Not in the archive itself. I’ve never come across Gaelic in the archive but the factors would have to be Gaelic speakers so I think that’s why there’s a big black hole of where the crofters are because the factors ... there’s not a written record. They’re just going out into the crofting communities and speaking to them and if not the factors then it would’ve been their subordinates, the ground officers, who actually do the day-to-day business. Rent collection, resolving disputes between crofters, it’s all done verbally, orally, so it’s not in the written records, no.

  • Annie Tindley
Thursday 13th May 2010