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TITLE
Picking potatoes at South Erradale
EXTERNAL ID
GAIRLOCHM_491
PLACENAME
unidentified
PERIOD
1950s
SOURCE
Gairloch Heritage Museum
ASSET ID
5736
KEYWORDS
farming
agriculture
vegetables
Picking potatoes at South Erradale

Bella MacKenzie ("Beilea Choinnich Fhearchair") of 8 South Erradale, and Nan MacKenzie of 26 South Erradale (in the middle), working at potatoes. In the background is Flora MacKenzie of 11 South Erradale pushing a wheelbarrow.

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 at South Erradale

1950s

farming; agriculture; vegetables

Gairloch Heritage Museum

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Photograph Collection

Bella MacKenzie ("Beilea Choinnich Fhearchair") of 8 South Erradale, and Nan MacKenzie of 26 South Erradale (in the middle), working at potatoes. In the background is Flora MacKenzie of 11 South Erradale pushing a wheelbarrow.<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>