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Black Isle Heritage Memories - Alasdair Cameron (32 of 32)
EXTERNAL ID
ARCH_ALASDAIR_CAMERON_04_03
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF RECORDING
2010
PERIOD
2010s
CREATOR
Alasdair Cameron
SOURCE
ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)
ASSET ID
41097
KEYWORDS
audios
farmers
farming
agriculture
built environment
villages
dwellings
houses
farms
Second World War
Canadian Lumber Corps
Canadian Forestry Corps

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In this audio extract, Black Isle farmer Alasdair Cameron talks about the Canadian lumber camps on the Black Isle during World War II.

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: I've always been interested in hearing tales about the Canadian presence in wartime and Canadian lumber camps, and that I've been asking some questions about these and I've got more answers from the Canadian side than I was able to find here to begin with. But in the Black Isle I've established that, again, Muir of Ord was very important and was deemed to be a frontier town as far as timber operations was concerned, because it was deemed to be pretty wild on a Saturday night when the lumberjacks came from Strathconon, Fairburn and Urray, and some would've come from the Black Isle area as well. And, there was, it was, really a Wild West town by some of the comments I've heard about it. As well as the people coming in, a lot of the timber came in to be loaded onto the railway at Muir of Ord. In the Black Isle itself there was a significant Canadian Camp known as Bog of Shannon, Rosehaugh, or simply Black Isle Camp, and that it had workshops, and quite a good supply of all the different materials for repair and maintenance of sawmilling and harvesting equipment. There was also two Newfoundland timber camps that I haven't established the exact location of them yet, but they were referred to as Rosemarkie One and Rosemarkie Two. Now, one of these was presumably in the Learnie area and I've got a few contacts that might be able to tell me a little bit more about these, but it's easier to find information on the Canadian activities than the Newfoundland because the Newfoundland teams were basically civilians whereas the Canadian were a military organisation which meant everything was recorded in triplicate. One of the tales from a descendant was that her father had fallen off a roof of a sawmill building, broke his ankle but, although he was relatively near the hospital in Inverness he had to return to base camp at Kiltarlity to get permission from the superintendent to be ill and go to hospital so, don't think he appreciated that journey

CM: So, this is the Black Isle Camp ...

AC: The Black Isle Camp ...

CM: ... at Rosehaugh?

AC: ... that went under various names, was actually situated on Burn Farm at Killen, so called because it's on the burn ...

CM: OK.

AC: ... and that is actually one of the locations I missed out when I was talking about water turbines. There was a water turbine on the neighbouring farm there. That location was one of the planned villages of Mr Fletcher of Rosehaugh, and that there's a row of houses there - very distinctive style of architecture - but that's as far as it got, when he passed away himself.

CM: What's distinctive about the, the architecture?

AC: Oh ...

CM: Oh ...

AC: ... it's different.

CM: Uh-huh.

AC: It's different.

CM: You just know that it's, it's ...

AC: Different.

CM: ... specific to there, rather than, yeh. OK.

AC: I think it's all been sold off now but ...

CM: Uh-huh.

AC: ... it's worth having a look at, actually. But the actual, the military camp, there's, there's maybe a little bit of concrete left, nothing else ...

CM: Mmmm.

AC: ... but it would be just a big tin hut. But I do have, I do have ledgers. My late brother-in-law's family in Dingwall, I rescued ledgers when the office was being abandoned, and that his father did a lot of work for military camps from Golspie down to Carrbridge, timber corps, so there's names of Major this ordered such-and-such, and what they did, and what they made, so that they were recording all that. And when Melynda [Jarrat] was looking over stuff, on one of the pages, got very excited because one of the names ordering stuff, [she] said, 'Oh, I know this chap's grandson; he works in the Museum of Civilisation in Ottawa' so we had to send that to him.

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

ROSS

2010s

audios; farmers; farming; agriculture; built environment; villages; dwellings; houses; farms; Second World War; Canadian Lumber Corps; Canadian Forestry Corps;

ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)

ARCH: Black Isle Heritage Memories

In this audio extract, Black Isle farmer Alasdair Cameron talks about the Canadian lumber camps on the Black Isle during World War II.<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: I've always been interested in hearing tales about the Canadian presence in wartime and Canadian lumber camps, and that I've been asking some questions about these and I've got more answers from the Canadian side than I was able to find here to begin with. But in the Black Isle I've established that, again, Muir of Ord was very important and was deemed to be a frontier town as far as timber operations was concerned, because it was deemed to be pretty wild on a Saturday night when the lumberjacks came from Strathconon, Fairburn and Urray, and some would've come from the Black Isle area as well. And, there was, it was, really a Wild West town by some of the comments I've heard about it. As well as the people coming in, a lot of the timber came in to be loaded onto the railway at Muir of Ord. In the Black Isle itself there was a significant Canadian Camp known as Bog of Shannon, Rosehaugh, or simply Black Isle Camp, and that it had workshops, and quite a good supply of all the different materials for repair and maintenance of sawmilling and harvesting equipment. There was also two Newfoundland timber camps that I haven't established the exact location of them yet, but they were referred to as Rosemarkie One and Rosemarkie Two. Now, one of these was presumably in the Learnie area and I've got a few contacts that might be able to tell me a little bit more about these, but it's easier to find information on the Canadian activities than the Newfoundland because the Newfoundland teams were basically civilians whereas the Canadian were a military organisation which meant everything was recorded in triplicate. One of the tales from a descendant was that her father had fallen off a roof of a sawmill building, broke his ankle but, although he was relatively near the hospital in Inverness he had to return to base camp at Kiltarlity to get permission from the superintendent to be ill and go to hospital so, don't think he appreciated that journey<br /> <br /> CM: So, this is the Black Isle Camp ...<br /> <br /> AC: The Black Isle Camp ...<br /> <br /> CM: ... at Rosehaugh?<br /> <br /> AC: ... that went under various names, was actually situated on Burn Farm at Killen, so called because it's on the burn ...<br /> <br /> CM: OK.<br /> <br /> AC: ... and that is actually one of the locations I missed out when I was talking about water turbines. There was a water turbine on the neighbouring farm there. That location was one of the planned villages of Mr Fletcher of Rosehaugh, and that there's a row of houses there - very distinctive style of architecture - but that's as far as it got, when he passed away himself.<br /> <br /> CM: What's distinctive about the, the architecture?<br /> <br /> AC: Oh ...<br /> <br /> CM: Oh ...<br /> <br /> AC: ... it's different.<br /> <br /> CM: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> AC: It's different.<br /> <br /> CM: You just know that it's, it's ...<br /> <br /> AC: Different.<br /> <br /> CM: ... specific to there, rather than, yeh. OK.<br /> <br /> AC: I think it's all been sold off now but ...<br /> <br /> CM: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> AC: ... it's worth having a look at, actually. But the actual, the military camp, there's, there's maybe a little bit of concrete left, nothing else ...<br /> <br /> CM: Mmmm.<br /> <br /> AC: ... but it would be just a big tin hut. But I do have, I do have ledgers. My late brother-in-law's family in Dingwall, I rescued ledgers when the office was being abandoned, and that his father did a lot of work for military camps from Golspie down to Carrbridge, timber corps, so there's names of Major this ordered such-and-such, and what they did, and what they made, so that they were recording all that. And when Melynda [Jarrat] was looking over stuff, on one of the pages, got very excited because one of the names ordering stuff, [she] said, 'Oh, I know this chap's grandson; he works in the Museum of Civilisation in Ottawa' so we had to send that to him.