Posted by: tireecottage | August 8, 2009

1930’s Tiree Haymaking

i1999-99-30Photograph of John and Flora Campbell with a hay rake and pitchfork in the 1930s. Courtesy of Mrs Mairi Brady

In this photograph taken in the 1930s, John Campbell from Garaphail in Cornaigmore and his wife Flora MacEachern from Creag Mhòr in Cornaigbeg are helping out with hay-making. The photo was taken only a few hundred metres from Struthan Cottage!

The pitchfork and wooden hay rake would have been made locally, the pitchfork head in one of the island’s smiddies, possibly in Cornaigbeg. Flora was the aunt of Hugh MacEachern, the last blacksmith there.

John and Flora had two sons: Hugh who was a chemist in Port Glasgow and Archie who played with Norwich City Football Club. In their retirement the couple returned to Tiree and lived near the school at Cornaigmore.

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