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TITLE
Picking potatoes
EXTERNAL ID
GAIRLOCHM_491
PLACENAME
unidentified
SOURCE
Gairloch Heritage Museum
ASSET ID
5736
KEYWORDS
farming
agriculture
vegetables
Picking potatoes

A photograph showing a group of ladies, posing with a young child, in front of their crop of potatoes.

Ever since their introduction into Scotland in the seventeenth century, potatoes have become a staple in the Highland diet. Harvesting the potato crop in the autumn was a major event on the crofting calendar.

While the potato was cheap, nutritious and easy to grow, it was also central to one of the most trying periods in the history of the Highlands. The introduction of potato blight (Phytophthora infestans) caused the Highland Potato Famine during the 1840s. As a result, over a million people were forced to abandon their land, for fear of starvation, and emigrated from Scotland.


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Picking potatoes

farming; agriculture; vegetables

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Photograph Collection

A photograph showing a group of ladies, posing with a young child, in front of their crop of potatoes. <br /> <br /> Ever since their introduction into Scotland in the seventeenth century, potatoes have become a staple in the Highland diet. Harvesting the potato crop in the autumn was a major event on the crofting calendar.<br /> <br /> While the potato was cheap, nutritious and easy to grow, it was also central to one of the most trying periods in the history of the Highlands. The introduction of potato blight (Phytophthora infestans) caused the Highland Potato Famine during the 1840s. As a result, over a million people were forced to abandon their land, for fear of starvation, and emigrated from Scotland. <br /> <br /> <br /> This image may be available to purchase.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href="mailto: info@gairlochheritagemuseum.org">Gairloch Heritage Museum</a>