XVIII - Abandoned Croft, Lochskipport, South Uist

Field Notes

An abandoned croft with its derelict home on the east coast of South Uist in the Outer Hebrides. 

Probably a  different type of migration from the land shown in XXIV : Abandoned Croft, Staffin, Isle of Skye”.  Both economically motivated without a doubt.  Here on the east of coast of South Uist the land is a lot less fertile.  People probably would have moved here having been moved off the richer, flatter west coast and ultimately they would have emigrated (forced or otherwise) to Canada as a part of the Highland Clearances.  A lot of people would never see Canada as they died aboard ship from diseases that were never present in the Hebrides like smallpox and typhus that they caught on board ship.

In the end the land they left was given over to live stock, more often than not sheep.


Technical Notes

Date : July 2014

Camera : Zero Image 2000

Film : Rollei Infra Red 400

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