We renovated a house in 1976, we discovered there was a cavity wall and one of the builders said that he’d always heard that was the first village with cavity walls. The blocks were shuttered on site, they were massive big blocks. What I was saying there was that it wasn’t really out of generosity that the land was broken up, people felt that the government more or less had to show their sympathetic side. But the people who got the crofts, they were from neighbouring villages like Swordale, Knock and Bayble. It was just like winning the lottery is in our day and age. It was that kind of ... there’s a safety net that was there because they could grow their own food.

  • Alasdair Macleod
Monday 15th February 2010