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TITLE
Inside a weaver's cottage in Islay
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_351A_2_P263
PLACENAME
Islay
DISTRICT
Islay
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Killarrow and Kilmeny
DATE OF IMAGE
1776
PERIOD
1760s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
31137
KEYWORDS
cottages
weavers
dwellings
shelters
Inside a weaver's cottage in Islay

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows the inside of a weaver's cottage in Islay, during the 1760s. This cottage was typical of shelters found on the island. Extremely poor dwellings, they were built of loose stones and had no chimneys or doors. There were openings at each end of the shelter to allow smoke to escape when building a fire. Above the fire was usually found a suspended hook to hang a cooking pot. The nutrition of the dwellers was meagre, resulting in poor health for the islanders

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Inside a weaver's cottage in Islay

ARGYLL: Killarrow and Kilmeny

1760s

cottages; weavers; dwellings; shelters;

Highland Libraries

Fraser Mackintosh Collection (illustrations)

This illustration was taken from 'A Tour in Scotland' by Thomas Pennant. It shows the inside of a weaver's cottage in Islay, during the 1760s. This cottage was typical of shelters found on the island. Extremely poor dwellings, they were built of loose stones and had no chimneys or doors. There were openings at each end of the shelter to allow smoke to escape when building a fire. Above the fire was usually found a suspended hook to hang a cooking pot. The nutrition of the dwellers was meagre, resulting in poor health for the islanders