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TITLE
Memories of a Highland Drover (2)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_AUDIO_02
DISTRICT
North Uist; South Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS
DATE OF RECORDING
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ian Munro
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
2658
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 remembers how cattle sales deals were financed in the Outer Hebrides. The image shows former auctioneers employed by livestock auctioneers, Reith and Anderson together with various cattle dealers.

'The sales in Uist took, took place twice a year - April and August/September. At the sale - the seller, he got a, he got a piece of paper just like what you have there, with the number of cattle he sold and the price that they made - and at the sale was the local, was the banker, maybe the banker for the whole of the South Uist, and that customer went down to the banker with his little bit paper and was handed the money in cash, or it was transferred to his account. And the banker would be there at the sale, even in those days, with thousands of pounds in money. Folk said, well there's no point anybody pinching it because they would never get off the island. The island's great security. And that's how it was handled in those days. The banker was at the sale and he paid the people then for their livestock. That's the way it was handled then. Everything was quite simple.'

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 (2)

INVERNESS

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 remembers how cattle sales deals were financed in the Outer Hebrides. The image shows former auctioneers employed by livestock auctioneers, Reith and Anderson together with various cattle dealers.<br /> <br /> 'The sales in Uist took, took place twice a year - April and August/September. At the sale - the seller, he got a, he got a piece of paper just like what you have there, with the number of cattle he sold and the price that they made - and at the sale was the local, was the banker, maybe the banker for the whole of the South Uist, and that customer went down to the banker with his little bit paper and was handed the money in cash, or it was transferred to his account. And the banker would be there at the sale, even in those days, with thousands of pounds in money. Folk said, well there's no point anybody pinching it because they would never get off the island. The island's great security. And that's how it was handled in those days. The banker was at the sale and he paid the people then for their livestock. That's the way it was handled then. Everything was quite simple.'<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.