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TITLE
Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (6 of 25)
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_ROSIE_CAMPBELL_06
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
41256
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 one of the local families - the MacKillops.

(Image - Ruins at Crathie, as seen from the Glen Markie road. © Copyright Richard Webb, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence 2.0)

'Interviewer: Now, up behind the shop...

...was MacKillop's house.

Interviewer: Yes, MacKillop.

Again, MacKillop's, he lived alone...

Interviewer: Yes.

...and he was known locally as 'Catch the Ten'. And he drove his, he seemed to be about Sherramore quite a lot; he drove the horse and dog cart from the glen, for their messages at the weekend, down to Laggan Bridge - that was one of his jobs - and in the summertime he was the same, employed there, for the shooting tenants. He would have been an odd man round Sherramore, I expect, in these days.

Interviewer: And what did that house look like?

Well, again, it - I just can't mind so much about it, because him being alone, you weren't in it the same as you were in the others. But it was the usual - I might have been in it right enough, but not taken much notice of it - it was the same as the Shendlars [?], the same type of house again as they're - thatched roof and - they were both thatched roofs. The Shendlars [?] was the same; they were thatched-roof houses, whitewashed walls and, like that, white inside round their chimneys, just much the same as the others, and their furniture was much the same, yes.

Interviewer: Ok'

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Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (6 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 one of the local families - the MacKillops.<br /> <br /> (Image - Ruins at Crathie, as seen from the Glen Markie road. © Copyright Richard Webb, licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence 2.0)<br /> <br /> 'Interviewer: Now, up behind the shop...<br /> <br /> ...was MacKillop's house.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes, MacKillop.<br /> <br /> Again, MacKillop's, he lived alone...<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes.<br /> <br /> ...and he was known locally as 'Catch the Ten'. And he drove his, he seemed to be about Sherramore quite a lot; he drove the horse and dog cart from the glen, for their messages at the weekend, down to Laggan Bridge - that was one of his jobs - and in the summertime he was the same, employed there, for the shooting tenants. He would have been an odd man round Sherramore, I expect, in these days.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: And what did that house look like? <br /> <br /> Well, again, it - I just can't mind so much about it, because him being alone, you weren't in it the same as you were in the others. But it was the usual - I might have been in it right enough, but not taken much notice of it - it was the same as the Shendlars [?], the same type of house again as they're - thatched roof and - they were both thatched roofs. The Shendlars [?] was the same; they were thatched-roof houses, whitewashed walls and, like that, white inside round their chimneys, just much the same as the others, and their furniture was much the same, yes.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Ok'