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TITLE
Dividing Fulmars, St. Kilda
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6417
PLACENAME
St Kilda
DISTRICT
Harris
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Harris
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29647
KEYWORDS
seabirds
fulmars
islands
Dividing Fulmars, St. Kilda

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 bringing the birds together, either from the landing place or from more accessible parts, women and children join in helping, and it is considered degrading for the men to take any part in this. But two of the most respected aged men divide the birds, first they are divided into two heaps, the one including all the best birds, the second those not so good. They then proceed to divide them into as many lots as there are families on the Island - thus: a brace of birds from the best pile by one man, and a brace of birds from the second best pile by the other man, and thrown into each lot until the whole are divided, the several portions being decided by lot - so that there can be no partiality.

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Dividing Fulmars, St. Kilda

INVERNESS: Harris

1890s

seabirds; fulmars; islands

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 bringing the birds together, either from the landing place or from more accessible parts, women and children join in helping, and it is considered degrading for the men to take any part in this. But two of the most respected aged men divide the birds, first they are divided into two heaps, the one including all the best birds, the second those not so good. They then proceed to divide them into as many lots as there are families on the Island - thus: a brace of birds from the best pile by one man, and a brace of birds from the second best pile by the other man, and thrown into each lot until the whole are divided, the several portions being decided by lot - so that there can be no partiality.