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TITLE
Driving a flock of sheep, Drynoch, Isle of Skye
EXTERNAL ID
SLD_182_068
PLACENAME
Drynoch
DISTRICT
Skye
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Bracadale
DATE OF IMAGE
1980
PERIOD
1980s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
39513
KEYWORDS
fanks
sheep shearing
crofting
sheep fank
sheep flock
farms
crofts
Driving a flock of sheep, Drynoch, Isle of Skye

A crofter, Mr James MacAskill of Drynoch Farm, his son Alasdair and a friend Alastair Hunter, drive their sheep along the road through Glendrynoch towards their farm on the shores of Loch Harport on the west coast of the Isle of Skye. It is midsummer and the sheep are probably being taken for shearing at the fank.

A 'fank' is an enclosure used to control sheep which are normally out on pasture and hill land throughout the year. The flock is gathered together for shearing (clipping), dipping or marking. The fanks are constructed of stone or concrete blocks, with gates to different enclosures to hold the livestock and move them about. Many now incorporate a covered area supplied with electricity.


Olivia James
The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.
'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan.


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Driving a flock of sheep, Drynoch, Isle of Skye

INVERNESS: Bracadale

1980s

fanks; sheep shearing; crofting; sheep fank; sheep flock; farms; crofts

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

Olivia James Collection

A crofter, Mr James MacAskill of Drynoch Farm, his son Alasdair and a friend Alastair Hunter, drive their sheep along the road through Glendrynoch towards their farm on the shores of Loch Harport on the west coast of the Isle of Skye. It is midsummer and the sheep are probably being taken for shearing at the fank. <br /> <br /> A 'fank' is an enclosure used to control sheep which are normally out on pasture and hill land throughout the year. The flock is gathered together for shearing (clipping), dipping or marking. The fanks are constructed of stone or concrete blocks, with gates to different enclosures to hold the livestock and move them about. Many now incorporate a covered area supplied with electricity.<br /> <br /> <br /> <b>Olivia James</b><br /> The images in this collection are a selection from a set of high quality Agfachrome slides taken by Olivia James. Mrs James, a semi-professional photographer, took the photographs on visits to Skye between 1968 and 1989, using a Pentax S1A camera and CT 18 film. They record a variety of locations, people and activities which have now changed or indeed disappeared, and provide one person's view of the island through the camera lens. Born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire on 26th April 1932, Olive Grace James (née Purcell) moved to England in 1944, trained as a teacher and married Richard James in 1956. Her husband's forbears were from Skye and they began visiting on a regular basis in 1968. In addition to the slides, Mrs James has written an evocative account of her memories of places, events and people on Skye which she named 'Skye Magic', a copy of which is held at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.<br /> 'Skye Magic' has been incorporated into her privately printed autobiography 'Neivie, Neivie, Nick, Nack' which she has kindly donated to various institutions including the Clan Donald Library on Skye, the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and the Weaver's Cottage, Kilbarchan. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com ">Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>