A little more local history

Loaneckheim to Boblainy

What’s in a name?

I’ve recently been attending a series of local history talks run by a group who are undertaking an archaeological project in the local woods. Their research will cover everything from exploring ‘lumps and bumps’ ie evidence of early history settlements (stone huts, etc), through 18th century land use (farming and crofting) up to the WW2 forestry operations.

I’ve never really studied much local history before am finding this interesting.

As a wee aside from the forest project, I thought I’d look up information about our house. The house is at least 150 years old and was originally a croft. It was owned by Lord Lovat as part of his large estate and had tenant farmers.
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Canadian Forestry camp revisited

Following the recent talk about the Canadian Forestry Corps in the area I thought it was time for another exploration of the local camp, Lovat No 1, Teanacoil. The walk to the sawmill passes a small pond on the way that looks man-made, but I don’t know if this is associated with the sawmill or not.

Pond close by sawmill

The accommodation block is still standing, but although I went inside for a few photos I didn’t stay long as it looks very unstable. I honestly don’t think I’d go inside if alone now, but with Neil there we hoped we’d be able to rescue each other!!
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Canadian Forestry Corps in the local woods

Last week I went to a very interesting talk about the Canadian Forestry Corps in the Highlands of Scotland. I was interested to learn more about this as the CFC worked locally – both here at Kiltarlity and where I work at Glenmore.

The Canadian Forestry Corps. was composed of professional woodsmen and was first organized during World War One at the request of the UK to help meet Britain’s timber needs during the war. It was re-formed in World War Two to play the same role. Most of its activities were centred in the Highlands of Scotland during the latter conflict. There were 33 camps scattered in north-eastern Scotland.
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