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TITLE
Farmhouse at Arnaboll, Loch Hope
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_BRIDGET_MACKENZIE_PHOTO_02
PLACENAME
Arnaboll
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
SUTHERLAND: Durness
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Bridget Mackenzie
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
470
KEYWORDS
pibroch
Farmhouse at Arnaboll, Loch Hope

This farmhouse is at Arnaboll, on the west side of Loch Hope, in north-west Sutherland. It stands in green fields beside the loch, looking across to the peak of Ben Hope. In the spring the fields are thick with primroses and lady's smock. On the hillside behind the house is an old graveyard, with mossy gravestones and daffodils.

Around 1700, the farmhouse belonged to Donald MacKay of Skerra and his wife, Marion. Donald was a cousin of the great pipe music composer, Iain Dall MacKay, and when Donald and Marion died, in the early 1700s, Iain composed two magnificent laments for them. He had previously made, in 1697, a wonderful Gaelic poem, 'Corrienessan's Lament', in which he described how he set off from Arnaboll to cross the rugged Sutherland mountains, through to Loch Stack. Although he was blind, he had seen the places in his childhood, and gave remarkably clear descriptions of the landscape.

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Farmhouse at Arnaboll, Loch Hope

SUTHERLAND: Durness

2000s

pibroch

Am Baile

This farmhouse is at Arnaboll, on the west side of Loch Hope, in north-west Sutherland. It stands in green fields beside the loch, looking across to the peak of Ben Hope. In the spring the fields are thick with primroses and lady's smock. On the hillside behind the house is an old graveyard, with mossy gravestones and daffodils.<br /> <br /> Around 1700, the farmhouse belonged to Donald MacKay of Skerra and his wife, Marion. Donald was a cousin of the great pipe music composer, Iain Dall MacKay, and when Donald and Marion died, in the early 1700s, Iain composed two magnificent laments for them. He had previously made, in 1697, a wonderful Gaelic poem, 'Corrienessan's Lament', in which he described how he set off from Arnaboll to cross the rugged Sutherland mountains, through to Loch Stack. Although he was blind, he had seen the places in his childhood, and gave remarkably clear descriptions of the landscape.