Tain Museum Image Library

Butter making
Tain Museum Image Library
Butter making

This picture shows butter being made at Tarrel using a hand operated churn. At one time most farms would have their own dairy and use their own milk to make butter for the household. We have no date for this photo but it possibly dates to sometime between the wars.
Picture added on 07 February 2006
My Aunt Mrs James Munro wife of James Munro, son of Mrs P Munro above left a pair of meal barrels to Mrs Sandy Gordon her husbands neice. She is the only surviving grand-daughter of Mr and Mrs P Munro. They were made at the Seaton Pottery Aberdeen possibly as a wedding gift, with the name Mrs P Munro Farrel 1893 on them. Farrel a misspelling of Tarrel. Mrs Gordon allowed me to offer the pair to the National Museums Scotland. IUnusually they both had lids and were accepted for the Scottish ceramic collection with provenance as museums like.
Added by Crissie W H White on 19 February 2009
I believe this is a photograph of Mrs P Munro Tarrel. I have a photograph of her much younger with her husband which I found behind a picture of my Aunt and Husband after she died in 2002.
James Munro their son farmed at Glaic Ardross. He married my Aunt Elizabeth Margaret White from Motherwell during WWII. They met on holiday, her mother came from Alness. I recently learned from an Ardross member of the Scottish Vernacular Buildings Working Group that the family were moved from Tarrel Farm because the land was needed by the MOD for some war purpose. perhaps that could be checked out. Their daughter married a Mitchell who ran a Haulage Business in Alness. Their granddaughter, Mrs Gordon formerly of Newmore lives in Invergordon.

Added by Crissie W H White on 19 February 2009
Tarrel was part of area, including the village of Inver and over 40 farms, in the Tarbat Peninsula of Easter Ross, that was evacuated and cleared of people crops and livestock to provide a training ground supposedly suitable for practicing for the Normandy landings. Ironically, because the tides moved the sand and water channels it proved unsuitable (which the locals, if asked, could have told them) for this purpose and the area was used as a shooting range instead.
Added by Margaret Urquhart on 21 February 2009
Peter Munro, Tarrel was the shepherd not the farmer. His wife no doubt helped in the dairy. Their picture is in the museum File for comparison

Added by Crissie White on 29 June 2016
Peter Munro was the shepherd at Tarrel as recorded on his son James's Birth certificate and employee not an owner.
Added by Crissiewhitew@ntlworld.com on 11 March 2018
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