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Interview with Abigail Faragher about her childhood and farming

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Date(s): 6 November 1985

Scope & Content: Abigail Faragher talks to Walter Clarke about her childhood and life on farms including Ballayack, Billown, Ballacomish and Earystane. She talks about her schooldays at Ballabeg and Dalby; headmaster Mr Corris, teachers Mrs Corris and Jimmy Corkish; pupils Jimmy Lowey, Norah and Basil Dobson, the Quane girls from Ballagawne, Maggie Gawne and Harry Kinrade; teacher Mr Callister in Dalby who taught them numbers in Manx Gaelic; school year determined by the farming calendar; working on the farm from when she was a child; field names around Ballayack and Earystane; working with horses; harvest; feeding animals in winter, including gorse; cheese making, including from sheep’s milk; preparing chickens, geese and turkeys for Christmas; slaughter of animals; salt meat for winter; jam making; potato bread. She explains that her family had a stall at Douglas market; using the train; other farming families who sold there; use of charms and Mrs Dobson; social events in Dalby; Earystane chapel.

Administration / Biographical History: Walter Clarke, Manx speaker, translator and Manx Museum technician (1928-2007).

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 9 min. 48 sec.

Item name: magnetic recording tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0117

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