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Speaking Gaelic

Edward would have spoken Gaelic at home, but learned to read and write in English at school. Gaelic was forbidden there, and he would have been beaten for speaking it to his friends at playtime. From the 18th century until well into the 20th century,...

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The Corn Kiln

The bowl of the kiln is still visible within what would have been a raised platform at one end of the original structure. The hole at one side of the bowl is the end of the flue from the fire. The rest of the flue...

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Sheep and Sheep Clipping

[intro] In the mid-19th century the economy of Auchindrain changed from cattle to sheep. The main product was now wool, for which there was a steady demand at good prices. [/intro] [details] When the sheep flock was valued in 1900, it consisted of around 650 animals, half “yowes”...

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The Kiln Barn

The first building on this site was a ‘kiln barn’, a type of structure going back many centuries.  Particularly in the damp West of Scotland, newly-threshed grain only lasts for about two weeks before it goes mouldy.  Corn was stored here and was threshed when...

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Thatching Bell’s House

We know from the New Statistical Account that in Mid Argyll township roofs were thatched with “rashes” or “ferns”.  “Rashes” were the Common Rush; “ferns” were bracken. Bracken thatch lasts a long time, but the bracken is difficult and labour intensive to harvest.  Rush is just...

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Scotch Broth Recipe

Ingredients:  ½ lb boiling beef 1 oz barley carrot (1/2 pint) turnip ¼ kail (or cabbage) 1 tbsp chopped parsley 1 quart cold water Salt and pepper Method Wash the barley and put it in a pan with cold water. Heat the barley and add the meat bringing the water to the boil. Skim the fat off...

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Living in the New House

The house arrived on a lorry as a kit with a set of printed instructions. Sections of timber framing were assembled on a set of low brick walls.  This was clad with fibreboard inside and out, windows and doors were fitted, and the whole house...

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Building McIntyre’s House

In 1967 the house was refurbished to provide accommodation for a member of staff when the township opened as a museum in 1968.  This involved the complete reconstruction of the ground floor.  This photograph of the back of the building was taken by Young Eddie...

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Who lived in McIntyre’s House?

Incomers to the township were generally related to an existing resident, even if only distantly. The story of Neil McPhail illustrates this. His uncle Colin Stewart lived in this house after came here from Kilninver near Oban in the 1870s, to take over the tenancy share...

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Building W

Auchindrain became a museum in the 1960s. This was the first building to be reconstructed, and was set up as a visitor centre. Today we use it as a site workshop and for storage. Census data from the 1840s and 1850s indicates that Building W was...

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