|The site of the Langwell castle near where Aucastle was. Inver is also shown.||Postcard of Berriedale 1832. Langwell House is on the hill above.|
|The site of the old castle is in front of the round circle on the green at Langwell House||Langwell Castle site from the air by Alan Moar on Caithness.org|
|Highland Wedding at Blair Atholl 1780, by David Allan||The Penny Wedding 1818, by Sir David Wilkie|
|Unknown Fiddler about 1858. Am Baile Facebook||Travelling Fiddler|
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|Walking on moorland was often the only means of travel.||Highland Foot-post by McIan|
“Langwell stands about two miles up the Strath. There is a garden here, capable of raising fine fruit and vegetables. If properly attended to there would not be the equal to it in the country, as it lies in a fine sheltered situation, and has a splendid rich soil. I never saw potatoes grow to the same perfection as in Langwell. I remember well my first visit to Langwell, accompanied by my father, in the days of John Caucher, the gardener - a hearty, kind and good neighbour. After we did ample justice to the very best fruit that John could supply, he crammed my father's plaid neuk with his delicacies, to treat the remainder of the household when we reached home.”
- The remains of old Langwell Castle are still there near the front of the Langwell House lawn. Horne built a farm house near there at some stage. Alexander Gunn seems to refer to this area as Aucastle. The main house was started in the early nineteenth century but has been altered and added to since. To give perspective, in the post card of Berriedale the war memorial can be seen centre left while the aerial picture shows the war memorial top centre.
- The Berriedale Inn is not there any longer.
- Braxy was meat from a sheep that had died from some cause often by getting stuck in snow or ice. It would not be eaten these days.
- The violin or fiddle had been introduced to Scotland in the late 17 century. It was a popular instrument with both the rich and poor. Robert Burns had a violin and not only played it but also put words to fiddle music. In the eighteenth century a very skilled and popular violinist named Niel Gow played at many functions. He is recognisable in both the wedding pictures here. The Duke of Athol actually paid him 5 pounds per year to play for him. There is now a vast collection of dance music for violin much of which was published in Scotland from the mid 18th century.