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dc.creatorTania Gardner
dc.date2013-08-09
dc.date.accessioned2020-10-12T20:05:27Z
dc.date.available2020-10-12T20:05:27Z
dc.identifierDG13/8/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/52116
dc.descriptionBiographical interview with Jim Gordon (87) who was born in Lanark and moved to Kircudbrightshire when his father, a chemist specialising in agricultural supplies, bought Mullock and Corrahill farms. His family had long associations with the area. His grandfather had contributed to the Second Statistical Account when he was minister at Twynholm and the family had farmed for many generations at Culraven, Borgue. Prior to moving from Lanark, Jim spent many holidays in the area, staying with family. Jim talks about going to school at the academy and talks about the children who came from outlying towns and communities and boarded in the town during the school week. In 1942, the army commandeered land around Kirkcudbright, including Jim's family farms. He describes this time as quite traumatic and discusses the impact on the community. Mullock and Corrahill supported a farm community of 46 people at that time and they all had to be rehoused. This would have been similar for a number of farms near by and had wider effects, such as the closure of the school at Townhead. The family subsequently moved to Boreland of Girthon (which they bought from Mrs Murray-Usher). Jim then mentions his time in the army and his return to the family farm at the end of the war. He took over Underwood Farm and married in 1950. He talks about this period of his life, including the effects of the drought in 1952/3, the reduction in the size of farm workforces and moves towards mechanisation in dairy farming. He also talks about some of his hobbies, including the Solway Car Club, Young Farmers and the Choral Society. He left farming to run the Ellangowan Hotel in Creetown and, after three years there, the Selkirk Arms otel Kirkcudbright. In the next section of the interview, Jim talks about the Kirkcudbright artists, particularly E A Taylor and Jessie M King. Other subjects covered here include: the changing population in the town; shops and businesses; the vans and salesmen who came around the farms in the past; life at the harbour; the boy's brigade camp at Mulloch (run for the lads from Lanark who travelled to the camp in a flat-bed lorry); family holidays, Candlemas celebratons and music.
dc.format.extent1h19m12s
dc.subjectMaterial culture
dc.subjectEntertainment
dc.subjectTravel and transport
dc.subjectCandlemas
dc.subjectCulraven farm (borgue)
dc.subjectTales and anecdotes
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectMusic
dc.subjectTongland
dc.subjectSocial history
dc.subjectSport
dc.subjectAgriculture
dc.subjectEducation
dc.subjectShopping
dc.subjectCreetown
dc.subjectOral history
dc.subjectCustom and belief
dc.subjectAudio recordings
dc.subjectCustoms
dc.subjectBoreland of girthon
dc.subjectHealth
dc.subjectKirkcudbright
dc.subjectWar
dc.subjectMovement
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectTwynholm
dc.subjectFieldwork
dc.subjectRecreation
dc.subjectUnderwood farm
dc.subjectArts and crafts
dc.subjectMullock and corrahill farms
dc.subjectDomestic life
dc.subjectVisual art
dc.subjectShops
dc.subjectLifecycle
dc.subjectEthnology
dc.subjectShops and businesses
dc.subjectWorld war 2
dc.subjectCommunity
dc.subjectWorking life
dc.subjectFarming
dc.subjectSchooldays
dc.subjectChildhood
dc.subjectSocial organisation
dc.subjectBiography
dc.subjectHistory
dc.titleDG13-8 Interviews of Jim Gordon AIP
dc.typePhotograph
dc.typeAudio


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