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Cutting hay at Cornaig in the 1920s

Photograph of hay-makers at Cornaig in 1920s.

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Courtesy of Mrs Doris MacLean

Archibald MacLean, the last miller at Cornaig (on the extreme left), is pictured here with his family and neighbours cutting hay with a horse-drawn reaper in the 1920s. The reaper worked non-stop round the field until the patch of growing hay was all cut.

Alasdair MacLean from Kilmoluaig is sitting holding a scythe which was used to deal with problem patches. It was also used when work commenced to open up a pathway inside the gate for the reaper to begin.

The woman is the miller’s sister, Flora, who is using a three-pronged fork made in the local smiddy. She followed the reaper to keep the pathway clear for the next time it came round.

Black and white photograph of haycutters at Cornaig in the 1920s or 1930s.

Cutting hay at Cornaig in the 1920s or 30s. L-R: Archibald MacLean, the miller at Cornaig; the miller`s sister Flora (Floraidh Ruadh) who had a shop in Cornaig; (seated on the ground) Alasdair MacLean from Lochside; unknown; Donald MacLean, son of the miller. This is a reaper cutting hay. It worked non-stop round the field until the patch of growing hay disappeared. The seated worker is holding a scythe which was used to deal with problem patches. It was also used when work commenced to open up a pathway for the reaper to begin. The female used a three-pronged fork made in the smiddy. She followed the reaper to keep the pathway clear for the next time it came round.

Object Details

Other Number: S58
Normal Location: Photograph Shelves: photographs – S1-99
Current Location: normal location

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