Yes. And then Bob, he’s got one. Although he’s not originally from here, he’s came over as a shepherd shortly after I did, and he’s from Kintyre so he’s from that sort of working type of stuff. Kathleen, who’s got one on the north end, her granny is Kate who’s the oldest inhabitant of Eigg and lives on the croft just down the road there, so yeah, there’s still that in there. And Angus, who’s working away. That’s Alistair’s brother so there’s two of the Kirks. So yeah, it’s still there. And it’s good to have the mix as well and I think the people who were born and brought up on Eigg if you like, or have close connections to Eigg, are the ones who feel it’s important to keep the traditions going more than people coming in. I mean, I do as well, and sometimes you think: “Why have I got cows? Why am I doing this?” (laughs) It’s like ... but I don’t know, there’s just something about it. It’s the right thing to do, it’s the right way to do it, and I think that’s maybe more inbred in someone that’s been born and brought up in it than someone coming in. It’s just the way I feel as well, it just happens to be me, but a lot of people will come in and think: “Hmm ...” And I know areas on Skye and places like that where you will get people buying crofts or even becoming tenants and they just plant trees on it and sit there and there’s no communal stuff, there’s no ... And you think that if everybody does that, it’s just small holdings isn’t it? There’s no life left to it, it’s just everybody’s own little bit, and that’s not really what we’ve got here. We have got a shared communal system that does run, not as well as it should and not with as many people as it should, but it does.

  • Neil Robertson
Location:
Eigg
Date:
Thursday 4th February 2010
Reference:
SWI2010/002