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TITLE
Memories of a Highland Drover (1)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_AUDIO_01
PLACENAME
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Dingwall
DATE OF RECORDING
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ian Munro
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
2657
KEYWORDS
drovers
droving
markets
cattle drovers
cattle droving
marts
cattle sales
audios

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In this audio extract, recorded in 2006, former drover Ian Munro recalls his early droving experiences. The image is of Ian, aged 22, with his dog, Tan.

Interviewer: You were a drover with Reith and Anderson?

'No. I was only - I wasn't, I was never an employee of Reith and Anderson, but I worked for them the same as a lot of boys do now. On a busy sale day, you would get called in to work. I was working for Reith and Andersons when I was still in school in Dingwall. And Geordie McCallum, whom you've got there, we used to come out of school about, well 4 o'clock, close, eh, school closed, throw our school bags into the mart office in Dingwall, and walk all the cattle and sheep - 90% of them, were, left Dingwall by rail, and we walked the cattle and the sheep. If it was a cattle sale we walked cattle down to the station, and back for the next lot, and that was the routine.'

Ian Munro was born at Blackhill Farm, Evanton, Ross-shire in 1933. His father and grandfather were sheep and cattle dealers, and it was through his father's links with the livestock auctioneers, Reith and Anderson, that Ian, aged only 11 or 12, began assisting at livestock sales in Dingwall. At the age of 18, Ian started going out to the Uists with Reith and Anderson as a drover to help at the seasonal sales. At that time, there were no facilities for landing lorries on the islands so cattle had to be driven on foot from the sales to the boat, until the advent of roll on roll off ferries in 1965.

Ian took over the family farm near Evanton in 1964 and farmed there until 1984. He continued to help out at auction sales in Dingwall when required. Since giving up the farm, Ian has remained in farming related work, driving lorries, selling grass seed and helping neighbours and family with livestock.

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Memories of a Highland Drover (1)

ROSS: Dingwall

2000s

drovers; droving; markets; cattle drovers; cattle droving; marts; cattle sales; audios

Highland Livestock Heritage Society

Highland Livestock Heritage Society audios

In this audio extract, recorded in 2006, former drover Ian Munro recalls his early droving experiences. The image is of Ian, aged 22, with his dog, Tan.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: You were a drover with Reith and Anderson? <br /> <br /> 'No. I was only - I wasn't, I was never an employee of Reith and Anderson, but I worked for them the same as a lot of boys do now. On a busy sale day, you would get called in to work. I was working for Reith and Andersons when I was still in school in Dingwall. And Geordie McCallum, whom you've got there, we used to come out of school about, well 4 o'clock, close, eh, school closed, throw our school bags into the mart office in Dingwall, and walk all the cattle and sheep - 90% of them, were, left Dingwall by rail, and we walked the cattle and the sheep. If it was a cattle sale we walked cattle down to the station, and back for the next lot, and that was the routine.'<br /> <br /> Ian Munro was born at Blackhill Farm, Evanton, Ross-shire in 1933. His father and grandfather were sheep and cattle dealers, and it was through his father's links with the livestock auctioneers, Reith and Anderson, that Ian, aged only 11 or 12, began assisting at livestock sales in Dingwall. At the age of 18, Ian started going out to the Uists with Reith and Anderson as a drover to help at the seasonal sales. At that time, there were no facilities for landing lorries on the islands so cattle had to be driven on foot from the sales to the boat, until the advent of roll on roll off ferries in 1965. <br /> <br /> Ian took over the family farm near Evanton in 1964 and farmed there until 1984. He continued to help out at auction sales in Dingwall when required. Since giving up the farm, Ian has remained in farming related work, driving lorries, selling grass seed and helping neighbours and family with livestock.