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TITLE
A crofter's house at Mallaig
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CARD_0245
PLACENAME
Mallaig
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Glenelg
PERIOD
1890s
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
32145
KEYWORDS
crofts
crofters
crofthouse
crofthouses
barns
crofting
thatched roof
thatch
A crofter's house at Mallaig

This postcard shows a crofter's house at Mallaig. A croft house is a low house in which Highland tenant farmers lived. Croft houses consisted of two sections, one room for the crofter and his family and a barn for the cattle.

A fire was usually set in the middle of the room, to maximise the level of warmth in the house. Thatched roofs, small doors and small chimneys all helped to retain heat in the croft house, but also resulted in a smoky environment

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A crofter's house at Mallaig

INVERNESS: Glenelg

1890s

crofts; crofters; crofthouse; crofthouses; barns; crofting; thatched roof; thatch

Highland Libraries

Highland Libraries' Postcard Collection

This postcard shows a crofter's house at Mallaig. A croft house is a low house in which Highland tenant farmers lived. Croft houses consisted of two sections, one room for the crofter and his family and a barn for the cattle.<br /> <br /> A fire was usually set in the middle of the room, to maximise the level of warmth in the house. Thatched roofs, small doors and small chimneys all helped to retain heat in the croft house, but also resulted in a smoky environment