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TITLE
Growing Potatoes
EXTERNAL ID
PAN2_117
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
1950s
CREATOR
J Nairn
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
20112
KEYWORDS
potatoes
crops
farming
gardening
fields
farminged
Growing Potatoes

Potatoes have been grown in the Highlands since the 17th century. By the mid-18th century a shortage of arable land due to sheep farming meant that the majority of the population was dependent on a good potato crop. This meant that the potato blight of 1845-46 was a disaster for the Highlands and Islands. Through government aid and some help from landlords, the death toll was lower than it was in Ireland. The famine, however, did fuel mass emigration and further clearance.

This photograph shows a farmer in the 1950s working in his potato field. He is hoeing to loosen the soil and get rid of any weeds that might threaten his crop


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Growing Potatoes

1950s

potatoes; crops; farming; gardening; fields; farminged

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

Jimmy Nairn & Son

Potatoes have been grown in the Highlands since the 17th century. By the mid-18th century a shortage of arable land due to sheep farming meant that the majority of the population was dependent on a good potato crop. This meant that the potato blight of 1845-46 was a disaster for the Highlands and Islands. Through government aid and some help from landlords, the death toll was lower than it was in Ireland. The famine, however, did fuel mass emigration and further clearance.<br /> <br /> This photograph shows a farmer in the 1950s working in his potato field. He is hoeing to loosen the soil and get rid of any weeds that might threaten his crop <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.<br />