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Martin’s Kitchen

[intro] The houses here were named after the head of household. This one is named after Martin Munro, who lived here from his birth in 1858 until he moved away in 1917. The house was built between 1800 and 1840, at right angles to the site...

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Martin’s House (exterior OLD)

[intro]This is one of six longhouses in the township, where people, cattle and horses lived under the same roof. Uniquely amongst these buildings, it has a now-roofless peat shed attached to its eastern end. It is named for Martin Munro, who lived here from his...

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McGugan’s Croft Buildings

[intro]These buildings are not part of the East or West Townships - the land was worked as a sub-tenancy.  You’ll have to imagine walls rising to a thatched roof, glass in the windows, and an interior similar to those you saw in Martin’s House or...

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Crofters and Crofting

[intro] In the late 18th century, agricultural improvement began to change townships. One of these changes was the division of land into small individual tenancies called ‘crofts’. Each was occupied by one person or family – ‘crofters’. [/intro] [details] Originally ‘croft’ was simply a word to describe an...

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The Hill and the Heather OLD

[intro]You are now following the well-worn route from the heart of the township to part of the outrun. The cattle spent much of the cold winter months in the byre, where they added warmth to the house – as well as noise and smells! Hay,...

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Taigh MhicCoiseim (The McCosham House)

[intro] This is the ruin of Taigh MhicCoiseim: a one room house with a small byre, surrounded by an enclosed kailyard. It sits outside the dyke around the East Township. This could mean that when the McCosham family arrived they were seen as outsiders, not part...

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Tenants and Cottars

[intro] Two types of people lived in the township: tenants and cottars.  The tenants paid rent for their land to the Duke of Argyll, and had the right to live here with their families.  Cottars lived in the township with the approval of the tenants. They...

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Eddie’s Barn

[intro] Eddie's Barn is one of four threshing barns in the township. It now houses a display of agricultural implements. The north end of the barn has been extended to create a byre, meaning more cattle could be kept indoors over the winter. [/intro] [details] [caption id="attachment_22902" align="alignnone" width="800"]...

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Eddie’s Milkhouse

[intro]From the 1940s onwards there was a ‘Milkhouse’ here, made from old windows. It was set against the wall of the barn, and on brighter days must have been a warm and inviting place. It was where Peggy MacCallum made butter and cheese.[/intro] [details] [caption id="attachment_21727" align="alignnone"...

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Eddie’s Byre

[intro]When it was new, the interior of this house would have been an open space, with only a timber screen separating the byre end (where animals were kept) from the living space.  The building would have had only one entrance, which was used by both...

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