Am Bratach No. 222
April 2010

Historic photograph turns up

This hitherto unpublished photograph, recently discovered in our archives, was taken minutes after Allan MacRae, chairman of the Assynt Crofters Trust, announced at a special meeting held in Stoer Primary School on December 8 1992 that the trust had had their bid to buy the North Assynt Estate accepted.

On the left of the photo, trust secretary Bill Ritchie, Achmelvich, pours a glass of champagne, assisted by Kenny John Matheson, Clachtoll. David Bowes from Skerray, the subject of a warm tribute from a reader in the letter in our April 2010 issue, holds a basin to catch any spillage while a member of the media brandishes a microphone.

The photograph was taken by Donald MacLeod of Am Bratach, who had travelled to the hastily-called meeting with David Bowes, after they were alerted by Issie MacPhail, daughter of a Clashmore (Stoer) crofter, that an important announcement on the fate of the estate was imminent.

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