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TITLE
Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (11 of 25)
EXTERNAL ID
KIGHF_ROSIE_CAMPBELL_11
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
41261
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 local shepherd, John MacDonald.

(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, just down below there, there would be Croftmore.

Yes.

Interviewer: Now...

Croftmore...

Interviewer: MacDonald, Mr MacDonald?

MacDonald was at Croftmore; he was the shepherd for the crofters. He was called the Crathie, the Crathie Shepherd. MacDonald, Croftmore. And, also the Coul sheep, the farm sheep, they all seemed to be under him, and he was the shepherd that went up the Glen, I know that, and he did the sheep round the crofts.

Interviewer: So he was paid by the crofters to look after...

I expect he did.

...the common flock.

Yes, between them all they would have been paying his wages, yes, and that. But they kept their own cow, they'd their own cow and that, there, and there was quite a family of them; there was his son Tom, and his daughter Kate, and his wife, and - there was some other members of his family away but John came home, severely wounded, and asthma, I think it was, from the war, 1914 war, and for many years, lived one of these revolving huts just out between the house and the byre, he lived in that for as long as he lived. He'd one leg off; he walked with a crutch.

Interviewer: Yes.'

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Crathie: Life in a Crofting Township (11 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 local shepherd, John MacDonald.<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, just down below there, there would be Croftmore. <br /> <br /> Yes.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Now...<br /> <br /> Croftmore...<br /> <br /> Interviewer: MacDonald, Mr MacDonald?<br /> <br /> MacDonald was at Croftmore; he was the shepherd for the crofters. He was called the Crathie, the Crathie Shepherd. MacDonald, Croftmore. And, also the Coul sheep, the farm sheep, they all seemed to be under him, and he was the shepherd that went up the Glen, I know that, and he did the sheep round the crofts.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: So he was paid by the crofters to look after...<br /> <br /> I expect he did.<br /> <br /> ...the common flock.<br /> <br /> Yes, between them all they would have been paying his wages, yes, and that. But they kept their own cow, they'd their own cow and that, there, and there was quite a family of them; there was his son Tom, and his daughter Kate, and his wife, and - there was some other members of his family away but John came home, severely wounded, and asthma, I think it was, from the war, 1914 war, and for many years, lived one of these revolving huts just out between the house and the byre, he lived in that for as long as he lived. He'd one leg off; he walked with a crutch.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes.'