Two short papers about Gaelic by Dr. John Holliday.
(1) Summary of the results from a Gaelic Survey conducted by Tiree & Coll Gaelic Partnership. (2) Plan to encourage Gaelic on Tiree through Gaelic playgroups, Gaelic Medium Unit, adult classes and bilingual signs.
Mabel Kennedy talks to Dr John Holliday in October 1998 about the interior decoration of the house at Main Road Farm in Balephuil where she lived until she went to work in service in Glasgow in 1926.
The floors of the house were made of concrete although, at that time, some must still have been beaten earth and clay. Earthen floors were considered warmer for children’s feet than concrete or flagstones and were kept clean by a sprinkling of shell sand every day except Sunday.
The walls inside were painted twice a year with whitewash made from seashells. The difficulty and expense of obtaining household goods on a remote Hebridean island encouraged the resourcefulness of the local people who would make do with the materials to hand.