Balnagowan Lamington

The Canadian Forestry Corps' (CFC) came to the Scottish Highlands in 1941 to help cut down trees.

No. 9 and No.14 CFC Companies made their base at the Balnagowan Estate, located just south of Tain.

On 20 April, the No. 9 Company was set up at Lamington Camp, located near an old farmstead called Mineralbank Cottage. Locals still warmly remember the time the unit spent at Lamington.
Testing conditions

Summer 1941 was extremely wet; cutting and moving trees in muddy, boggy conditions was a difficult job.

"In Canada, we expect to find our boggy ground in the low lying areas. Not so in Scotland. I well remember tractor drivers saying that it was the only country that boggy ground could be found at the top of hills as well. The perpetual rain, the locals referred to it as 'Scotch mist', did not help either"
Anon. (date unknown) Canadian National Archive records quoted by W. C. Wonders (1991) in "Sawdust Fusiliers"
Audio

Storyteller Essie Stewart shares a local tale in both Gaelic and English.