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TITLE
Washing Day, Skye
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6366
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29600
KEYWORDS
dwellings
houses
homes
Skye
crofters
Washing Day, Skye

This photograph was taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and was used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history. The following description is taken from Washington Wilson's own lecture notes.

In such a dwelling when in wet weather the rain percolates through the roof and falls in ominous black drops all around, it is not to be wondered at if cleanliness does not rank as a leading virtue; yet when washing day comes round, there are some who do it thoroughly. Thus, a rude temporary fire-place is erected close by some running water, above this a huge pot is set, filled with water from the stream that runs close at hand, and very soon a couple of washers go through a good deal in a way it would be impossible to accomplish inside, even the best crofter's house in the Highlands

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Washing Day, Skye

INVERNESS

1890s

dwellings; houses; homes; Skye; crofters

Mark Butterworth - Priscus

Imaging the Past

This photograph was taken by Scottish photographer George Washington Wilson (1823-93) and was used to illustrate talks he gave on Highland history. The following description is taken from Washington Wilson's own lecture notes.<br /> <br /> In such a dwelling when in wet weather the rain percolates through the roof and falls in ominous black drops all around, it is not to be wondered at if cleanliness does not rank as a leading virtue; yet when washing day comes round, there are some who do it thoroughly. Thus, a rude temporary fire-place is erected close by some running water, above this a huge pot is set, filled with water from the stream that runs close at hand, and very soon a couple of washers go through a good deal in a way it would be impossible to accomplish inside, even the best crofter's house in the Highlands