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TITLE
Carting home peat
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_FISHERGIRLS_16
DATE OF RECORDING
1984
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1959
KEYWORDS
peats
fuel
creels
audio

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Peat was once used as a fuel source throughout the Highlands and Islands. Often, the women would cart the peat home on their backs, in a large basket called a creel. In Orkney the basket was called a cassie; in Shetland, a kishie. In this audio extract, a Highland resident recalls carting home peat for the family.

'Yes, I've carted home peat. It's sort o a cart I had, it was a float. I enjoyed that, so, it was very good peat in what we called Klon Dyke. I don't know, it must have opened up at the time of the Klondike rush, because the ladies called it Klon Dyke. We used to have to go over a river or, it was a great, great deal of fun for me. The old mare, of course, could go to it herself. Yes? Yes, yes, she was, a piebald beast we had. No, I enjoyed that. We had very good peat, that hard, black peat'

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Carting home peat

1980s

peats; fuel; creels; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Fisher Lassies

Peat was once used as a fuel source throughout the Highlands and Islands. Often, the women would cart the peat home on their backs, in a large basket called a creel. In Orkney the basket was called a cassie; in Shetland, a kishie. In this audio extract, a Highland resident recalls carting home peat for the family.<br /> <br /> 'Yes, I've carted home peat. It's sort o a cart I had, it was a float. I enjoyed that, so, it was very good peat in what we called Klon Dyke. I don't know, it must have opened up at the time of the Klondike rush, because the ladies called it Klon Dyke. We used to have to go over a river or, it was a great, great deal of fun for me. The old mare, of course, could go to it herself. Yes? Yes, yes, she was, a piebald beast we had. No, I enjoyed that. We had very good peat, that hard, black peat'