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TITLE
Black Isle Heritage Memories - Mhairi Beaton (7 of 7)
EXTERNAL ID
ARCH_MHAIRI_BEATON_01_07
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS
DATE OF RECORDING
2010
PERIOD
2010s
CREATOR
Mhairi Beaton
SOURCE
ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)
ASSET ID
41114
KEYWORDS
audios
built environment
villages
dwellings
houses

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In this audio extract North Kessock resident, Mhairi Beaton, talks about schools and churches in the local area.

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)

CM: And what about school, Mhairi?

MB: Well, the school was up onto, on the road towards Kilmuir, until a few years ago they built this new school, just at the top of the road there, where you turned up.

CM: Mmm. Just at the Ferry, Ferrybrae Road?

MB: Yes, uh-huh. It's Ferrybrae Road, the school was up there.

CM: And what was that road called, to Kilmuir, what did you ...?

MB: It was just the Kilmuir Road.

CM: Kilmuir Road.

MB: Uh-huh.

CM: And the school building, is that gone?

MB: Well it was Drumsmittal Sch- No, there's a man there he does, what is, Ross Recordings. Do you know of Ross Recordings?

CM: Of course that now, the A9, divides the village ...

MB: Yes.

CM: ... from that building?

MB: Yes, uh-huh.

CM: And, it's, can you tell me the name of the school again?

MB: Drumsmittal, and the new school is - Oh no, it's not called Drumsmittal, it's called - It's a shame. I don't know why I don't know why they didn't call it, still call it, Drumsmittal School, because the road going in behind it is Drumsmittal Road.

CM: And that road would've gone in before the A9, all the way?

MB: No, no it wasn't there at all then.

CM: No?

MB: This is a new bit of the - It's this side of the, it's on this side of the A9, Drumsmittal road is. But I think it's called Drumsmittal. Drumsmittal? No, North Kessock Primary School, that's what it's called now.

CM: And Drumsmittal School, can you tell me a bit about ...?

MB: It's up on the - but I was never in it.

CM: No. Can you tell me about the building? Do you remember ...?

MB: Well, I was never in school at Drumsmittal, no.

CM: So you didn't really pay any attention to it [laughs]

MB: Well, I wasn't - I was out of school by then.

CM: Mmm. That's right because you ...

MB: Uh-huh.

CM: ... you were a ...

MB: Uh-huh.

CM: ... a young woman, going into work then. And, em, the church ? Where did, where did people go to church?

MB: There's the Mission Hall along in the Kessock, along near the far end of the original village, otherwise it's Munlochy. But there's a Church, the Free Church of Scotland is up beside the surgery there now, but it's, it was just a, don't know, not many years ago since that one was built, and the other Church of Scotland is Munlochy, and Kilearnan.

CM: Kilearnan Free Church?

MB: No.

CM: The church, the Parish Church?

MB: The Parish Church. I think the Free Church - Och yes, it's closed; it's an Art Gallery or something now.

CM: So people, would people have gone, either to Munlochy ...?

MB: ... or Killeranan ...

CM: Or Kilearnan.

MB: ... or the Mission Hall along in the village.

CM: So, another long walk if you were going [laughs]

MB: Another long - oh yes. Yes. Oh, we did walk to Munlochy, yes.

CM: And when you walked to Munlochy, what was the road you took?

MB: You would've to go under the underpass ...

CM: Mmm-hmm.

MB: ... here, and then, under the underpass, and round, and - go to your left, instead of coming down onto the A9, go to your left, and up that way to Munlochy.

CM: And that's the road that would connect Kilmuir ...

MB: Kilmuir, yes.

CM: ... to Munlochy.

MB: Uh-huh.

CM: OK. So you walked along there? [indicates on map]

MB: Yes

CM: As it is now, or has it changed?

MB: No, it hasn't changed a bit.

CM: Uh-huh.

MB: No, it's the same, as it was then. And I think that's it. I can't think of ...

CM: Well, I think you've seen a lot of change?

MB: Oh yes.

CM: Things have disappeared and things have come.

MB: Things have disappeared, and other things have appeared. Yes.

CM: And you've worked I think, perhaps the Forestry, just is, it's an amazing thing, Mhairi, because it is, perhaps the biggest landowner on ...

MB: Oh yes, yes.

CM: ... the Black Isle now ...

MB: Uh-huh.

CM: ... and you've been part of creating ...

MB: ... part, part of it.

CM: [laughs] Well, thank you very much; thank you for all that.

MB Oh well, I hope it's ...

CM: Oh, it's, grand. Thank you, Mhairi. [laughs]

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Black Isle Heritage Memories - Mhairi Beaton (7 of 7)

ROSS

2010s

audios; built environment; villages; dwellings; houses;

ARCH (Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands)

ARCH: Black Isle Heritage Memories

In this audio extract North Kessock resident, Mhairi Beaton, talks about schools and churches in the local area.<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 /> CM: And what about school, Mhairi?<br /> <br /> MB: Well, the school was up onto, on the road towards Kilmuir, until a few years ago they built this new school, just at the top of the road there, where you turned up.<br /> <br /> CM: Mmm. Just at the Ferry, Ferrybrae Road?<br /> <br /> MB: Yes, uh-huh. It's Ferrybrae Road, the school was up there.<br /> <br /> CM: And what was that road called, to Kilmuir, what did you ...?<br /> <br /> MB: It was just the Kilmuir Road.<br /> <br /> CM: Kilmuir Road. <br /> <br /> MB: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: And the school building, is that gone?<br /> <br /> MB: Well it was Drumsmittal Sch- No, there's a man there he does, what is, Ross Recordings. Do you know of Ross Recordings?<br /> <br /> CM: Of course that now, the A9, divides the village ...<br /> <br /> MB: Yes.<br /> <br /> CM: ... from that building?<br /> <br /> MB: Yes, uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: And, it's, can you tell me the name of the school again?<br /> <br /> MB: Drumsmittal, and the new school is - Oh no, it's not called Drumsmittal, it's called - It's a shame. I don't know why I don't know why they didn't call it, still call it, Drumsmittal School, because the road going in behind it is Drumsmittal Road.<br /> <br /> CM: And that road would've gone in before the A9, all the way?<br /> <br /> MB: No, no it wasn't there at all then.<br /> <br /> CM: No?<br /> <br /> MB: This is a new bit of the - It's this side of the, it's on this side of the A9, Drumsmittal road is. But I think it's called Drumsmittal. Drumsmittal? No, North Kessock Primary School, that's what it's called now.<br /> <br /> CM: And Drumsmittal School, can you tell me a bit about ...?<br /> <br /> MB: It's up on the - but I was never in it.<br /> <br /> CM: No. Can you tell me about the building? Do you remember ...?<br /> <br /> MB: Well, I was never in school at Drumsmittal, no.<br /> <br /> CM: So you didn't really pay any attention to it [laughs]<br /> <br /> MB: Well, I wasn't - I was out of school by then.<br /> <br /> CM: Mmm. That's right because you ...<br /> <br /> MB: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: ... you were a ...<br /> <br /> MB: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: ... a young woman, going into work then. And, em, the church ? Where did, where did people go to church?<br /> <br /> MB: There's the Mission Hall along in the Kessock, along near the far end of the original village, otherwise it's Munlochy. But there's a Church, the Free Church of Scotland is up beside the surgery there now, but it's, it was just a, don't know, not many years ago since that one was built, and the other Church of Scotland is Munlochy, and Kilearnan.<br /> <br /> CM: Kilearnan Free Church?<br /> <br /> MB: No. <br /> <br /> CM: The church, the Parish Church? <br /> <br /> MB: The Parish Church. I think the Free Church - Och yes, it's closed; it's an Art Gallery or something now.<br /> <br /> CM: So people, would people have gone, either to Munlochy ...?<br /> <br /> MB: ... or Killeranan ...<br /> <br /> CM: Or Kilearnan.<br /> <br /> MB: ... or the Mission Hall along in the village.<br /> <br /> CM: So, another long walk if you were going [laughs]<br /> <br /> MB: Another long - oh yes. Yes. Oh, we did walk to Munlochy, yes.<br /> <br /> CM: And when you walked to Munlochy, what was the road you took?<br /> <br /> MB: You would've to go under the underpass ...<br /> <br /> CM: Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> MB: ... here, and then, under the underpass, and round, and - go to your left, instead of coming down onto the A9, go to your left, and up that way to Munlochy.<br /> <br /> CM: And that's the road that would connect Kilmuir ...<br /> <br /> MB: Kilmuir, yes.<br /> <br /> CM: ... to Munlochy.<br /> <br /> MB: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> CM: OK. So you walked along there? [indicates on map]<br /> <br /> MB: Yes<br /> <br /> CM: As it is now, or has it changed?<br /> <br /> MB: No, it hasn't changed a bit.<br /> <br /> CM: Uh-huh.<br /> <br /> MB: No, it's the same, as it was then. And I think that's it. I can't think of ...<br /> <br /> CM: Well, I think you've seen a lot of change?<br /> <br /> MB: Oh yes.<br /> <br /> CM: Things have disappeared and things have come.<br /> <br /> MB: Things have disappeared, and other things have appeared. Yes.<br /> <br /> CM: And you've worked I think, perhaps the Forestry, just is, it's an amazing thing, Mhairi, because it is, perhaps the biggest landowner on ...<br /> <br /> MB: Oh yes, yes.<br /> <br /> CM: ... the Black Isle now ...<br /> <br /> MB: Uh-huh. <br /> <br /> CM: ... and you've been part of creating ...<br /> <br /> MB: ... part, part of it.<br /> <br /> CM: [laughs] Well, thank you very much; thank you for all that.<br /> <br /> MB Oh well, I hope it's ...<br /> <br /> CM: Oh, it's, grand. Thank you, Mhairi. [laughs]