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TITLE
Sheep shearing at Glendale, South Uist, looking towards Loch Boisdale
EXTERNAL ID
QZP99_97193_04_02
PLACENAME
Glendale
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duirinish
CREATOR
Margaret Fay Shaw (Mrs J L Campbell)
SOURCE
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library
ASSET ID
38910
KEYWORDS
sheep
crofting
shearing
livestock
Sheep shearing at Glendale, South Uist, looking towards Loch Boisdale

Shearing was hard physical work so it was often done by a team of people. Sheep were placed on a wooden bench or a mound of turf and sheared with hand shears. They were then marked with their owner's mark for identification.

Glendale is on Skye, four miles west of Dunvegan Castle. In the 1880s, locals tried to oppose their factor's unfair restrictions but a gunboat was sent in and several of the protesters were arrested, including John MacPherson, 'the Glendale Martyr'. This unrest was one of the events which led to the Crofter's Holding Act of 1886. In 1904 the land was bought from the landlord by the Board of Agriculture and sold to the crofters, who became the first crofter landowners in the country


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Sheep shearing at Glendale, South Uist, looking towards Loch Boisdale

INVERNESS: Duirinish

sheep; crofting; shearing; livestock

Edinburgh and Scottish Collection, Edinburgh Central Library

I F Grant Photographic Archive

Shearing was hard physical work so it was often done by a team of people. Sheep were placed on a wooden bench or a mound of turf and sheared with hand shears. They were then marked with their owner's mark for identification.<br /> <br /> Glendale is on Skye, four miles west of Dunvegan Castle. In the 1880s, locals tried to oppose their factor's unfair restrictions but a gunboat was sent in and several of the protesters were arrested, including John MacPherson, 'the Glendale Martyr'. This unrest was one of the events which led to the Crofter's Holding Act of 1886. In 1904 the land was bought from the landlord by the Board of Agriculture and sold to the crofters, who became the first crofter landowners in the country <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>