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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, seagulls waiting hopefully. The fish are brought aboard, tipped on deck and sorted. The skipper steers the boat through the sea. A wrecked boat ashore, near ruined stone buildings. Elderly people walk amongst the ruins of the near deserted fishing village. They sit on a bench by the road, watching traffic passing and smoking pipes. A homestead burns. 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. The crowds leaves the dock. An old woman, alone on the quay, waves an umbrella to the ship as it gets smaller and smaller, and further away.

Questions & Activities


  • How does this film make you feel?
  • What reasons might people have to emigrate today?
  • What countries do they go to?
  • What is the difference between emigration and immigration?
  • What promises does a republic make to its citizens and a kingdom make to its subjects?


Geography: 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 as some immigrants to Scotland experience.

English / Music: Using this clip and clip 1, make your own music video tribute to Scotland. What music and images would you choose and what would you want to say with it? Then make your own short documentary about the social problems facing Scotland today.

Portraiture: Use this film about emigration as inspiration for a portrait. Think about what we can tell about their character and their emotions and what the portrait may symbolise.

Wall display: Design and create a wall display of the journey from Scotland to a new life.

Social History: 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.

Emigration: If you were to emigrate, research where would you emigrate to. Deliver a presentation explaining your reasons and try to convince other members of your class.

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
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