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Delivering firewood at Strathyre Forest
Forestry Memories
No: 1596   Contributor: Norman Davidson   Year: 1958
Delivering firewood at Strathyre Forest

Photographs courtesy of William Fleming, Polmont.

William spent two years on a Forestry Commission apprentice scheme in Strathyre Forest living in the hostel with about 16 other young lads who worked along side the local longer term forest workers.

Firewood to the hostel was delivered by the forestry lorry seen here being unloaded by Willie MacLeod and Mary MacLeod. William recalls that Mary had been a Timber Corps girl during the war and now she operated the ex army lorry at Strathyre Forest often delivering firewood to the office and hostel as well as the working men to the more far flung forests. The apprentices also attended night classes during the week and she delivered them to the class room in Callander.

Willie MacLeod was no relation to Mary but he worked the little single bench sawmill at Strathyre and spent quite a bit of time cutting firewood but also assume cross cut and pointed posts.

William remembers other names of the regular forestry staff at Strathyre;
Bob McGeachie (Asssistant Forester)
Peter McCallum
Jimmy Houston
John Sinclair
Peter Grant (Trapper)
Bruce Purdie
Peter McGregor
Norman Grant
Sandy Cruickshank (Forester at Stank Glen)
Bobby Johnston
Tommy Smillie (Felling Contractor)
Donald Kennedy (Glen Ogle Bogle)

Does anyone remember them?

Picture added on 20 February 2013
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My mum worked with the forestry at Strathyre along with Donald Kennedy, her name was Jean Ferguson.

Added by Judith McVicar on 24 February 2015.
Yes Donald Kennedy was my mother's uncle they all lived locally in lochearnhead he had a small croft that is still there but in ruin on the left hand side of the road coming from killin about 300 yards from the scout hut entrance. I had happy days there as my mum took us there when we were young

Added by on 08 February 2019.
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