Tobar an Dualchais

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On the website http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/ the School of Scottish Studies has shared a huge range of oral recordings taken over the past centuries.

There are quite a number that pertain to the people and places of the parish of Ardchattan.

A few are listed here to give you a flavour and encourage you to search out for yourself. .. and more will be added over time.

http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/10255/13
Title - Naidheachd mu shinnsearachd an fhiosraiche mar phìobairean.
Contributors - Mrs MacLucas
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean
Summary - Information on the contributor's family as pipers.
The contributor's grandfather, Kenneth MacKenzie, was a piper to the General of Campbell Loch Nell. Her father was also a piper. People used to come to hear him play. They told stories and sang songs.

http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/10256/14
Title - An crùisgean.
Contributors - Mrs MacLucas
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean
Summary - The crùisgean [oil lamp].
The contributor saw a crùisgean dubh [oil lamp] being lit in their house. It was fuelled with oil from dog-fish livers.

http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/10258/16
Title - Caisteal Loch nan Eala.
Contributors - Mrs MacLucas
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean
Summary - Loch Nell's castle.
Loch Nell's castle went on fire. The contributor's mother was going to school at the time; they got a half day. It was rebuilt in the contributor's schooldays, but not by the Campbells.

http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/38612/41
Title - Fiosrachadh mun mhaighdinn-bhuana.
Contributors - Mrs MacLucas
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean
Summary - Information about the harvest maiden.
Information about the fun young folk had at harvest time. The contributor took the harvest maiden home many times. Her mother told her that the harvest maiden was shared among the horses when ploughing began in spring. It was decorated with ribbon. The practice only stopped recently [said in 1958]. It was an honour to cut the last sheaf.
The women cut the sheaves and the men bound them.

http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/en/fullrecord/38836/47
Title - Fiosrachadh mu stoirmean agus droch aimsir.
Contributors - Mrs MacLucas
Reporters - Calum Iain Maclean
Summary - Information about storms and bad weather.
The contributor remembers the night of the Tay Bridge disaster. She was about nine years old. The loch came over the crofts that night. There was an extremely high tide three years later, but no storm. They used to get a lot of snow at one time.

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