Snapshots of Island life over time

Early 1920s


RA Mitchell outside the cottage dyke with a friend, Ted Gaukroger, apparently with a considerable party in prospect. 


Early 1920s

Granny Mitchell is seen here on the rocks with friends. George Fergusson, a builder from Gatehouse, who rented the Island cottage in the late 1920s, is in the middle foreground.  Is GB Sproat on the right?




The Rutherfurd family had three summers on the Island in the early 1950s. Here (from left) Peter, Harry and Mary are preparing their boat at the beach.  Isle Mouth is seen in the background.  Their father was a doctor at Kirkcudbright.



My father designed a raft to carry Lady McCulloch’s china from the Island to her cottage in Gatehouse.  We floated it precariously across at high water.



He had built Ariel at home in Aberdeenshire over the winter of 1956-7, following our first season on the Island.  Here she is on the beach, which shows much more sand then than there is today. 



My brother-in-law Peter and my brother Ian, with my nieces Kate (on left) and Emily.




My sister Deborah with her youngest child, Hamish, having his bath on the dining table.




My daughters Hannah and Megs at the edge of the sea.



We have often arranged a jafel (toasted sandwich) party with the McCulloch family during our own summer visit to the Island.  Here the laird and his younger son Michael are seen with my niece Kate, my daughter Megs and my nephew Hamish



The annual job of cleaning out the rain-water butts is not a very pleasant one. Hannah and Megs do not much relish it here.  There are no services and much physical labour is required to sustain everyday life on the Island.



As kids we grew up with a ‘volcano’ (Kelly kettle) for brewing tea outside.  I recently renewed the tradition.



Deborah with the teapot which has served perhaps 40 years.



A typical August sunset. The tip of Murray’s Isles can be seen to the right.


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