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GAZ-000 - Gazetteer of Cairndow - Glen Fyne Website

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In 2011 Here We Are had the idea of a “Gazetteer of Cairndow”

It is a study to map the land ownership and land use of a West Highland parish over the 20th century, with emphasis at three key points in time. i.e. 1905, when Sir Andrew Noble bought all of the parish as a sporting estate and cleared the sheep for stalking; via 1950 with its post war changes but farming practices relatively traditional (and clearly remembered by older people here today); to the end of the century with multiple land owners and the changing and diverse economy.

We didn’t envisage how time consuming this would be. Just to create the data base with Design is Central and took many months, partly owing to the difficulty of communication and understanding between the IT expert and our view of what we wanted the data base to be able to do.  Then delineating the changing land ownership in itself took many months.

Cairndow village 1960s
So we then decided to take just a section – Glen Fyne – to create a detailed website This is what you see here – largely thanks to the inventiveness of Sam Coley of Samteq and the hard work of Dot Chalmers of Here We Are. However none of this would be possible without the knowledge of the land and the memory bank of many local people, in particular Alistair McCallum, Ernie MacPherson and Alice Beattie.

Archaeological detail was added to the website by Tom Addyman and Tanja Romankiewicz from Addyman Archaeology, who surveyed and recorded “Benvalagan”, an old settlement at the Head of Glen Fyne.

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