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Interview with Lewis Carran of Laxey about his childhood and farming

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Date(s): 1988

Scope & Content: Lewis Carran of Laxey talks to David Callister about his childhood and farming. He talks about being born in 1900 on a croft at The Quallagh, at the top of Kerrowkeil, near the Cringle Reservoir in the parish of Malew, one of six children; father a Foxdale miner; living on the croft; walking to school at Ballamodha; school days; school run by three sisters, Winny, Ginny and Nellie Corkish; working on various farms as a man-servant including working with horses for William Beck of Ballaoates, Colby; Hollantide and Michaelmas hiring fairs in Douglas and Kirk Michael; harvest time and threshing mill days; being sacked from Ballawattleworth farm near Peel; working at Billown Quarry; Harry White of the Athol Hotel in Douglas who hired him to look after his farm in Foxdale during the Second World War; putting in hay for Mr Costain at Ballachrink; Mr Clague of Orrisdale, Malew.

He tells an anecdote about runaway horses which crashed into the public house in Ballasalla; Christmas at Mr Radcliffe’s, Ballagarey; tale of a colt that fell in a pond and died on a Sunday; Christmas with the family and neighbours and farmers giving an extra pound at Christmas.

Administration / Biographical History: Lewis Carran was born in 1900.

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 20 min. 2 sec.

Item name: compact disc

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0588

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