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TITLE
Memories of a Highland Drover (11)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_HIGHLANDLIVESTOCK_AUDIO_11
PLACENAME
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Dingwall
DATE OF RECORDING
2006
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Ian Munro
SOURCE
Highland Livestock Heritage Society
ASSET ID
2673
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 talks about the amalgamation of two livestock marts - Corsons and Reith and Anderson.

The image shows the staff of Reith and Anderson at Dingwall.
In the rostrum is Donald McCallum, auctioneer. Below, left to right are Alistair Mackay (yardsman), Daniel Corbett (livestock dealer), Peter Finlayson (livestock dealer), Alick Fraser (auctioneer), Pat Gunn (auctioneer), unknown, unknown, unknown, Jack Ross (head yardsman).

'Now, did anybody tell you why the two marts were joined together at this sales?

Interviewer: Corsons and ?

Reith and Andersons.

Interviewer: No, no.

Well, I think prior to them joining up together for the sales, they used to go round eh, independently, and what happened there, for years, crofters would buy at one sale, not pay them, and sell them when the other group of people came round and lifted the cash. So to get rid of that problem the two auction marts went together, and one auction mart financed the sales one year, and the other mart eh, financed the sales the next, eh, the following year. So that was to get over that problem.

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 (11)

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 talks about the amalgamation of two livestock marts - Corsons and Reith and Anderson. <br /> <br /> The image shows the staff of Reith and Anderson at Dingwall. <br /> In the rostrum is Donald McCallum, auctioneer. Below, left to right are Alistair Mackay (yardsman), Daniel Corbett (livestock dealer), Peter Finlayson (livestock dealer), Alick Fraser (auctioneer), Pat Gunn (auctioneer), unknown, unknown, unknown, Jack Ross (head yardsman).<br /> <br /> 'Now, did anybody tell you why the two marts were joined together at this sales?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Corsons and ?<br /> <br /> Reith and Andersons.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: No, no.<br /> <br /> Well, I think prior to them joining up together for the sales, they used to go round eh, independently, and what happened there, for years, crofters would buy at one sale, not pay them, and sell them when the other group of people came round and lifted the cash. So to get rid of that problem the two auction marts went together, and one auction mart financed the sales one year, and the other mart eh, financed the sales the next, eh, the following year. So that was to get over that problem.<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.