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TITLE
Farm Life on the Lovat Estate (7 of 20)
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_COLIN_MACRAE_07
PLACENAME
Hughton
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kiltarlity and Convinth
DATE OF RECORDING
9 March 1982
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Colin Macrae
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
ASSET ID
41213
KEYWORDS
audios
estates
farms

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Colin Macrae was born and brought up on the Lovat Estate, at Hughton, Eilean Aigas, near Beauly. His family were farmers for the Lovat Estate.

In this audio extract Colin talks about local entertainment including dances, local bands and ceilidhs.

Interviewer: Can you tell me about local dances?

Colin: Oh, yes. We use to have quite eh, quite often dances in the, we used to have them in Kiltarlity and in Struy - round about. We used to have them quite, quite frequent and then - but sometimes, you know, we used to have a very, a very local dance if, sometimes, if there was a girl who'd come to the district and all the boys wanting to get to know, they would go to some old woman or somewhere and get her barn, do all the thrashing for them and clean out the barn and they'd have a dance, you know, for the, have a, never charging, this was just a, like I told you, this was just some of the boys wanting to get to know a girl, you see, and this is the means of introduction. Aye. But there was also quite well organised dances in the area, different villages.

Interviewer: Would the bands have been local?

Colin: Yes, they'd be more or less. Some - och, sometimes it would just be a chap playing an accordion or a fiddle. Something they would form a wee band but very often it would one at the old accordions just, or a fiddle, you know?

Interviewer: And what sort of dances would they do?

Colin: Oh, you would have eighthsome reels, quadrilles, lancers, that were the main ones, you know? Mmm-hmm.

Interviewer: And what about ceilidhs?

Colin: Well, yes, we used to have ceilidhs. Very often, gather at a house, you know, there'd be a - A few would gather, quite informal, you know, they might, wouldn't be arranged, perhaps a few of them just happened to come in and they would [be] telling stories and, singing and things like that, you know? Perhaps some could play the pipes or something like this, or the violin? Ah, they'd be quite frequent, you know?

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Farm Life on the Lovat Estate (7 of 20)

INVERNESS: Kiltarlity and Convinth

1980s

audios; estates; farms;

Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum: Farming at Eilean Aigas

Colin Macrae was born and brought up on the Lovat Estate, at Hughton, Eilean Aigas, near Beauly. His family were farmers for the Lovat Estate.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract Colin talks about local entertainment including dances, local bands and ceilidhs.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Can you tell me about local dances?<br /> <br /> Colin: Oh, yes. We use to have quite eh, quite often dances in the, we used to have them in Kiltarlity and in Struy - round about. We used to have them quite, quite frequent and then - but sometimes, you know, we used to have a very, a very local dance if, sometimes, if there was a girl who'd come to the district and all the boys wanting to get to know, they would go to some old woman or somewhere and get her barn, do all the thrashing for them and clean out the barn and they'd have a dance, you know, for the, have a, never charging, this was just a, like I told you, this was just some of the boys wanting to get to know a girl, you see, and this is the means of introduction. Aye. But there was also quite well organised dances in the area, different villages.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Would the bands have been local?<br /> <br /> Colin: Yes, they'd be more or less. Some - och, sometimes it would just be a chap playing an accordion or a fiddle. Something they would form a wee band but very often it would one at the old accordions just, or a fiddle, you know?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And what sort of dances would they do?<br /> <br /> Colin: Oh, you would have eighthsome reels, quadrilles, lancers, that were the main ones, you know? Mmm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And what about ceilidhs?<br /> <br /> Colin: Well, yes, we used to have ceilidhs. Very often, gather at a house, you know, there'd be a - A few would gather, quite informal, you know, they might, wouldn't be arranged, perhaps a few of them just happened to come in and they would [be] telling stories and, singing and things like that, you know? Perhaps some could play the pipes or something like this, or the violin? Ah, they'd be quite frequent, you know?<br /> <br /> (Image - A Stretch of the River Beauly with Eilean Aigas on the Left © Copyright Stanley Howe, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence 2.0)