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TITLE
North Uist Croft
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6394
PLACENAME
North Uist
DISTRICT
North Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: North Uist
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29628
KEYWORDS
North Uist
crofts
crofters
islands
kelp
industry
factors
houses
dwellings
rent
North Uist Croft

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.

The crofts throughout these Islands are very poor in soil, and quite insufficient for the maintenance of the people. The kelp industry, in which both old and young engage, helps considerably, but the people don't reap the remuneration from this they might, because they are obliged to leave the shipping of it to the "factor," who, while kelp is selling at £3 10s. per ton, credits the people only with £2 per ton. This balance being considered necessary to recoup his trouble and risk, which on a sloop load amounts to a handsome sum.

The crofters' houses in North Uist are scattered along the shores of the numerous lochs that intersect the Island, and, while these primitive dwellings look very romantic on a fine summer day, it is quite a different thing to have to spend twelve months a year in one of them, make a living, and pay rent besides.

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North Uist Croft

INVERNESS: North Uist

1890s

North Uist; crofts; crofters; islands; kelp; industry; factors; houses; dwellings; rent

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 /> The crofts throughout these Islands are very poor in soil, and quite insufficient for the maintenance of the people. The kelp industry, in which both old and young engage, helps considerably, but the people don't reap the remuneration from this they might, because they are obliged to leave the shipping of it to the "factor," who, while kelp is selling at £3 10s. per ton, credits the people only with £2 per ton. This balance being considered necessary to recoup his trouble and risk, which on a sloop load amounts to a handsome sum.<br /> <br /> The crofters' houses in North Uist are scattered along the shores of the numerous lochs that intersect the Island, and, while these primitive dwellings look very romantic on a fine summer day, it is quite a different thing to have to spend twelve months a year in one of them, make a living, and pay rent besides.