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Hay Drying in Plockton
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_RAMSAY_D893_1_13_011
PLACENAME
Plockton
DISTRICT
South West Ross
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Lochalsh
SOURCE
Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre
ASSET ID
9088
KEYWORDS
hydro-electric
hay drying
Plockton
lorry
Matheson
Hay Drying in Plockton

In the mid-1950s, the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board built a hay drying plant in Plockton situated near the railway station. After the hay was cut, it was taken to the plant then put out on racks where electrically powered fans moved air through the hay. Once dry, the farmers would take the hay away for storage. The plant was built as a trial unit, and was used for some years. This photograph shows a lorry owned by M Matheson from Kyle of Lochalsh loaded with hay, secured for transport with a large tarpaulin to keep it in place. George Mackay is on top of the load of hay, with Dr Farquhar MacRae, Catherine MacKay and James Campbell watching.

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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Hay Drying in Plockton

ROSS: Lochalsh

hydro-electric; hay drying; Plockton; lorry; Matheson

Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre

William J Ramsay Archive

In the mid-1950s, the North of Scotland Hydro Electric Board built a hay drying plant in Plockton situated near the railway station. After the hay was cut, it was taken to the plant then put out on racks where electrically powered fans moved air through the hay. Once dry, the farmers would take the hay away for storage. The plant was built as a trial unit, and was used for some years. This photograph shows a lorry owned by M Matheson from Kyle of Lochalsh loaded with hay, secured for transport with a large tarpaulin to keep it in place. George Mackay is on top of the load of hay, with Dr Farquhar MacRae, Catherine MacKay and James Campbell watching.<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 />