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TITLE
The daily bus to Wick
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_17
PLACENAME
Canisbay
DISTRICT
Northern Caithness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Canisbay
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
2774
KEYWORDS
crofting
crofters
crofter
croft
crofts
buses
travel
audio

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In this audio extract a Canisbay crofter considers the lack of public transport services in rural Caithness in the first half of the 20th century.

'There were wan bus, Ah think, aye wan bus wis here; at wis all at went. It went in the morning, it went in at morning ten o'clock, till Wick, an it came back then at, Ah think, it wis five o'clock at night to start wi, at wan bus, Ah think it wis. It took everything, it took anything at all, anything from butter to screw nails. Anything ye like to put, ye took it in. And maybe they'd go in aboot wance every two months, somebody'd do their shopping in Wick, but no much at all'

Caithness crofts were very similar to those in the other crofting counties of Scotland: Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. The crofter kept a few animals - usually one or more cows, some sheep, poultry and a pig. The horse was important as a beast of burden until it was largely replaced by small tractors from the end of the 1940s onwards. The usual crops were oats (always called corn in Caithness), potatoes, turnips and hay, with varying amounts of vegetables. Up until the 1950s crofters with access to larger amounts of land showed a considerable degree of self-sufficiency, but it was quite usual for members of the family to have jobs off the croft. Many crofters had a skilled trade that enabled them to find work away from home. The crofthouse's water supply was usually a nearby well, spring or burn; the most ready supply of fuel for cooking and heating was peat, which had to be cut and processed on the moor in summer.

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The daily bus to Wick

CAITHNESS: Canisbay

1980s

crofting; crofters; crofter; croft; crofts; buses; travel; audio

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Transport

In this audio extract a Canisbay crofter considers the lack of public transport services in rural Caithness in the first half of the 20th century.<br /> <br /> 'There were wan bus, Ah think, aye wan bus wis here; at wis all at went. It went in the morning, it went in at morning ten o'clock, till Wick, an it came back then at, Ah think, it wis five o'clock at night to start wi, at wan bus, Ah think it wis. It took everything, it took anything at all, anything from butter to screw nails. Anything ye like to put, ye took it in. And maybe they'd go in aboot wance every two months, somebody'd do their shopping in Wick, but no much at all'<br /> <br /> Caithness crofts were very similar to those in the other crofting counties of Scotland: Argyll, Inverness, Ross and Cromarty, Sutherland, Orkney and Shetland. The crofter kept a few animals - usually one or more cows, some sheep, poultry and a pig. The horse was important as a beast of burden until it was largely replaced by small tractors from the end of the 1940s onwards. The usual crops were oats (always called corn in Caithness), potatoes, turnips and hay, with varying amounts of vegetables. Up until the 1950s crofters with access to larger amounts of land showed a considerable degree of self-sufficiency, but it was quite usual for members of the family to have jobs off the croft. Many crofters had a skilled trade that enabled them to find work away from home. The crofthouse's water supply was usually a nearby well, spring or burn; the most ready supply of fuel for cooking and heating was peat, which had to be cut and processed on the moor in summer.