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Crofter Boy (clip 1)

Life in a crofting community in the 1950s

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This film is a dramatised documentary about life in a crofting community. In this film we meet Kenny the Crofter Boy and his family who live in the crofting community of Invergair. Kenny travels 14 miles to the nearest school by car and bus. The lessons begin and we see Boys doing woodwork and playing shinty during the interval, with the girls singing in a Gaelic choir.

Questions & Activities


  • What is a croft and where would you find a crofting community?
  • What jobs do you see Kenny's mum and dad doing?
  • How does Kenny get to school and how long does it take him?
  • Compare Kenny's school to your own. What is similar and what is different?
  • The children in the clip are said to 'take the scenery for granted' - do you take anything for granted about the area you live in?
  • How has technology changed the experience of rural and remote schools in Scotland?
  • What job do you think Kenny will do when he leaves school?
  • What traditions are important to Gaelic speaking culture?


Geography / Social History: Invergair is a fictional place in the film. Look at the map at the beginning of the clip and try and locate where this fictional village might have been based. Investigate other areas of Scotland that would have had crofting communities.

Business Studies: Find out about modern industries in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.

Health and Wellbeing / Social Studies: What tasks do you think Kenny had to help out with before and after school?

Music: Find out about traditions of Gaelic music (e.g. 'Lining Out').

English: Write a diary entry for a typical day in Kenny's life.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-000-027-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0112
Date 1955
Genre Documentary, Drama Doc, Educational
School Subject Geography, Gaelic, English, Health and Wellbeing, Business Studies, Music
Subject Matter Rivers and Coasts
Who SEFA (sponsor), SFC (sponsor), Stanley L. Russell (director), Thames and Clyde (production company)
Where Highlands
Event Schooldays
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 6:17
Film Length 19:00
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