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So Many Partings (clip 2)

Scenes of farewell and of the old ways of life, set to traditional songs reflecting emigration

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Grampian Television documentary about emigration in the 1960s.

Shots of pilings and jetties, now wrecked and disused. Fishermen haul in a net full of herring. Elderly people walk amongst the ruins of the near deserted fishing village. A burning homestead and mention of the Highland clearances.

Emotional scenes of people leaving, saying farewell to relatives and friends on the quay. Close-ups of faces, and shots of passengers waving from deck, a piper playing the ship away from the quay.

Songs include Net Hauling Song; Ae Fond Kiss

Updated October 2020

Questions & Activities


  • What reasons might people have to emigrate from Scotland today?
  • What countries do they go to?
  • What is the difference between emigration and immigration?
  • What happened to the herring industry?


Create a map showing where Scots emigrated to in a way that gives a clear indication of the numbers involved (e.g. through different sized arrows). Discuss whether the Scots were welcome or whether they were met with prejudice.

Make your own music video tribute to Scotland. What music and images would you choose and what would you want to say?

Make your own short documentary about problems facing Scotland today.

Create a visual representation of people you know who have emigrated or immigrated and show where on the map they went to or have come from.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-139-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref 0806
Date 1966
Genre TV Documentary
School Subject Social Studies, History, Geography, Music
Subject Matter Media, Emigration
Who Edward Joffe (director), Grampian Television (production company)
Where Greenock
Event Emigration
Attributes Black and White, Sound
Clip Length 6:30
Film Length 26:50