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TITLE
Lifting Potatoes
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_13_006
PLACENAME
Plockton
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9077
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
lorry
potatoes
Plockton
Lifting Potatoes

This photograph was taken in Plockton, Ross-shire. Willie MacKenzie, Tommy Byrnes and Edmund MacKenzie are taking a break from lifting
potatoes. Full bags of potatoes are ready to be taken home. If needed, the local Hydro lorry was called on to assist moving the heavy bags from the field. Always regarded as an organization that took a real interest in the welfare of the local communities, this prudent use of a lorry was much appreciated.

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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Lifting Potatoes

ROSS: Lochalsh

hydro-electric; lorry; potatoes; Plockton

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

This photograph was taken in Plockton, Ross-shire. Willie MacKenzie, Tommy Byrnes and Edmund MacKenzie are taking a break from lifting <br /> potatoes. Full bags of potatoes are ready to be taken home. If needed, the local Hydro lorry was called on to assist moving the heavy bags from the field. Always regarded as an organization that took a real interest in the welfare of the local communities, this prudent use of a lorry was much appreciated.<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><br />