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Kiltearn Places of interest


Lemlair House, probably in the early 1900s.

Rear view showing vegetable and fruit garden, with Cromarty Firth and Black Isle in background.


Lemlair Farm and farm workers.  Could man on right be owner Wylie Hill?


Lemlair Farm cottages, early 1900s.

In the 1930s the cottage on the right became Lemlair Side School, designed to cater for farm workers' children in the area from age P1 to P5.  By the end of the Second World War the (sole) teacher was Miss Margaret Mackenzie, from Tain, who travelled each day by train to Foulis Station where she collected her bicycle and pedalled the 1½  miles to the school - in all weathers!

By that time the adjacent cottages, although occupied, were in a severe state of dilapidation.  Water came from an outside tap and, in winter,  Miss Mackenzie would make cocoa for the pupils, using a paraffin stove in the entrance area.  The one room classroom was heated by open fire and pupils used slates for writing.   The chemical toilets were in a two-apartment hut in the wood, one for Miss Mackenzie and the other for all pupils.  Two open "middens" were located In each corner of the area in front of the cottages and a rat-infested burn ran underground.  Health and safety came into play (in the 1960s?) when the school was closed.

Despite the Dickensian conditions, Miss Mackenzie ensured that her pupils received excellent tuition.
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