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Glenbuchat Heritage

8 Oswald Fanily at Peatfold
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8 Oswald Fanily at Peatfold

Oswald Family Peatfold

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1. An article from the Peoples Journal around 1960 about the Oswald family from Peatfold Glenbuchat
2. A recent advert for Aberdeen Press & Journal Historic photos which includes one of Mary Oswald Skiing as shown in the above article.
3. An enlargement of the Mary Oswald skiing photo

George Oswald was the Keeper on the Glenbuchat estate in the 1950’s and 1960’s. He lived at Peatfold Cottage in Glenbuchat with his wife Myra and three children Mary, Sheila and Linda. The cottage was the last remaining habitation in the Peatfold clachan. The cottage is one of the most isolated in Glenbuchat as it lies about half a mile off the main Glen road, up a rough farm track. In winter it would be snowed in for sometimes weeks at a time.

In the early 1960’s The Peoples Journal (which was produced in Dundee by D C Thomson and which closed in January 1986) published the above article about the Oswald family at Peatfold Glenbuchat and their daughter Mary who skied to school in the winter. Skiing was still a minority sport at this time and you can compare the skiing clothes and equipment with what is available now a days. Warm jacket and hat, tartan trousers, sensible shoes or boots, woollen gaiters possibly home made from dad’s socks and wooden cross country skis and poles. They obviously did the job perfectly well.

In these days when schools close on the merest hint of a snowstorm it is interesting to see the lengths that families took in those days to ensure that children got to School in all weathers. Although Mary went to Towie School click for a picture of the Glenbuchat School in winter

The article also describes in detail some of the problems faced by country dwellers at that time and the ingenious ways they were resolved. Mains electricity did not reach that part of the Glen until about 1974. It also demonstrates how the family prepared to survive the isolation of winter.

Recently an advert appeared for the Aberdeen Press and Journal series of vintage Christmas cards. One of the cards highlighted a photo of Mary skiing presumably taken on the same day.

The Oswald family left Glenbuchat in 1965 and went to the Bed Alder Estate in Dalwhinnie where George Oswald was a deer-stalker. He remained there for 28 years before retiring to Rhynie. Sadly he died in 2004

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I can remember the day this photo was taken. Mary is my older sister and Linda is my younger sister, the little one in my Mams arms and I (Sheila) was too shy to come out and hid behind the sofa !!!!
Added by Sheila Rogerson on 19 October 2015
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