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Interview with Donald Sutherland (2006)

Donald Sutherland’s recollections of living and working on his family’s croft, where his father worked as a blacksmith. Interviewees Margot Macgregor and Jacquie Atken.

  • 00:00 – Carnlaggie
  • 01:26 – Horses on the croft
  • 02:06 – Curing the hay
  • 02:55 – A family of crofters & weavers
  • 04:11 – Time to play & school
  • 06:23 – Staple diet
  • 07:13 – Collecting peat
  • 08:18 – A bad winter
  • 09:32 – A rowan tree for the witches
  • 10:14 – Blacksmiths, bakers & chemists
  • 12:28 – Sheep pens
  • 13:35 – Carting the fish
  • 15:00 – Bartering & butter
  • 15:56 – Dr Macdonald