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TITLE
Bob Fraser, Portree Auction Mart, 1940s
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_068
PLACENAME
Portree
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
PERIOD
1940s
CREATOR
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
23521
KEYWORDS
cattle
droving
livestock
cattle markets
cattle sales
auctions
Bob Fraser, Portree Auction Mart, 1940s

One of the men pictured here has been identified as Bob Fraser of MacDonald Fraser Auctioneers. This company was originally based in Perth but also opened auction houses in Stirling and Inverness. The man with glasses was a clerk to the auctioneers for many years.

The photograph was taken at a cattle sale on Skye.

Selling a few cattle each year was a necessity for many Highland families. Not only was the income important but the relatively poor grazing ground could not sustain large herds. Small numbers of animals would be purchased from crofters in outlying areas and by doing this drovers would gradually accumulate a significant herd over the course of a few weeks.

At one time, cattle from the Outer Isles would be transferred by boat to Skye. There they would join livestock from that island and together these large herds would be driven down to the narrows at Glenelg where they were encouraged to swim across to the mainland. The cattle were then walked along traditional drove routes to the markets or trysts at Beauly, Crieff or Falkirk. This practise continued for nearly 200 years until the railway provided a faster alternative.

With advances in road and rail transport, small local sales of cattle took place in various parts of Skye and the animals were transported by lorry to the markets on the mainland. Cattle from the Outer Hebrides were shipped to the nearest railway station and then on to market.

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Bob Fraser, Portree Auction Mart, 1940s

INVERNESS: Portree

1940s

cattle; droving; livestock; cattle markets; cattle sales; auctions

Highland Livestock Heritage Society

Highland Livestock Heritage Society photographs

One of the men pictured here has been identified as Bob Fraser of MacDonald Fraser Auctioneers. This company was originally based in Perth but also opened auction houses in Stirling and Inverness. The man with glasses was a clerk to the auctioneers for many years.<br /> <br /> The photograph was taken at a cattle sale on Skye.<br /> <br /> Selling a few cattle each year was a necessity for many Highland families. Not only was the income important but the relatively poor grazing ground could not sustain large herds. Small numbers of animals would be purchased from crofters in outlying areas and by doing this drovers would gradually accumulate a significant herd over the course of a few weeks. <br /> <br /> At one time, cattle from the Outer Isles would be transferred by boat to Skye. There they would join livestock from that island and together these large herds would be driven down to the narrows at Glenelg where they were encouraged to swim across to the mainland. The cattle were then walked along traditional drove routes to the markets or trysts at Beauly, Crieff or Falkirk. This practise continued for nearly 200 years until the railway provided a faster alternative. <br /> <br /> With advances in road and rail transport, small local sales of cattle took place in various parts of Skye and the animals were transported by lorry to the markets on the mainland. Cattle from the Outer Hebrides were shipped to the nearest railway station and then on to market.