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TITLE
Ardnamurchan Cottages
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_859_20_0113
PLACENAME
Ardnamurchan
DISTRICT
Ardnamurchan
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan
PERIOD
20c
CREATOR
M E M Donaldson
SOURCE
Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)
ASSET ID
9535
KEYWORDS
cottages
houses
Ardnamurchan Cottages

Thatched cottages somewhere on Ardnamurchan, most probably Sanna or Achnaha.

A thatched roof was based on a wooden frame which rested on the cottage walls. Thatch was a cheap material to roof a house but was also light which meant it would not put unnecessary weight stress on the walls. An overlapping layer of heathery turf would be placed over the frame and a layer of thatch would be laid over that. The thatch would be secured with old fishing net or twine which would be tied to large rocks to weight it down. In most places it was normal to re-thatch the roof each year.

M.E.M. Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.

Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban


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Ardnamurchan Cottages

ARGYLL: Ardnamurchan

20c

cottages; houses

Highland Photographic Archive (IMAG)

M E M Donaldson Collection

Thatched cottages somewhere on Ardnamurchan, most probably Sanna or Achnaha.<br /> <br /> A thatched roof was based on a wooden frame which rested on the cottage walls. Thatch was a cheap material to roof a house but was also light which meant it would not put unnecessary weight stress on the walls. An overlapping layer of heathery turf would be placed over the frame and a layer of thatch would be laid over that. The thatch would be secured with old fishing net or twine which would be tied to large rocks to weight it down. In most places it was normal to re-thatch the roof each year.<br /> <br /> M.E.M. Donaldson was born in 1876 and came to the Highlands around 1908. She travelled extensively around the North and West Highlands, writing and taking photographs. One of her favourite locations was the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and it was there she settled, at Sanna, in 1927.<br /> <br /> Between 1912 and 1949 Miss Donaldson produced many books on the social history and customs of the North and West Highlands. 'Wanderings in the Western Highlands and Islands' and 'Further Wanderings - Mainly in Argyll' are two of her best known works and both are illustrated with her own photographs. She died in a nursing home in Edinburgh in 1958, and was buried in Oban <br /> <br /> <br /> This image can be purchased.<br /> For further information about purchasing and prices please email the<br /> <a href="mailto: photographic.archive@highlifehighland.com">Highland Photographic Archive</a> quoting the External ID.