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TITLE
Maidens and Matrons, St. Kilda
EXTERNAL ID
PC_PRISCUS_WCS6418
PLACENAME
St Kilda
DISTRICT
Harris
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Harris
PERIOD
1890s
CREATOR
George Washington Wilson
SOURCE
Mark Butterworth - Priscus
ASSET ID
29648
KEYWORDS
islands
women
fuel
population
death rate
mortality
midwifes
children
knitting
wool spinning
cloth
Macleod
factors
Dunvegan
rent
Maidens and Matrons, 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.

The women of St. Kilda do all the work of carrying the fuel and a man who would help his wife would at once be set down as showing a bad example. The number of women in the Island is slightly in excess of the men, and the population does not seem to increase, probably because of the great mortality among children, and as before they had a resident midwife only one in ten lived; now however the death rate is not nearly so high. Men as well as women knit, and having plenty of wool they spin their own cloth, of which they have plenty for their own use, and the Macleod's factor at Dunvegan usually has a good supply of it for sale, he having received it as part payment of rent.

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Maidens and Matrons, St. Kilda

INVERNESS: Harris

1890s

islands; women; fuel; population; death rate; mortality; midwifes; children; knitting; wool spinning; cloth; Macleod; factors; Dunvegan; 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 women of St. Kilda do all the work of carrying the fuel and a man who would help his wife would at once be set down as showing a bad example. The number of women in the Island is slightly in excess of the men, and the population does not seem to increase, probably because of the great mortality among children, and as before they had a resident midwife only one in ten lived; now however the death rate is not nearly so high. Men as well as women knit, and having plenty of wool they spin their own cloth, of which they have plenty for their own use, and the Macleod's factor at Dunvegan usually has a good supply of it for sale, he having received it as part payment of rent.