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Memories of a Highland Drover (3)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_AUDIO_03
DATE OF RECORDING
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ian Munro
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
2660
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 various buyers and auctioneers involved in the cattle industry in the Outer Hebrides. The image (1954) shows some of the gentlemen mentioned in Ian's recording.

'This gentleman was Willie White. He was the cashier for Corsons. That chap there, is, we knew him as Louie Stuart. Donald Cameron, he had a different name for him. He was from Fort William. Now of all those ones in, that's in the boat there - I think that there's just Geordie McCallum, Donald and myself. That's the lot.

That was a Danny Clark, have you got it there?

Interviewer: Number 10 - yes, yardsman at Oban.

Yes, and a, and a great athlete too. That chap Danny Clark also assisted in the evacuation of St. Kilda.

Interviewer: And who was he not sure about? Bill Rimmer? Number 4, which is ..

That's the man with the hat.

Interviewer: Yes, yes. That's right is it?

Yes. He belonged to Crieff, I think. Perth or Crieff. He was a, a potato merchant. And this gemtleman at the very back, Duncan Macrae, he was the, he was employed by the ministry as the - he went round punching the calves for the subsidy, and he always came with us to the sales because a lot of them would bring their calves along to the sale and they got their ear punched and then they got the subsidy.

This was Alasdair Mackay. He was the head yardsman of Reith and Anderson's in Dingwall. That's John Munro, auctioneer - now John Munro belonged to Beauly, Wellhouse, Beauly. This man, this man hiding at the back here, well not hiding at the back but sitting further down, he had the island of Rona off the, off the coast of Skye. Donald McCallum. Sorry I can't remember the name of the dog. But Giddy Scott, that, that, he was head yardsman. He was equal with Corsons as Alistair Mackay was with Reith and Andersons.

Interviewer: And is that coming into - That is, that -

Interviewer: Benbecula?

Eh, that will be leaving Benbecula going towards South Uist, no North Uist. It's after loading all the cattle in South Uist. Benbecula and South Uist was Saturday, Monday Tuesday. That was the three days the sales took place.'

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 (3)

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 various buyers and auctioneers involved in the cattle industry in the Outer Hebrides. The image (1954) shows some of the gentlemen mentioned in Ian's recording.<br /> <br /> 'This gentleman was Willie White. He was the cashier for Corsons. That chap there, is, we knew him as Louie Stuart. Donald Cameron, he had a different name for him. He was from Fort William. Now of all those ones in, that's in the boat there - I think that there's just Geordie McCallum, Donald and myself. That's the lot.<br /> <br /> That was a Danny Clark, have you got it there?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Number 10 - yes, yardsman at Oban.<br /> <br /> Yes, and a, and a great athlete too. That chap Danny Clark also assisted in the evacuation of St. Kilda.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And who was he not sure about? Bill Rimmer? Number 4, which is ..<br /> <br /> That's the man with the hat.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes, yes. That's right is it? <br /> <br /> Yes. He belonged to Crieff, I think. Perth or Crieff. He was a, a potato merchant. And this gemtleman at the very back, Duncan Macrae, he was the, he was employed by the ministry as the - he went round punching the calves for the subsidy, and he always came with us to the sales because a lot of them would bring their calves along to the sale and they got their ear punched and then they got the subsidy.<br /> <br /> This was Alasdair Mackay. He was the head yardsman of Reith and Anderson's in Dingwall. That's John Munro, auctioneer - now John Munro belonged to Beauly, Wellhouse, Beauly. This man, this man hiding at the back here, well not hiding at the back but sitting further down, he had the island of Rona off the, off the coast of Skye. Donald McCallum. Sorry I can't remember the name of the dog. But Giddy Scott, that, that, he was head yardsman. He was equal with Corsons as Alistair Mackay was with Reith and Andersons.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And is that coming into - That is, that -<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Benbecula? <br /> <br /> Eh, that will be leaving Benbecula going towards South Uist, no North Uist. It's after loading all the cattle in South Uist. Benbecula and South Uist was Saturday, Monday Tuesday. That was the three days the sales took place.'<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.