Auchindrain Township | West Township
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West Township Tag

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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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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A black and white map of Auchindrain showing the buildings and surrounding landscape. Red lines are running across the middle and left hand side of the map.

The Crossroads

[intro] The roads in the township have been used for hundreds of years. They are narrow and unevenly-surfaced, made of earth, rocks, and crushed stone packed down hard.  In the past, before cars, buses and lorries, all roads outside towns were like this.[/intro] [details] Until the 18th...

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A black and white photo of a person dressed in a tartan shawl, wearing a head covering. The person's clothes are old fashioned.

Bell a’Phuill

[intro] For much of the 19th century, this was home to Isabella McCallum, known as Bell a’Phuill. She was thought to be the “wise-woman” of the township, skilled in first-aid and able to make and use medicines from plants to treat sickness and injuries.[/intro] [details] The wise-woman...

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A low, windowless drystone building in a grassy field, with a red corrugated metal roof. It has a single large entrance.

Building Y

[intro] On the other side of the main road you can see Building Y. This is a threshing barn. It was home to the tractor in the early 1960s, and was one of the last buildings used for farming – in the late 1960s, Willie Weir...

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