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TITLE
Thatched Cottage, Glendale, South Uist
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_97107_18_02
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
38877
KEYWORDS
housing
crofthouse
blackhouse
byre
outhouse
barn
Thatched Cottage, Glendale, South Uist

This image is from the collection of historian and folklorist Isabel F Grant and shows a thatched cottage and outbuilding in Glendale, South Uist. In her book 'Highland Folk Ways', I F Grant describes the various types of buildings traditional to the Highlands and surrounding areas and details their methods of construction.

The cottage in this image displays features characteristic of what I F Grant calls the 'Long Island' or Outer Hebrides style, and the Eastern and Central Highlands style. These styles often merged together in Highland houses. Like the 'Long Island' type, this cottage has walls with rounded corners, so that they were streamlined against the wind. Like the Eastern and Central Highlands type, the thatched roof slightly projects over the walls of the cottage. The classic Long Island type house had a double wall, with a core of sand or earth in between the two walls, the roof structure resting on the inner wall.

It can be seen that chimney flues have been added to this rounded-end cottage. This was to accommodate a more modern fireplace or a cooking stove.


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Thatched Cottage, Glendale, South Uist

INVERNESS: South Uist

housing; crofthouse; blackhouse; byre; outhouse; barn

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

This image is from the collection of historian and folklorist Isabel F Grant and shows a thatched cottage and outbuilding in Glendale, South Uist. In her book 'Highland Folk Ways', I F Grant describes the various types of buildings traditional to the Highlands and surrounding areas and details their methods of construction.<br /> <br /> The cottage in this image displays features characteristic of what I F Grant calls the 'Long Island' or Outer Hebrides style, and the Eastern and Central Highlands style. These styles often merged together in Highland houses. Like the 'Long Island' type, this cottage has walls with rounded corners, so that they were streamlined against the wind. Like the Eastern and Central Highlands type, the thatched roof slightly projects over the walls of the cottage. The classic Long Island type house had a double wall, with a core of sand or earth in between the two walls, the roof structure resting on the inner wall.<br /> <br /> It can be seen that chimney flues have been added to this rounded-end cottage. This was to accommodate a more modern fireplace or a cooking stove. <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>