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Sutherland Crofters
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Sutherland Crofters

This picture of a group of Sutherland crofters was taken at the foot of a croft known as Leslie's croft (location unknown), just after they had been released from Dornoch Jail. They had been arrested for resisting eviction orders. The long horns were used by the women to summon the men back to the croft when the Sheriff's men were spotted coming up the glen. They are mainly members of a family called Calder.
Back (L to R) - John Calder, John Matheson, William Calder, Robbie Calder, Walter Chisholm.
Front (L to R) - Neil Calder, Mrs Ross, Massie Mackay, George Munro.
Picture added on 23 February 2004
my grandfather "john leslie" was born at "garbh leathad" above "bonar bridge" in 1884, they were a large family, could this be the "leslie's croft" ???
Added by Martin Leslie on 16 March 2006
I think Neil Calder is my grandfather. The family stories tell of him and his sister being in jail but she is not in this picture. If it is, he came out to Western Australia and farmed in Geraldton.
Added by Gaye Englund on 04 May 2006
I was brought up in garbh-leathad and my mother still runs the croft. If the pic above was taken there it looks like the top of the field that is at the bottom of the croft the dyke is still there.
Added by Morag soszka on 09 November 2010
I have an original copy of this picture in my family papers and think the Calders were cousins. The names were written on the back of the picture by my grandfather . My direct ancestors lived in Rhinamain, Creich, Sutherland at the time of the protest.
Added by Pamela calder on 29 January 2017
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