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TITLE
Shearing a sheep on the Island of Rona
EXTERNAL ID
PC_JMACKENZIE_008
PLACENAME
Island of Rona
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Portree
CREATOR
Julia Mackenzie
SOURCE
Julia Mackenzie
ASSET ID
28853
KEYWORDS
Hebrides
Hebridean
islanders
islands
crofting
crofter
crofters
croft
crofts
sheep
shearing
shears
clippers
fleece
fleeces
Shearing a sheep on the Island of Rona

This photograph was taken on the Island of Rona which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie and shows her brother shearing a sheep. Before mechanised farming, shearing was done with hand clippers and was meant to be done as close to the skin as possible. A shorn fleece should remain in one piece.

Julia Mackenzie was born on Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) in 1923 and later moved to the larger island of Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she describes the life of a Hebridean crofter in the 1920s and 1930s.

'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care

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Shearing a sheep on the Island of Rona

INVERNESS: Portree

Hebrides; Hebridean; islanders; islands; crofting; crofter; crofters; croft; crofts; sheep; shearing; shears; clippers; fleece; fleeces

Julia Mackenzie

This photograph was taken on the Island of Rona which lies off the north end of Raasay in the Inner Hebrides. It was provided by Julia Mackenzie and shows her brother shearing a sheep. Before mechanised farming, shearing was done with hand clippers and was meant to be done as close to the skin as possible. A shorn fleece should remain in one piece. <br /> <br /> Julia Mackenzie was born on Eilean Tighe (Island of the House) in 1923 and later moved to the larger island of Rona. In the late 1990s she revisited Eilean Tighe which is now deserted. This visit prompted her to write a book about her childhood memories of island life. In 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' she describes the life of a Hebridean crofter in the 1920s and 1930s.<br /> <br /> 'Whirligig beetles and tackety boots' is available for purchase from Blythswood Bookshops. All proceeds go towards the work of Blythswood Care