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Colour photograph of Jean MacCallum nee Watson of Balevullin, with a cow named ‘Lady Kathryn’.


When Jean’s grandson was courting his future wife, he bought a milking cow so that she could experience milk straight from a cow. He named the cow Lady Kathryn after her, and they made butter under Jean’s supervision. Unfortunately, however, the cow was bad tempered and only Jean was able to milk her.


Audio cassette recording of Janet Brown of Balephuil talking to Maggie Campbell in November 1999.

Janet Brown of Balephuil talks to Maggie Campbell in November 1999 about making butter and cheese, how there was always plenty of food even if the ferry couldn’t make Tiree, different kinds of scones, how all the work had to be finished by Saturday night in order to observe the Sabbath, washing using galvanised baths and Sunlight soap, washing blankets in the burn, harvesting, how herring were plentiful, how everyone helped preparing for a wedding, ceilidhs and dancing and different kinds of stockings.