High tech weather forecasting at the Blue Shed, Torrin, Isle of Skye:
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: Blackhouses, Hebrides, Scottish Highlands
They were generally to be found in the Scottish Highlands, the Hebrides and Ireland.
Part of the house was used as living accommodation and part was used to keep livestock.
The house had no chimney and was heated by a fire in the middle of the floor, the smoke permeating out through the thatch.
Additional warmth was provided by the body heat of the animals living at the end of the house.
People continued to live in blackhouses into the twentieth century until the demand for more modern houses with better heating and plumbing caused them to fall out of favour.
Many have now been restored for use as holiday accommodation.
Filed under: Photographs, Wildlife | Tags: Harris, Lewis, Machair, Outer Hebrides
In the Outer Hebrides, Machair habitats run along the western shores of Uist, Harris and Lewis.
It is formed by sand being regularly blown ashore by Atlantic gales.
Machair habitats are threatened by changes to the way the land is managed – a reduction in the number of crofters means a reduction in the amount of grazing taking place – and by increased erosion due to rising sea levels.
Filed under: Genealogy, Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: Ashaig Cemetery, Commonwealth War Graves, HMS Curacoa, Isle of Skye
On 2 October 1942, near the north west coast of Ireland she was joined by the escort ship HMS Curacoa, a 4,000 ton British light cruiser, for the final part of the journey to the Clyde. To make themselves less of a target for torpedoes from U-boats, both ships zig-zagged through the water. However, this course of action brought the two ships perilously close to each other.
The Queen Mary was huge compared to the Curacoa and ploughed straight through the middle of the smaller vessel, cutting it in two. The Curacoa sank within minutes along with most of its crew. The Queen Mary carried on to Gourock with some damage to its bow. Wartime regulations meant that she was not permitted to stop to help any survivors from the Curacoa because she would then have been vulnerable to U-boat attack.
Of the 440 crew of the Curacoa, 100 men survived . Most of the rest went down with the ship but in the following weeks bodies were washed up on various shores around the west coast of Scotland and the Hebrides. Around 20 of these seamen were washed up on Elgol and Sleat on the Isle of Skye and were buried at Ashaig Cemetery near Broadford.
The wreck of the Curacoa, lying off the north west coast of Ireland, remains a war grave to this day.
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: Highland clearances, Steimreway
In 1843 the villages of Lemreway and Orinsay were cleared to make room for sheep at Park Farm in the district of South Lochs on the Isle of Lewis. The nearby village of Steimreway was not cleared at the time, but became isolated inside the boundaries of the farm.
In 1857 the farm expanded to Steimreway with a further wave of sheep, the crofters being moved to nearby Lemreway. The clearance of the crofters of Steimreway to Lemreway in 1857 was the last forced clearance from the Park Peninsula.
Steimreway was quite a large village. It stands on the shores of Loch Shell, on the east side of Tob Stiomrabhaigh, in a beautiful setting and the remains of many of the houses can still be seen today.
More photos are available on Flickr – see Clearance Villages.
Filed under: Photographs, Scottish History | Tags: Jousting, Linlithgow Palace, West Lothian
Here’s a short film of jousting at Linlithgow Palace. Linlithgow was a royal palace used mainly by the Stewart kings and queens. Mary, Queen of Scots, was born here in December 1542.
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Here’s a few photos taken at the recent Gardening Scotland show in Edinburgh.