protect it.' I.F. Grant - 'Highland Folk Ways'<br /> <br /> Very few crofters still grow oats. And if they do, now they have tractors to help with the work.<br /> <br /> Clan Donald Library's Pocket Museum is a collection of notes, maps, photographs, illustrations and extracts from the archives which give an insight in to life on a highland estate. Clan Donald Library is located in a purpose built museum, the Museum of the Isles, in the grounds of Armadale Castle. The castle is situated in the heart of an estate, once part of the traditional lands of Clan Donald, on the Sleat Peninsula, in the south of the Isle of Skye.