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TITLE
Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (10 of 25)
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_ROSIE_CAMPBELL_10
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
41260
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 describes the house belonging to David MacDonald.

(Image - Ruins at Crathie)

'Interviewer: Let's come up the hill a little bit to David MacDonald's...

Yes.

...house. Can you remember much about that house?

David was another old man. I don't remember of David really working very much because he was pretty old by that time. He used to walk down to the shop at Laggan Post Office about once a month, it was a regular with him, and I don't mind, you know, of him ever, but he helped like; he'd be over helping the other crofters when they'd be working. And I don't remember if he had a - I don't think they even had a cow there; I think they just got their milk from the others, and they lived alone. There was himself and his nephew, Johnny, who was known as 'Johnny Town', and another nephew, Kenny MacDougall. They lived with him; I remember of them being there.

Interviewer: And what was that house like, was it thatched?

It was a thatched house too, and it was very dark inside, I remember also. Very small windows in it again. They were well set into the house, you know, very well set in.'

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Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (10 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 describes the house belonging to David MacDonald.<br /> <br /> (Image - Ruins at Crathie)<br /> <br /> 'Interviewer: Let's come up the hill a little bit to David MacDonald's...<br /> <br /> Yes.<br /> <br /> ...house. Can you remember much about that house?<br /> <br /> David was another old man. I don't remember of David really working very much because he was pretty old by that time. He used to walk down to the shop at Laggan Post Office about once a month, it was a regular with him, and I don't mind, you know, of him ever, but he helped like; he'd be over helping the other crofters when they'd be working. And I don't remember if he had a - I don't think they even had a cow there; I think they just got their milk from the others, and they lived alone. There was himself and his nephew, Johnny, who was known as 'Johnny Town', and another nephew, Kenny MacDougall. They lived with him; I remember of them being there. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: And what was that house like, was it thatched?<br /> <br /> It was a thatched house too, and it was very dark inside, I remember also. Very small windows in it again. They were well set into the house, you know, very well set in.'