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TITLE
Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (5 of 25)
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_ROSIE_CAMPBELL_05
PLACENAME
Crathie
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Laggan
DATE OF RECORDING
7 December 1983
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Rosie Campbell
SOURCE
Highland Folk Museum
ASSET ID
41255
KEYWORDS
deserted townships
crofts
crofting
buildings
croft houses
crofters
audios

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Crathie was one of the last Badenoch townships to be abandoned in the 20th century. Situated north of the River Spey, at the entrance to Glen Markie, Crathie once supported thirty families.

Rosie Campbell, a native of Laggan, used to spend her childhood summers in Crathie, staying with her friend Maggie MacPherson. In this audio extract Rosie remembers the shop at Crathie.

(Image - Ruins at Crathie)

'The shop, again, was lean-to to the house. When you crossed the bridge you came to the shop first, and it was a lean-to, to the house of corrugated iron, painted, and they kept sweets, biscuits, and there was Nestles milk was tinned at that time. I was [?] it was tinned at that time. And odds and ends; they didn't keep a lot of things in the shop, but odds and ends. Matches, tobacco, cigarettes, and things - lemonade and - They did keep some groceries, but I can't just remember what they were, but not very much, many groceries, no. But they did keep some groceries, oh yes. I think they kept butter and cheese and things like that and jars of jam; I can remember these being on the shelf. It was a simple shop, with a little counter, and there was a wee door lifted up and walked into the, round the back of it. I can remember that.

Interviewer: And how long did the shop? How long was the shop there?

Well, it was there well into, must have been well into the thirties, they were still there. Yes, well into the thirties.

Interviewer: Well into - it was there when I came.

Yes. I just couldn't say when. It was well into the thirties.

Interviewer: Yes, uh-huh, yes. And what about the house there? Can you remember where you ever in the house?

Oh yes, I was in the house. I was in the house but I can't remember much about it. I'd be in and out of their house.

Interviewer: What kind of roof did it have?

Now, it was corrugated iron, yes, and white walls outside. Yes.'

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Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (5 of 25)

INVERNESS: Laggan

1980s

deserted townships; crofts; crofting; buildings; croft houses; crofters; audios

Highland Folk Museum

Highland Folk Museum: Crathie Township

Crathie was one of the last Badenoch townships to be abandoned in the 20th century. Situated north of the River Spey, at the entrance to Glen Markie, Crathie once supported thirty families. <br /> <br /> Rosie Campbell, a native of Laggan, used to spend her childhood summers in Crathie, staying with her friend Maggie MacPherson. In this audio extract Rosie remembers the shop at Crathie.<br /> <br /> (Image - Ruins at Crathie)<br /> <br /> 'The shop, again, was lean-to to the house. When you crossed the bridge you came to the shop first, and it was a lean-to, to the house of corrugated iron, painted, and they kept sweets, biscuits, and there was Nestles milk was tinned at that time. I was [?] it was tinned at that time. And odds and ends; they didn't keep a lot of things in the shop, but odds and ends. Matches, tobacco, cigarettes, and things - lemonade and - They did keep some groceries, but I can't just remember what they were, but not very much, many groceries, no. But they did keep some groceries, oh yes. I think they kept butter and cheese and things like that and jars of jam; I can remember these being on the shelf. It was a simple shop, with a little counter, and there was a wee door lifted up and walked into the, round the back of it. I can remember that.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And how long did the shop? How long was the shop there?<br /> <br /> Well, it was there well into, must have been well into the thirties, they were still there. Yes, well into the thirties.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Well into - it was there when I came.<br /> <br /> Yes. I just couldn't say when. It was well into the thirties.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes, uh-huh, yes. And what about the house there? Can you remember where you ever in the house?<br /> <br /> Oh yes, I was in the house. I was in the house but I can't remember much about it. I'd be in and out of their house.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: What kind of roof did it have?<br /> <br /> Now, it was corrugated iron, yes, and white walls outside. Yes.'