Please Sign In | Register
Google pluspinterestShare on Stumble UponShare on RedditFacebookShare on Tumblr
TITLE
What would you put in your emigrant's kist? - Margaret Bennett
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_02_MARGARET_BENNETT_Q_06
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Margaret Bennett
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41016
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
emigrantkist

Get Adobe Flash player

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Margaret Bennett answers the question:

'If you were emigrating today and your luggage restriction was a typical emigrant's kist what would you put in it?' (A typical kist would be approx. 96cm x 51cm x 56cm.)

'I think I know the clothes I'd put in. I do. I'm a great fan of wool, and I actually to this day - I don't know, have you ever seen me wear some? - I still wear skirts that are in the pattern of the ones people wore in the nineteenth century. I was wearing one yesterday, actually. Not today. So, they are, I know they would last me years, and years, and years. So I'd have two of those. I would have my knitting needles, and I would have - I think I'd have to have a couple of nice blankets. And - this is my one, my one kist, is it?

Interviewer: Yes.

I do have some favourite books, including Martin Martin, I'd have to take. And, I mean, there's always, you can't possibly go anywhere if you're from Sc-, well, without, without, as Desert Island Discs used to say, a bible and one book, so the bible would be there as well. I'd need some writing paper cos I might not - Now, you see, here's the question. Is it going to be a, an electricity-driven economy?

Interviewer: Yes, it's today. It's today.

I'm afraid the laptop is in there, then. I'm afraid so. I'd have to have a couple of little memory sticks as well, but in view of the fact there's so many freebies going around, I'll have no difficulty collecting a few, to make sure, cos I love to write. And I would be, and I admit that I now find it harder to write with a pen and paper. That's just the way of it. I nat- I think with my, with my fingers so I'd have to have the keyboard. Ok? And, what else shall I put in there? Well,

Interviewer: Photographs, maybe, or?

Yes, I'd have to. Yes, although I've got quite a lot of them on my laptop. I have them on a memory stick so I can, I can manage to do with them out, as long as I have access to them. And I'd need to have a recording device. I can't tell you which one I'd choose, but it would need to be a recording device because I'm absolutely certain I'm going to meet really interesting people anyhow, whether on the voyage or the, and wherever I go, and whatever the culture, there will be people with interesting things to say, and I think they're worth, they're worth listening to. I think I can do without the phones, how about that?

Interviewer: Good idea.

Have I got my trunk full yet? I've got no footwear. Well, I mean, I'm not much of an Imelda as far as shoes goes, as long as I've got some nice comfortable things and the wherewithal.'


BIOGRAPHY

Dr Margaret Bennett was brought up in the Isles of Skye, Lewis and Shetland. She emigrated to Canada in 1967 as a post-graduate student in Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1975 she was Folklorist with The Museum of Civilization's Quebec-Hebridean Project, returning to Scotland in 1976. From 1984 she lectured at the University of Edinburgh, recording oral history and traditions of Scots at home and abroad.

Now part-time at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, her books include 'Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave' (1992) and two prize-winning studies on emigrant traditions, 'The Last Stronghold: Scottish Gaelic Traditions in Newfoundland' (1989) and 'Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec' (1999).

She features on several CD recordings, has sung at international festivals and has contributed to several theatre productions. In 1998 she received the Master Music Maker Award in celebration of a lifetime of musicianship and teaching, and in 2003, the Celtic Women International award for 'lifelong service to Scottish Culture'. For Homecoming Scotland 2009 she has published a book with double-CD of songs spanning three centuries, 'Dìleab Ailean-A Newfoundland Homecoming Cèilidh' (Grace Note Publications).

Image: Duncan MacNab

For guidance on the use of images and other content, please see the Terms and Conditions page.
High Life Highland is a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland No. SC407011 and is a registered Scottish charity No. SC042593
Powered by Capture

What would you put in your emigrant's kist? - Margaret Bennett

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; emigrantkist;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Margaret Bennett answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'If you were emigrating today and your luggage restriction was a typical emigrant's kist what would you put in it?' (A typical kist would be approx. 96cm x 51cm x 56cm.)<br /> <br /> 'I think I know the clothes I'd put in. I do. I'm a great fan of wool, and I actually to this day - I don't know, have you ever seen me wear some? - I still wear skirts that are in the pattern of the ones people wore in the nineteenth century. I was wearing one yesterday, actually. Not today. So, they are, I know they would last me years, and years, and years. So I'd have two of those. I would have my knitting needles, and I would have - I think I'd have to have a couple of nice blankets. And - this is my one, my one kist, is it? <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes.<br /> <br /> I do have some favourite books, including Martin Martin, I'd have to take. And, I mean, there's always, you can't possibly go anywhere if you're from Sc-, well, without, without, as Desert Island Discs used to say, a bible and one book, so the bible would be there as well. I'd need some writing paper cos I might not - Now, you see, here's the question. Is it going to be a, an electricity-driven economy?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes, it's today. It's today.<br /> <br /> I'm afraid the laptop is in there, then. I'm afraid so. I'd have to have a couple of little memory sticks as well, but in view of the fact there's so many freebies going around, I'll have no difficulty collecting a few, to make sure, cos I love to write. And I would be, and I admit that I now find it harder to write with a pen and paper. That's just the way of it. I nat- I think with my, with my fingers so I'd have to have the keyboard. Ok? And, what else shall I put in there? Well, <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Photographs, maybe, or?<br /> <br /> Yes, I'd have to. Yes, although I've got quite a lot of them on my laptop. I have them on a memory stick so I can, I can manage to do with them out, as long as I have access to them. And I'd need to have a recording device. I can't tell you which one I'd choose, but it would need to be a recording device because I'm absolutely certain I'm going to meet really interesting people anyhow, whether on the voyage or the, and wherever I go, and whatever the culture, there will be people with interesting things to say, and I think they're worth, they're worth listening to. I think I can do without the phones, how about that? <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Good idea.<br /> <br /> Have I got my trunk full yet? I've got no footwear. Well, I mean, I'm not much of an Imelda as far as shoes goes, as long as I've got some nice comfortable things and the wherewithal.'<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Dr Margaret Bennett was brought up in the Isles of Skye, Lewis and Shetland. She emigrated to Canada in 1967 as a post-graduate student in Folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 1975 she was Folklorist with The Museum of Civilization's Quebec-Hebridean Project, returning to Scotland in 1976. From 1984 she lectured at the University of Edinburgh, recording oral history and traditions of Scots at home and abroad. <br /> <br /> Now part-time at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, her books include 'Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave' (1992) and two prize-winning studies on emigrant traditions, 'The Last Stronghold: Scottish Gaelic Traditions in Newfoundland' (1989) and 'Oatmeal and the Catechism: Scottish Gaelic Settlers in Quebec' (1999). <br /> <br /> She features on several CD recordings, has sung at international festivals and has contributed to several theatre productions. In 1998 she received the Master Music Maker Award in celebration of a lifetime of musicianship and teaching, and in 2003, the Celtic Women International award for 'lifelong service to Scottish Culture'. For Homecoming Scotland 2009 she has published a book with double-CD of songs spanning three centuries, 'Dìleab Ailean-A Newfoundland Homecoming Cèilidh' (Grace Note Publications).<br /> <br /> Image: Duncan MacNab