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TITLE
Black Isle Heritage Memories - Hermione Protheroe (5 of 11)
EXTERNAL ID
ARCH_HERMI_PROTHEROE_02_03
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF RECORDING
2010
PERIOD
2010s
CREATOR
Hermi Protheroe
SOURCE
ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)
ASSET ID
41102
KEYWORDS
audios
built environment
villages
dwellings
houses
trains
railways
schools

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In this audio extract Avoch resident, Hermione Protheroe, talks about some of the areas in and around Avoch including Inverleod, the Toll, and Braehead.

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)

HP: On a Saturday, actually, people came off the, had been to Inverness, and coming off the train so you would see loads of people walking down on a Saturday night but I can't remember ever being, well we wouldn't have had the money, I don't suppose, to go to Inverness; our trips were to Fortrose.

CM: And that walk you were describing is along the old route of the mill lade, then, along the water you were saying ...

HP: Yes, yes, yes.

CM: ... and the steps up to the railway...

HP: ... railway, uh-huh.

CM: ... from there.

HP: ... which would've been along, sort of, where MacKenzie Place is now.

CM: And, em, do you remember the cottages near to the mill that were there - stone mill cottages? They'd gone by that time?

HP: No, no I don't remember cottages.

CM: So, in the '30s just the mill working and you remember the wheel turning.

HP: It's funny, I always thought there were pigs there, but I don't know, because, other people were speaking about the piggery down there, but I always felt we used to climb up and look at pigs there but, eh, I just don't know if you could combine pigs with mills.

CM: Well, I don't know. I suppose pigs like the corn just as much.

HP: But I remember his name - Mr Henderson and his wife, of course, Mrs Henderson and they'd two of a family, Alice and Maybe, and Alice is still alive, she stays in Munlochy so she could probably tell you something about the mill. Uh-huh.

CM: And going down from the mill and into, back down towards the village ...

HP: Uh-huh.

CM: ... you were talking earlier about Muiralehouse having a dairy, being a dairy farm, and we have a picture here of the Avoch Dairy cart and this picture's ...

HP: Was that not from Inverleod then? From the Toll? Yes, that would have been previous.

CM: Did you ever go to there?

HP: No, I've never been to the Toll but I often heard my mother and brothers and sisters were sent to the Toll, for the milk.

CM: And the Toll was on the edge of the village going out towards Tore, that direction?

HP: I think it was behind Inverleod, down there.

CM: And Inverleod, that was opposite the, what was called the Bank House, is that right?

HP: No, it's further down.

CM: Further down.

HP: Inverleod is still there, where Catriona was born, and where Joan stayed after she got married.

CM: When did Inverleod stop being a farm? Do you know?

HP: Oh the Toll, no, Catriona would tell you that.

CM: And do you remember er, we were looking at a picture there of the school, by the church; we were talking about the different schools that were there.

HP: Uh-huh, that was the Public School. And of course today they were speaking about that place along on the Braehead as being the schoolmaster's house.

CM: Mmm-hmm. Do you remember that? Was that ...?

HP: No, no. It was a Sutherland family that were there but it was always referred to as the School House actually, the Old School House.

CM: And in front of that school, in one of the pictures we've looked at, is, is a laundry. A wee - do you remember the laundry building, people were talking about?

HP: Oh yes, that one there, that's along where the top, that was more or less across from Inverleod, over. Yes. Funnily enough I can't remember ever being in there but we knew that people went there to get their laundry done.

CM: And what, what sort of a building was it, do you remember how it looked?

HP: Course, well it looks very much like that picture as far as I remember but I can't ...

CM: Can you describe for me what it was.

HP: I suppose it wasn't a, I can't remember it being a stone building.

CM: Was it corrugated?

HP: I believe it was corrugated iron and I can't remember even, I must've seen inside and seen where they did the washing, and what they did the washing in.

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Black Isle Heritage Memories - Hermione Protheroe (5 of 11)

ROSS

2010s

audios; built environment; villages; dwellings; houses; trains; railways; schools;

ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)

ARCH: Black Isle Heritage Memories

In this audio extract Avoch resident, Hermione Protheroe, talks about some of the areas in and around Avoch including Inverleod, the Toll, and Braehead.<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 /> HP: On a Saturday, actually, people came off the, had been to Inverness, and coming off the train so you would see loads of people walking down on a Saturday night but I can't remember ever being, well we wouldn't have had the money, I don't suppose, to go to Inverness; our trips were to Fortrose.<br /> <br /> CM: And that walk you were describing is along the old route of the mill lade, then, along the water you were saying ...<br /> <br /> HP: Yes, yes, yes.<br /> <br /> CM: ... and the steps up to the railway...<br /> <br /> HP: ... railway, uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: ... from there.<br /> <br /> HP: ... which would've been along, sort of, where MacKenzie Place is now.<br /> <br /> CM: And, em, do you remember the cottages near to the mill that were there - stone mill cottages? They'd gone by that time?<br /> <br /> HP: No, no I don't remember cottages.<br /> <br /> CM: So, in the '30s just the mill working and you remember the wheel turning.<br /> <br /> HP: It's funny, I always thought there were pigs there, but I don't know, because, other people were speaking about the piggery down there, but I always felt we used to climb up and look at pigs there but, eh, I just don't know if you could combine pigs with mills.<br /> <br /> CM: Well, I don't know. I suppose pigs like the corn just as much.<br /> <br /> HP: But I remember his name - Mr Henderson and his wife, of course, Mrs Henderson and they'd two of a family, Alice and Maybe, and Alice is still alive, she stays in Munlochy so she could probably tell you something about the mill. Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: And going down from the mill and into, back down towards the village ...<br /> <br /> HP: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: ... you were talking earlier about Muiralehouse having a dairy, being a dairy farm, and we have a picture here of the Avoch Dairy cart and this picture's ...<br /> <br /> HP: Was that not from Inverleod then? From the Toll? Yes, that would have been previous.<br /> <br /> CM: Did you ever go to there?<br /> <br /> HP: No, I've never been to the Toll but I often heard my mother and brothers and sisters were sent to the Toll, for the milk.<br /> <br /> CM: And the Toll was on the edge of the village going out towards Tore, that direction?<br /> <br /> HP: I think it was behind Inverleod, down there.<br /> <br /> CM: And Inverleod, that was opposite the, what was called the Bank House, is that right?<br /> <br /> HP: No, it's further down.<br /> <br /> CM: Further down.<br /> <br /> HP: Inverleod is still there, where Catriona was born, and where Joan stayed after she got married.<br /> <br /> CM: When did Inverleod stop being a farm? Do you know?<br /> <br /> HP: Oh the Toll, no, Catriona would tell you that.<br /> <br /> CM: And do you remember er, we were looking at a picture there of the school, by the church; we were talking about the different schools that were there.<br /> <br /> HP: Uh-huh, that was the Public School. And of course today they were speaking about that place along on the Braehead as being the schoolmaster's house.<br /> <br /> CM: Mmm-hmm. Do you remember that? Was that ...?<br /> <br /> HP: No, no. It was a Sutherland family that were there but it was always referred to as the School House actually, the Old School House.<br /> <br /> CM: And in front of that school, in one of the pictures we've looked at, is, is a laundry. A wee - do you remember the laundry building, people were talking about?<br /> <br /> HP: Oh yes, that one there, that's along where the top, that was more or less across from Inverleod, over. Yes. Funnily enough I can't remember ever being in there but we knew that people went there to get their laundry done.<br /> <br /> CM: And what, what sort of a building was it, do you remember how it looked?<br /> <br /> HP: Course, well it looks very much like that picture as far as I remember but I can't ...<br /> <br /> CM: Can you describe for me what it was.<br /> <br /> HP: I suppose it wasn't a, I can't remember it being a stone building.<br /> <br /> CM: Was it corrugated?<br /> <br /> HP: I believe it was corrugated iron and I can't remember even, I must've seen inside and seen where they did the washing, and what they did the washing in.