• The Girls at Gearraidh Thodail

    by  • 23 May 2009 • Crofting, History • 2 Comments

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    Left, Mairead Macdonald (8 Kneep) and right, her sister Chirsty Ann (Ciorstaidh Anna a’Phurpois) at the shieling at Gearraidh Thodail.  The shieling is at NB095290, between Suainebhal and Direadh Beinn, and the Comann Eachdraidh visited it last summer – see pictures.

    Chirsty Ann was born in 1912 and so this was taken about 1930.  Note the turf roof, patched with an old sail.  The tin vessels were made by the tinkers who resided during the season in Glen Valtos.  The girls hold a quart jug and a sieve, which was lined with muslin to filter the milk carefully, and the pail was also of tin.

    Our picture of the year, I reckon.  Many thanks to Chrissie for the loan of it.

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    2 Responses to The Girls at Gearraidh Thodail

    1. 23 May 2009 at 12:00 pm

      I take the liberty to point out that the OS reference should read NB095290; the reference quoted above is the one for Airigh an Uisge, about a mile to the south.

    2. 23 May 2009 at 12:14 pm

      Quite right – thanks for the correction. We visited them both on the same day.

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