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    Default Hebridean Home Movies from Way Back When ....

    Twenty-odd years ago I got a job looking after a small Lewesian sporting estate called Morsgail.
    During my year there I was kindly given two VHS videos of home movies first filmed in the 1930s and '40s. Some years back I transposed the tape to digital format and I've finally got around to editing it and uploading to YouTube.
    In the hope it is of interest to others, I offer them to you now.










    They are silent and the quality isn't great but they give us a brief glimpse into a bygone age.

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    A blast from the past, some history there pre WW2 & the last video post WW2
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    Brilliant stuff although some light fiddle or tin whistle music would be nice edited over the top of it.
    I bet the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive would be interested in those too.


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    I spy Roag fisher at around 11.55 on the last one in the fetching pink shirt.

    Thanks for posting, my favourite place to be (aside from winter).

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    Default lewis

    Thanks for posting really enjoyed watching, and a glimpse of the house I was born in on South Beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by langavat View Post
    Thanks for posting really enjoyed watching, and a glimpse of the house I was born in on South Beach.
    Do you know a guy called Mike Reed by any chance. Lives at a place called South Lochs??
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    Wow, Langavat! That's a bit special. For many years I spent a week at Kinresort in late June/early July in the half-ruined keepers house. In a drought I've seen two shoals of 500-odd salmon circling the bay waiting to run to Ulladale and Voshmid. It was like an Attenborough documentary! In perspective, though, when I gillied at Amhuinnsuidhe I was told that 'back in the day' they couldn't start the outboard until they'd rowed a mile up Loch Resort, it was so thick with fish!

    I lived in the head keepers house, Garry Morsgail (just visible on the hill to the right of Morsgail Lodge), when I was caretaker there in '96. Such good times.

    If it is of interest to anyone, David S D Jones has written several books on Hebridean sporting estates, including one devoted to Morsgail (which once included Uig & Hamnavay Estate, too) - 'Morsgail - The Story of a Sporting Estate'.

    Tbh, I'm mildly surprised at the warm responses here as the quality is often low. It's made the effort worthwhile.
    Simon Grace: I agree, music would be nice. I'll look for some copyright-free tunes if I've time. If anyone knows of a 'free music' library I could source from, please say. I know I still have a VHS copy of the '30s footage (somewhere) and will notify the NLS in the future, cheers.

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    The Lodge for a fortnight in early Sept, the fishing, walked-up & flighting - looks like good value. If one could find 4-5 like-minded couples

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    love the dance from the chap with the salmon in part 2
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    Part2..0:48 0:56 1:24

    Good morning men. Would you mind just standing there while I swing my gun about and shoot your dog and all your legs off!!!!
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