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TITLE
Planting potatoes in South Uist
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_94032_01_06
PLACENAME
South Uist
DISTRICT
South Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: South Uist
CREATOR
Margaret Fay Shaw (Mrs J L Campbell)
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38550
KEYWORDS
potatoes
crops
croftings
planting
Planting potatoes in South Uist

The potato became popular as a crop in the Highlands during the 18th century. It produced a better return than most other crops grown and by 1800 potatoes made up about 80% of the Highland diet. In the 1840s the failure of the potato crops due to a blight led to many people emigrating to avoid starvation.

Potatoes were often planted in lazy-beds (or feannagan). These were raised beds of seaweed manure, compost and soil about a metre in width. Lazy-beds provided a limited area of fertile soil and potatoes grew well in them.

The potato crop remained important in the Highlands and it was not unusual for children to be absent from school during the planting and picking seasons


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Planting potatoes in South Uist

INVERNESS: South Uist

potatoes; crops; croftings; planting

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

The potato became popular as a crop in the Highlands during the 18th century. It produced a better return than most other crops grown and by 1800 potatoes made up about 80% of the Highland diet. In the 1840s the failure of the potato crops due to a blight led to many people emigrating to avoid starvation.<br /> <br /> Potatoes were often planted in lazy-beds (or feannagan). These were raised beds of seaweed manure, compost and soil about a metre in width. Lazy-beds provided a limited area of fertile soil and potatoes grew well in them.<br /> <br /> The potato crop remained important in the Highlands and it was not unusual for children to be absent from school during the planting and picking seasons <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: central.edsc.library@edinburgh.gov.uk">Edinburgh Central Library</a><br />