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About Auchindrain

[intro]  A township has existed here from before the 16th century. Over time much has changed at Auchindrain. The inhabitants adapted the way they lived and worked to suit the needs of the day. Using a range of historical sources, we've pieced together the story of...

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Building Q: Townships

[intro] In its simplest and earliest form, a township was home to a small group of families who lived on and farmed a portion of the land under the control of their clan chief. Their inhabitants lived collectively - the land and livestock were held...

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Watercourses and Drainage

[intro]It rains a lot here! Good drains are vital to stop the ground from becoming waterlogged.  If the land is too wet the crops won’t grow and there won’t be enough grass for the animals. Keeping the drainage ditches open is vital work. [/intro] [details] A small...

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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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Martin’s Byre

[intro] This part of Martin’s House was originally a byre, where the tenants would have kept cattle and horses during the winter.  It was last occupied in 1961 by Polly and Rona, the township’s last two working horses. [/intro] [details] In the 1840s, the people of the township...

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The Muileann

[intro] You are in open ground, south of Stoner’s House and east of Stoner’s Barn, close to the burn.  The field you can see across the burn was called ‘The Muileann’: (Gaelic for ‘mill’), and the burn is the Allt a’Mhuilinn, the Mill Burn.   [/intro] [details] There...

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Runrig and Small Fields

[intro] In the landscape of Auchindrain, signs of the ways in which the township’s fields were once used for growing crops may still be seen. First, runrig, and later in a system of small fields, the Township people made the best use of their land. [/intro] [details] We are...

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Townships

[intro] In its simplest and earliest form, a township was home to a small group of families who lived on and farmed a portion of the land under the control of their clan chief. Their inhabitants lived collectively - the land and livestock were held or...

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Welcome to Auchindrain

[intro]Welcome to a very special place. Auchindrain, pronounced "Achan-DRYan", comes from the Gaelic Achadh an Droighinn, the blackthorn field. Auchindrain is the last surviving and best preserved example of a 'joint tenancy township'.[/intro] [details] This type of settlement was common in Scotland and much of northern...

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