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Black Isle Heritage Memories - Alasdair Cameron (4 of 32)
EXTERNAL ID
ARCH_ALASDAIR_CAMERON_01_04
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF RECORDING
2010
PERIOD
2010s
CREATOR
Alasdair Cameron
SOURCE
ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)
ASSET ID
41069
KEYWORDS
audios
farmers
farming
villages
dwellings
houses
farms
agriculture
built environment
settlements

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In this audio extract, Black Isle farmer Alasdair Cameron talks about various areas in the Rosehaugh Estate including Auchterflow and Pookandraw.

The audio recording was carried out as part of the Black Isle Heritage Memories Project, undertaken in 2009/2010 by ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands). To find out more about the project, follow the link towards the foot of the page.

Transcription: (Interviewer: Cait McCullagh)

AC: Some things are seen as more important than others, that it's flagged out in some places that there is a telephone installed. I think there's only two telephones in the whole catalogue. I'm looking at the one of the Bog of Auchterflow and that it's got a typical farmhouse for the estate, quite a distinctive pattern, which features in quite a few of them, but the main buildings there have not altered terribly much but there is some additions to it.

CM: Can you tell us more about the distinctive pattern, Alasdair?

AC: Basically it's what planners call today a one-and-a-half storey but they have a distinctive front where there's a, basically it forms a porch that goes up to roof level. I suppose it's like a, like a dormer. Some have a window in it; some have a little circular window. Sometimes the internal layout has a stair in that feature and in some it's been converted to an upstairs bathroom.

The sort of things that crop up is, you see patterns in the field that give you an idea of how the grain was sown and harvested, and that you get different patterns in the stubble according to whether it was cut with a binder, whether it was sown by being broadcast, in which case the stubble is random, or sown with a drill, in which case you can see lines in the stubble.

CM: And when you talk about broadcasting are you talking about the manual broadcasts?

AC: It could be but there's, there is a machine which still crops up today which is officially called a 'broadcaster', but in farming circles it's always referred to as a 'broadcast'. It is basically a machine with long, long boxes and lots of holes, and an agitator inside that drizzles the seed; there's no attempt to cover the seed, it's just scattered there and it would be covered by a harrow. In some areas it's still referred to as a 'grass-seed barrow', although it was used for much more seeds than grass seed. The reason why it's called a grass-seed barrow is that, the original ones were quite small and were basically driven along the field by a strong chap. It had a wheel like a wheelbarrow and it, it had a small box for scattering the seed so, even when it's something that is probably about - I think they would've been twenty feet wide - in some parts of the country it's still referred to as a grass-seed barrow.

There's some wonderful names which we're not totally sure the derivation. One that I'm looking at is Pookandraw, lots of arguments as to where that one came from.

CM: And where, where on the estate is Pookandraw?

AC: Pookandraw is to the north of the community known as Killen.

CM: And do you know about some of the, the justification for the name? Do you know about the theory behind it?

AC: I don't the theories of that one. The other one I'm looking at just now is the farm of Killen which is still very much there today. One of the features that has definitely not changed is the concrete tower silo with a castellated top on it. If you wanted to move one it's extremely difficult. I know that there was an attempt made to remove one in the Muir of Ord area at one stage but they tried various methods and gave up and it's still standing today.

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Black Isle Heritage Memories - Alasdair Cameron (4 of 32)

ROSS

2010s

audios; farmers; farming; villages; dwellings; houses; farms; agriculture; built environment; settlements;

ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)

ARCH: Black Isle Heritage Memories

In this audio extract, Black Isle farmer Alasdair Cameron talks about various areas in the Rosehaugh Estate including Auchterflow and Pookandraw.<br /> <br /> The audio recording was carried out as part of the Black Isle Heritage Memories Project, undertaken in 2009/2010 by ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands). To find out more about the project, follow the link towards the foot of the page.<br /> <br /> Transcription: (Interviewer: Cait McCullagh)<br /> <br /> AC: Some things are seen as more important than others, that it's flagged out in some places that there is a telephone installed. I think there's only two telephones in the whole catalogue. I'm looking at the one of the Bog of Auchterflow and that it's got a typical farmhouse for the estate, quite a distinctive pattern, which features in quite a few of them, but the main buildings there have not altered terribly much but there is some additions to it.<br /> <br /> CM: Can you tell us more about the distinctive pattern, Alasdair? <br /> <br /> AC: Basically it's what planners call today a one-and-a-half storey but they have a distinctive front where there's a, basically it forms a porch that goes up to roof level. I suppose it's like a, like a dormer. Some have a window in it; some have a little circular window. Sometimes the internal layout has a stair in that feature and in some it's been converted to an upstairs bathroom. <br /> <br /> The sort of things that crop up is, you see patterns in the field that give you an idea of how the grain was sown and harvested, and that you get different patterns in the stubble according to whether it was cut with a binder, whether it was sown by being broadcast, in which case the stubble is random, or sown with a drill, in which case you can see lines in the stubble.<br /> <br /> CM: And when you talk about broadcasting are you talking about the manual broadcasts?<br /> <br /> AC: It could be but there's, there is a machine which still crops up today which is officially called a 'broadcaster', but in farming circles it's always referred to as a 'broadcast'. It is basically a machine with long, long boxes and lots of holes, and an agitator inside that drizzles the seed; there's no attempt to cover the seed, it's just scattered there and it would be covered by a harrow. In some areas it's still referred to as a 'grass-seed barrow', although it was used for much more seeds than grass seed. The reason why it's called a grass-seed barrow is that, the original ones were quite small and were basically driven along the field by a strong chap. It had a wheel like a wheelbarrow and it, it had a small box for scattering the seed so, even when it's something that is probably about - I think they would've been twenty feet wide - in some parts of the country it's still referred to as a grass-seed barrow.<br /> <br /> There's some wonderful names which we're not totally sure the derivation. One that I'm looking at is Pookandraw, lots of arguments as to where that one came from.<br /> <br /> CM: And where, where on the estate is Pookandraw?<br /> <br /> AC: Pookandraw is to the north of the community known as Killen.<br /> <br /> CM: And do you know about some of the, the justification for the name? Do you know about the theory behind it?<br /> <br /> AC: I don't the theories of that one. The other one I'm looking at just now is the farm of Killen which is still very much there today. One of the features that has definitely not changed is the concrete tower silo with a castellated top on it. If you wanted to move one it's extremely difficult. I know that there was an attempt made to remove one in the Muir of Ord area at one stage but they tried various methods and gave up and it's still standing today.