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TITLE
House and peat stack, Ross of Mull
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_94157_08_05
PLACENAME
Ross of Mull
DISTRICT
Mull
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38799
KEYWORDS
dwellings
Argyll
thatching
House and peat stack, Ross of Mull

The Ross of Mull is the peninsula which stretches from the southern foot of Benmore and Loch Sridain to Fionnphort. It is approximately 20 miles long. Several villages lie along the Ross of Mull, starting at the eastern end are Kinloch and Pennyghael. Nine miles further is Bunessan, the inspiration for the Mary MacDonald's hymn "Morning Has Broken". Other settlements include Uisken, Aldalnish, Ardfenaig, and Kintra. The final village is Fionnpfort, the departure point for the ferry to Iona.

Particular to the Island of Mull were cottages with one end a square gable and the other rounded. Sometimes a building of this design would be much longer and incorporate a living room, sleeping room and a cow byre.

Above the framework of the house was placed a layer of sods and then of thatch. In more exposed areas, and where cottages had rounded ends, the thatch was secured by rods, usually of hazel, held down loops of split and twisted hazel twig. On houses with gable ends the thatching was completed by a row of divots laid along the edge of the gable over the thatch. In the windiest areas the thatch was secured by ropes weighted with stones


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House and peat stack, Ross of Mull

ARGYLL: Kilfinchen and Kilvickeon

dwellings; Argyll; thatching

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

The Ross of Mull is the peninsula which stretches from the southern foot of Benmore and Loch Sridain to Fionnphort. It is approximately 20 miles long. Several villages lie along the Ross of Mull, starting at the eastern end are Kinloch and Pennyghael. Nine miles further is Bunessan, the inspiration for the Mary MacDonald's hymn "Morning Has Broken". Other settlements include Uisken, Aldalnish, Ardfenaig, and Kintra. The final village is Fionnpfort, the departure point for the ferry to Iona.<br /> <br /> Particular to the Island of Mull were cottages with one end a square gable and the other rounded. Sometimes a building of this design would be much longer and incorporate a living room, sleeping room and a cow byre. <br /> <br /> Above the framework of the house was placed a layer of sods and then of thatch. In more exposed areas, and where cottages had rounded ends, the thatch was secured by rods, usually of hazel, held down loops of split and twisted hazel twig. On houses with gable ends the thatching was completed by a row of divots laid along the edge of the gable over the thatch. In the windiest areas the thatch was secured by ropes weighted with stones <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 />