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TITLE
Hydro-electric pole raising ceremony, Morar
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_10_022A
PLACENAME
Morar
DISTRICT
Lochaber
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Glenelg
DATE OF IMAGE
May 1945
PERIOD
1940s
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
8920
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
Morar
Lady Hermione Cameron of Lochiel
Tom Johnston
Hydro-electric pole raising ceremony, Morar

In May 1946, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board held pole raising ceremonies in Morar and Lochalsh, to mark the beginning of the hydro-electric schemes in these areas. This photograph shows Tom Johnston making a speech at the ceremony at Morar. Johnston, regarded as the greatest Scottish Secretary of the century, would have delighted in the occasion, seeing his vision of electricity throughout the glens becoming a reality, bringing with it an increase in living standards. Behind him is Lady Hermione Cameron of Locheil, who was asked to do the honours at this ceremony.

The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.

Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.

The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000


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Hydro-electric pole raising ceremony, Morar

INVERNESS: Glenelg

1940s

hydro-electric; Morar; Lady Hermione Cameron of Lochiel; Tom Johnston

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In May 1946, the North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board held pole raising ceremonies in Morar and Lochalsh, to mark the beginning of the hydro-electric schemes in these areas. This photograph shows Tom Johnston making a speech at the ceremony at Morar. Johnston, regarded as the greatest Scottish Secretary of the century, would have delighted in the occasion, seeing his vision of electricity throughout the glens becoming a reality, bringing with it an increase in living standards. Behind him is Lady Hermione Cameron of Locheil, who was asked to do the honours at this ceremony.<br /> <br /> The North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board was established under the Hydro-Electric Development (Scotland) Act 1943. Thomas Johnston presented the Act in the House of Commons, declaring that by harnessing 'the great latent power of the region' it would assist in remedying the ills that affected the Highlands. Johnston told the Commons that 'industries, whether owned nationally or privately, will be and ought to be, attracted to locations in the Highlands, as a result of this measure'.<br /> <br /> Ordinary consumers would have priority, then the anticipated large power users, and any surplus energy would be sold to the national grid. Profits from these sales would help reduce distribution costs to more remote areas, and assist in carrying out measures for the economic development and social improvement of the Highlands. This famous social clause gave recognition that the Hydro Board was envisaged as an instrument for the rehabilitation of northern Scotland, not just an organization to provide electricity.<br /> <br /> The output from the power station at Loch Sloy, west of Loch Lomond, was intended to meet the demand for central and western Scotland. The surplus energy produced here would be used to subsidise the Morar and Lochalsh projects, it being unlikely these smaller schemes could pay their way. The cost of construction of these three projects was estimated at £4,600,000 <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email<br /> <a href= "mailto: skyeandlochalsh.archives@highlifehighland.com" >Skye and Lochalsh Archives</a>