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Crofter Boy (clip 2)

Second clip from life in a crofting community in the 1950s

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Kenny's mother collects peat for the fire, and cooks girdle scones in the grate. We see Etta, Kenny's sister, at work in a hotel, serving an elderly gentleman.

Sheep dipping, Barrmor Tool Works and the men at work inside the factory using some of the machinery.

Officials watch a demonstration of a tractor. We then see men working at re-forestation, with close ups of planting young trees and a tractor-driven mobile sawmill producing fence posts on site from felled timber.

There is detail of the Kerry Falls hydro-electric station, with a man watching some of the instruments. We then see the beach front with local residents visiting the Hydro-Electric Board's mobile showroom.

Questions & Activities


  • What is a girdle scone and how is it made?
  • Why is sheep dipping important?
  • How has technology changed crofters' lives?
  • What is the peat used for and why is coal only used sparingly?
  • What types of energy can you see being used and how is the energy made?


Research how we source food today and discuss the issues of sustainability and food poverty.

Discuss the style and content of this documentary. Whose voices are absent and what does this say about this presentation of Scottish rural life?

Seasonal work was important when this film was made. Find out whether seasonal work is still an important source of income for local people and what types of work this entails.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-023-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 0112
Date 1955
Genre Documentary, Drama Documentary, Educational
School Subject Geography, Gaelic, English, Health and Wellbeing, Social History
Subject Matter Rivers and Coasts
Who SEFA (sponsor), SFC (sponsor), Stanley L. Russell (director), Thames and Clyde (production company)
Where Invergair, Highlands
Event Schooldays, Crofting
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 5:39
Film Length 19:00